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— Texas Governor Rick Perry did not participate in Monday’s Palmetto Freedom Forum, Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C) office told CNN. DeMint is hosting the GOP primary event, which Perry was initially scheduled to attend. Local station WSPA reports that Perry’s office confirms the Republican presidential contender is heading back to Texas to address wildfires plaguing the state. [HuffPo]
— After the summer’s red-hot battles over the nation’s debt ceiling, Republican freshmen return to the nation’s capital Wednesday emboldened for one of the fights that could dominate the fall: repealing environmental and labor rules Republican leaders say have stymied hiring. [USA Today]
— The minimum summertime volume of Arctic sea ice fell to a record low last year, researchers said in a study to be published shortly, suggesting that thinning of the ice had outweighed a recovery in area. [Reuters]
— Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is vowing to develop U.S. energy resources to their “fullest extent” by knocking down barriers he calls rooted in “environmental extremism.” [E2Wire]
— BP America, facing a spate of investigations and lawsuits stemming from the catastrophic Gulf oil spill, has chosen former Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell as its Head of Communications, signaling an aggressive new effort to recover from past communications debacles and improve its image in an essential market. [Politico Playbook]
— Louisiana Gulf Coast towns and inland waterways struggled with flooding on Monday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continued to test flood barriers but the city of New Orleans remained in fairly good shape. [Reuters]