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Sharron Angle not debating, Irish PM not drunk, Plutonium not secure

It's a good thing that Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has abandoned her earlier support for a return of Prohibition, because her explanation for why she pulled out of a debate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be better understood after a few drinks.

To recap the saga: First, Tea Party darling Angle challenged her opponent to a debate on journalist Jon Ralston's "Face to Face" program: "What I would like to see is Harry Reid come into this studio with you and I and have a true debate."

Reid, ignoring Angle's grammatical troubles, accepted. A debate was set for Oct. 21. Then an Angle spokesman called Ralston to cancel. Angle's explanation, offered in a radio interview Tuesday: "We've always been very clear that we didn't want to debate after early voting started because we wanted an informed electorate."

It takes an honest politician to acknowledge that listening to her for an hour would leave the populace less informed. Still, Nevadans may yet have an opportunity to expand their ignorance in a different Reid-Angle debate scheduled for Oct. 14.

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In other intemperance news, when Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was interviewed on Irish radio Tuesday morning, he sounded groggy, his words a bit slurred. Some listeners, including those of the opposition party, suggested that he might have been drunk.

In a subsequent interview, a more crisp and lively Taoiseach said it was "ridiculous" to think that he might have been under the influence or hungover. "Absolutely not," he said.

Possibly he was merely up late trying to figure out Sharron Angle's debate strategy.

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Pastor Terry Jones in Florida got all the attention, but it turns out the Koran-burning movement is somewhat decentralized. In Amarillo, Texas, one David Grisham had planned to barbecue a lighter-fluid-soaked Koran on a grill -- at least until a skateboarder snatched the holy book from him and pronounced the immortal words: "Dude, you have no Koran."

Now comes a report that the would-be arsonist, when he's not trying to ignite scripture, has a day job: He is an armed guard at a plutonium plant operated by a Department of Energy contractor.

Guess we should count ourselves lucky that the grill was fired by propane.

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Endorsement Watch:

Batman endorses an attorney general candidate in New York.

Lady Gaga, alleging that "gay veterans were my VMA dates," endorses a Senate vote repealing don't-ask-don't-tell.

An uncharacteristically magnanimous Bill Clinton endorses Jerry Brown, who only days earlier had invoked the Monica Lewinsky scandal and questioned Clinton's ability to tell the truth. Maybe Clinton was lying about the Brown endorsement?

By Dana Milbank  | September 14, 2010; 8:48 PM ET
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