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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
I-35W bridge collapses  —  The Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during the evening rush hour Wednesday, dumping at least eight cars and a truck into the water and onto the land below, creating a horrific scene of damage, fire, smoke, injuries, frantic rescuers and terrified motorists.
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KCCW-TV:
At Least 7 Dead In I-35W Bridge Collapse  —  Minneapolis Fire Chief Jim Clack said the death toll could rise.  He said officials could see at least 50 vehicles in the water.  —  "We think there are several more vehicles in the river we can't see yet," he said, adding that the likelihood of finding survivors was slim.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
AN APPALLING CATASTROPHE  —  A little while ago, the Mississippi River Bridge on Highway 35W in downtown Minneapolis collapsed into the river.  35W is the main artery that runs through the Twin Cities; I've crossed that bridge hundreds if not thousands of times.  One of my brothers-in-law crossed it four times today.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pray For The Twin Cities  —  One of the most-traveled freeways in the Twin Cities — a span over the Mississippi River — collapsed about an hour ago.  At the time, the highway had bumper-to-bumper traffic in the middle of rush hour, and dozens of cars have gone into the river or been caught in the rubble:
Patrick Condon / Associated Press:
Bridge falls into Mississippi River  —  MINNEAPOLIS - The entire span of an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.  —  The Interstate 35W bridge …
CNN:
3 dead as Mississippi River bridge falls amid rush hour in Minneapolis  —  (CNN) — At least three people were killed when an interstate bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed Wednesday evening, plunging cars and chunks of concrete into the Mississippi River below.
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Michelle Malkin:
Minneapolis bridge collapse
MSNBC:   Minneapolis bridge collapses
Washington Post:
Interstate Bridge Collapses Into Mississippi River in Minneapolis
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Obama'08:
Remarks of Senator Obama: The War We Need to Win  —  Thank you Lee, for hosting me here at the Wilson Center, and for your leadership of both the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group.  You have been a steady voice of reason in an unsteady time.  —  Let me also say that my thoughts …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama might send troops into Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would possibly send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's speech: No mention of "war on terror"
Michelle Malkin:
Barack Obama: Macho man
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Robert / Jihad Watch:
CAIR threatens Young America's Foundation over my talk tomorrow  —  Note the personal smears, the attempt to bully and intimidate, and the non-specificity of the charges against me (they can't be specific, because I don't say anything inaccurate about them — or about Islam or jihad).
Michelle Malkin:
Outrage: CAIR's war on Robert Spencer, Young America's Foundation
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales Submits Testimony Explanation, Leahy Says Not Good Enough  —  Well, that long awaited clarification from Alberto Gonzales about his testimony last week has arrived.  And as you'd expect, it follows the same line that Gonzales and the administration have been touting …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RUN IT BY ALBERTO
James Risen / New York Times:   Gonzales Offers a Defense to Senate Panel
Associated Press:
Gonzales Admits Testimony 'Confusing'
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Rhonda Schwartz Reports / The Blotter:
New Al Qaeda Web Ad Threatens 'Big Surprise'  —  Rhonda Schwartz Reports:  —  A new al Qaeda propaganda ad, headlined "Wait for the Big Surprise" and featuring a digitally altered photograph of President George Bush and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf standing in front of a burning White House, was posted on the Internet today.
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
House passes water bill, despite veto threat  —  WASHINGTON — In a sharp and unexpected blow to Louisiana, President Bush threatened Wednesday to veto long-awaited legislation that would enhance hurricane protection along a Gulf Coast still struggling to recover from the devastating storms of two years ago.
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Giuliani Seeks to Transform U.S. Health Care Coverage  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani on Tuesday called for transforming the way health care coverage is provided in the United States, advocating a voluntary move from the current employer-based system to one that would grant substantial tax benefits to people who buy their own insurance.
Fred File:
Judge Southwick Should Be Confirmed  —  You've probably never heard of Rebecca Nurse, but bear with me for a moment.  Nurse arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1640.  There, despite being known as a woman of virtue and piety, she was accused of being a witch.  On July 19, 1692, she was hanged.
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