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Let's get ready to....fumble? Should Linda McMahon try again for the Republican nomination for US Senate in Connecticut, a new Quinnipiac poll shows that she'd be the favorite over moderate former Congressman Chris Shays. But it also shows she's likely to see the same fate as she did even during the 2010 GOP wave: a loss to Democrats.

McMahon reaches a majority 50 percent in the GOP primary, to Shays' 35 percent, but suffers from a gap in favorability. It also seems that McMahon is not the GOP's best option to take the seat in a very blue state. McMahon has a negative rating, seen as favorable by 38 percent versus 45 unfavorable, but Shays is popular: he is seen as favorable by 41 percent against only 14 percent unfavorable.

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By Emily Gertz

Just a few years ago, 3-D printing was the obscure obsession of a few hard-core tech hobbyists, engineer-artists, and design theorists. But now the medium--also called "fabbing," as in small-scale fabrication--may be teetering on the edge of the mainstream, thanks to a recent $10 million infusion into the two-year-old company MakerBot Industries, which sells a compact 3-D printer as both a build-it-yourself kit and a pre-assembled machine.

Venture funders Foundry Group led the round, which also included Bezos Expeditions, True Ventures, RRE, and individual angel investors. "We believe MakerBot has the potential to be the Apple or HP of the 3D printing market and are honored that we get to be part of the effort," blogged Foundry's Brad Feld in late August.

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The BBC reports: “President Mahmoud Abbas has said that the Palestinian Authority will apply to the United Nations for full membership for a Palestinian state.”

LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) – British police charged UBS trader Kweku Adoboli with fraud on Friday, a day after the Swiss bank said it had lost about $2 billion in unauthorized trades, plunging it into crisis.

During the UN’s General Assembly next week, President Obama will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Israel, Reuters reports. Palestine is also expected to make a bid for UN recognition during the General Assembly meeting — a move the U.S. has discouraged.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer sentiment inched up in early September, but Americans remained gloomy about the future with a gauge of expectations falling to the lowest level since 1980, a survey released on Friday showed.

The new mantra in Washington is "Go Big!"

It started with Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles -- the co-chairs of President Obama's fiscal commission -- and is now on the lips of scores of members of Congress in both parties.

Joining about two dozen other senators Thursday, Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) urged the new deficit Super Committee "We're with you! Be brave! Be bold! Go Big!"

Even President Obama wants them to "Go Big!" -- he'll be sending Super Committee members a list of deficit reduction proposals that go way beyond the $1.5 trillion they're aiming for, and hopes to use those extra savings to finance his jobs bill.

But this isn't realistic if you listen to the members themselves, particularly Republicans.

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Climate change is a "human" -- not "political" -- issue, former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday at an event concluding his 24-hour Climate Reality Project intended to convert skeptics of global warming.

In order to have an intelligent conversation about climate change, Gore said, we need to "to start with an acceptance of what the reality is that we are actually facing." Gore compared the controversy and skepticism over global warming to tobacco companies that would manufacture public doubt about the harm of their product.

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Ethics has always been a strong point for President Obama, but Republicans are looking to knock the halo off his reformer image, taking advantage of two stories this week raising questions about whether the White House exerted pressure to give major donors a boost.

White House press secretary Jay Carney received a barrage of questions on Thursday about the recent collapse of Solyndra, a solar company that received $534 million in loan guarantees from the administration. The Washington Post reported this week on emails from the White House in 2009 in which they repeatedly asked OMB how quickly the loan could be approved and mentioned that Vice President Joe BIden wanted to announce its approval at a September event with the company. One of Solyndra's major investors, billionaire George Kaiser, is a major fundraiser for Obama. Republicans pounced, with RNC chair Reince Priebus calling the loan "the kind of taxpayer-funded cronyism this White House said it would eliminate."

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