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1:25 PM ET, September 20, 2007

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ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Iranian president intends to visit Ground Zero  —  Iranian mission says he'll go despite NYPD rejection  —  Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requested to visit Ground Zero during an upcoming trip to New York.  That request was rejected Wednesday.  But a source tells Eyewitness News that the decision may not stop him.
New York Post:
JUST SHOVE YOUR WREATH  —  CITY TO IRAN PREZ: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Michelle Malkin:
Time to organize an Ahmadinejad welcoming party?
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Secret Service Will Accompany Iranian President If He Goes to Ground Zero
Discussion: The American Pundit
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Bolton: Ahmadinejad's Proposed Ground Zero Visit "Nothing But Propaganda"
Discussion: Kesher Talk
Wall Street Journal:
Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions  —  Clinton Campaign Vows  —  To Check Contributions  —  Solicited by Supporter  —  BRISTOW, Va. — When Hillary Rodham Clinton held an intimate fund-raising event at her Washington home in late March, Pamela Layton donated $4,600, the maximum allowed by law …
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Washington Post:
Past Clouds Candidates' Donor Lists  —  Names From '90s Scandal Among Clinton 'Bundlers'  —  A list of the donors who have "bundled" large sums from dozens of individuals to give to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign includes several figures who were involved …
Ianthe Jeanne Dugan / Wall Street Journal:
Norman Hsu Faces Charges Tied to Democratic Fund-Raising  —  Federal officials are expected to bring a criminal case against Norman Hsu today, charging the Democratic super-donor with operating a $60 million pyramid scheme and violating campaign-finance laws.
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Hillary, Truth Not At Peace Over $850,000 Said Refunded
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bundlemania!  WSJ finds another possibly shady "HillRaiser" …
Discussion: CBS News and The American Pundit
CBN.com:
James Dobson to Fred Thompson: No Thanks  —  James Dobson, head of the influential Focus on the Family Ministry will be taking a pass on supporting Fred Thompson.  You can read why below from The Associated Press and then get my take afterwards: … Read the whole article here.
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Garance / theGarance.com:
Fred Thompson vs. Teh Sexy  —  Last Friday at a dinner party the conversation turned to Fred Thompson, and whether or not he is actually sexy.  The guests were primarily political reporters, including one who'd just come back from following Thompson on the campaign trail, where …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rather Strikes Back  —  I was extremely surprised by Dan Rather's lawsuit yesterday, but not as stunned as the CBS people I called, who just simply could not believe it.  —  No one was shocked that Rather is still mad at CBS — he made that clear when he left the network last year …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQ Video: Crusaders Admit They're Losing
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bush vs MoveOn  —  Just when the hubbub over MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad appeared to be receding into the political background, President Bush unleashed an attack on the group — and the Democratic Party — during a just-concluded press conference.  —  Bush called the ad "disgusting" …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN Political Ticker
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Newsweek:
Terror Watch: A Secret Lobbying Campaign  —  The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about  —  The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve …
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
On What the Troops Want  —  Yesterday, a number of Senators showed themselves too afraid to support the troops.  Despite the fact that the military is overextended, the minority in the Senate again derailed efforts to give the troops the help that they need.
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
From The Dept. Of Wasting My Taxpayer Dollars On GOP Political Grandstanding
Discussion: Brendan Calling
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval Rises Slightly to 24%  —  Gain almost entirely due to improved ratings from Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's 2007 polling from January through August chronicled a nearly relentless decline in public approval of the job Congress is doing.
Discussion: The Swamp and Pollster.com
Washington Wire:
What's in Your Wallet?  New $5 Bill Debuts  —  T. W. Farnam reports on the latest currency anti-counterfeiting measures.  —  Perhaps it reflects the frequency with which the government redesigns its currency.  —  Instead of calling a news conference to roll out the new $5 bill …
Discussion: Suitably Flip and FP Passport
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us  —  REPUBLICAN presidential candidates can't get elected without owning the tax issue.  So far, the current crop is giving it away.  —  A huge reason for Ronald Reagan's popularity was his cutting of all income-tax rates and ending of "bracket creep," …
 
 
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