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Washington Post:
SEC, Justice Investigate Frist's Sale of Stock  —  Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is facing questions from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about his sale of stock in his family's hospital company one month before its price fell sharply.
Associated Press:
Frist Knew About Blind Trust Investments  —  Despite Denials, Frist Updated on His Investments in Blind Trust Investments  —  WASHINGTON Sep 24, 2005 — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., was updated several times about his investments in blind trusts during 2002 …
Gateway Pundit:
Waiting on Ramsey Clark!  —  Well, the Jew-hater just got off stage on CSPAN.  (I thought this was an Anti-Iraq War Rally?  Hmm...)  —  ...The announcer just asked for Barbara to meet her friend at the "Socialist Liberation Tent"...  Alexis Deveaux is reading her poetry, now.
Discussion: Power Line and The Mahablog
Jennifer C. Kerr / Associated Press:
Anti-War Protesters March in Washington  —  Thousands of Anti-War Demonstrators March in Washington, London; Rallies Planned in L.A., Rome  —  WASHINGTON Sep 24, 2005 — Opponents of the war in Iraq rallied by the thousands Saturday to demand the return of U.S. troops, staging a day of protest …
Steve Soto / The Left Coaster:
Top Republican Tells Post: Laura Has Taken Away Bush's Swagger  —  The vultures, aye, the vultures....  A Washington Post Page One story in Saturday's edition tells us that Bush's trip to Northern Command this weekend is designed to help Bush look like he is in command once again while trying to regain his swagger.
Discussion: firedoglake
Washington Post:
President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 23 — President Bush flew here ahead of Hurricane Rita on Friday to show command of a federal disaster response effort that even supporters acknowledge he fumbled three weeks ago.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
A Weakened But Deadly Rita Slams Into Gulf Coast UPDATED  —  Rita has hit the U.S. Coast — if not as mind-boggling as originally feared, fearsome nonetheless with top winds of 100 mph/  —  According to CNN, Rita has now become a Category 2 storm (winds 96-110 mph).
Michelle Malkin:
Discussion: The Reaction
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Claim Atta Was Named Debated  —  Security Chief Denies Getting Chart Identifying Hijacker  —  National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley yesterday denied receiving a Defense Department chart that allegedly identified lead terrorist Mohamed Atta before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks …
Dwight / Hurricane Rita:
Updated: Evacuee return plan for Houston area released  —  Update: This item has been overwritten, correcting information previously posted.  —  Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw today released the following state plan for evacuees returning to the greater Houston area:
Discussion: Lone Star Times
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Paying people to stay in the path of the storm.
Discussion: Stormwatchers
Associated Press:
Security cabinet approves response against Qassams  —  In a meeting convened by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday evening, the security cabinet approved defense plans in response to the Qassam rocket offensive against western Negev towns over the weekend.
The MinuteMan / JustOneMinute:
Deep Thinkers  —  Peter Daou, currently at Salon and formerly with the Kerry campaign, writes on The Triangle and the Limits of Blog Power and charts the future of the bklogosphere: … Mr. Daou then identifies blog strategies for the left and right, or, (let me yield to his unstated preference) …
Josh White / Washington Post:
New Reports Surface About Detainee Abuse  —  Two soldiers and an officer with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division have told a human rights organization of systemic detainee abuse and human rights violations at U.S. bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, recounting beatings, forced physical exertion …
Associated Press:
Embattled FDA chief Lester Crawford resigns  —  Commissioner under fire for Vioxx scandal, 'morning after' pill delay  —  WASHINGTON - Embattled Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford abruptly resigned Friday, telling his staff that at age 67 it was time to step aside.
Discussion: Pacific Views
Amazing Reporting for Hurricane Rita  —  I am not really a media pundit but I have been overwhelmed by the fantastic reporting of Hurricane Rita from CNN.  What is interesting is that I don't usually like a lot of the CNN reporters but I have really been impressed by the professionalism …
Discussion: Point Five
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
OXBLOG WILL PROTEST THE WAR TOMORROW!  Well, to be more precise, OxBlog will attend the anti-war protest at the White House tomorrow in order to conduct interviews with the protesters and possibly write an article about the whole affair.  —  Now, I mentioned earlier this week that pointing …

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