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11:10 AM ET, August 24, 2006


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Sue Pleming / Reuters:
Iran's ex-president asks for U.S. visa to give speech  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami applied on Tuesday for a U.S. visa to give a speech in Washington next month but the State Department said it had not decided whether to allow him to come.
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Corner
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:   Israel may 'go it alone' against Iran
Michael Theodoulou / Scotsman:
Israel buys nuclear subs
Discussion: protein wisdom and PoliBlog
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
In New Method for Stem Cells, Viable Embryos  —  Biologists have developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells from an early human embryo without destroying it.  This method, if confirmed in other laboratories, would seem to remove the principal objection to the research.
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
New Method Makes Embryo-Safe Stem Cells
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
General: Iran Training Shiite Insurgents  —  WASHINGTON — The Iranian government is training and equipping much of the Shiite insurgency in Iraq, a senior U.S. general said Wednesday, drawing one of the most direct links by the Pentagon.  —  Brig. Gen. Michael Barbero also said it was too soon …
Agence France Presse:
'Clear evidence' Iran is arming, training Iraqi extremists: US general
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and The Asylum
New York Times:
A Matter of Appearances  —  When Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was given the job of deciding whether the Bush administration's wiretapping program was unconstitutional, she certainly understood that she would be ruling on one of the most politically charged cases in recent history.
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
Interview With William A. Donohue
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Washington Post:
FDA Allows OTC Sales of Plan B  —  The Food and Drug Administration approved an application today making the long-debated emergency contraceptive Plan B, commonly known as the "morning-after pill," available without a prescription to women 18 and older.  —  The FDA said Barr Laboratories …
Andrew Bridges / Associated Press:
FDA Eases Limits on Plan B Sales  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Women may buy the morning-after pill without a prescription - but only with proof they're 18 or older, federal health officials ruled Thursday, capping a contentious 3-year effort to ease access to the emergency contraceptive.
Associated Press:
Pluto gets the boot  —  Pluto no longer a planet, say astronomers  —  PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.
Greg Myre / New York Times:
Gaza Captors of 2 Newsmen Pressure U.S.  —  An unknown Islamic group on Wednesday issued a sweeping demand for the release of all Muslim prisoners held in the United States in exchange for two Fox News television journalists seized at gunpoint last week in Gaza.
Doug Struck / Washington Post:   Video of Kidnapped Journalists Released
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
NWA flight disrupted; 12 arrested  —  A passenger on the India-bound plane — the man who first alerted the FBI to Zacarias Moussaoui five years ago — said the tense situation was handled well.  —  WASHINGTON - A Northwest Airlines plane flying from the Netherlands to India was escorted …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush's New Iraq Argument: It Could Be Worse  —  Of all the words that President Bush used at his news conference this week to defend his policies in Iraq, the one that did not pass his lips was "progress."  —  For three years, the president tried to reassure Americans that more progress was being made in Iraq than they realized.
Washington Post:
Allen Calls Webb Aide, Apologizes For Remark  —  Virginia Sen. George Allen apologized directly to S.R. Sidarth yesterday, telling the 20-year-old Democratic campaign staffer that he was sorry for offending him with remarks that have generated nationwide criticism for being racially insensitive.
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Relearning Lessons in the War on Terror  —  From the recent Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon to the jihadists in Iraq's Sunni Triangle to the repeated efforts by Islamists across the globe to trump Sept. 11, what old lessons about terrorism are we in the West finding ourselves having to relearn?
Jason L. Riley / Opinion Journal:
Incumbent on the Brink  —  Can Sen. Santorum survive?  —  JANESVILLE, Pa.—Until recently, Bob Casey Jr.'s strategy for unseating Republican Sen. Rick Santorum had been working so well that Mr. Casey could behave like the incumbent.  —  Taking advantage of a double-digit lead in the polls …
Charles Q. Choi / LiveScience:
Study: Polar Bear Genitals are Shrinking  —  The icecap may not be the only thing shrinking in the Arctic.  The genitals of polar bears in east Greenland are apparently dwindling in size due to industrial pollutants.  —  Scientists report this shrinkage could, in the worst case scenario …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gateway Pundit:
A Rave Against the Mullahs!  —  Iranian youth throw a rave party!  —  You really must play this New Nami single "Faryaad" while checking out these Iranian party pictures just to get a feel for things, HERE … Pictures from a Chaharshanbeh-Souri Celebration in Iran.
Discussion: Publius Pundit
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Michael Noer / Forbes:
Careers and Marriage  — published a story Aug. 22 …
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MCCAIN IS BASHING BUSH ON IRAQ, and some people are pretty angry at him for backstabbing.
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Russell Simmons Brings Black Votes To Michael Steele
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
'Shiite Giant' Extends Its Reach
Michael Getler / PBS Ombudsman:
Ombudsman's Mailbag — Contrary Views
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Romenesko
Richard Lloyd Parry / Times of London:
Death row bomber plotted new attack on smuggled laptop
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
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Mike Allen / The Allen Report:
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Los Angeles Times:
Anniversary Draws Bush to Gulf Coast
Discussion: The News Blog
Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
Lets Landslide: Memo to Democratic Senate and House Candidates and Staff (pt. 1)
Lieberman's lead on anti-war rival narrows
Robert Koehler / The Huffington Post:
Semper Why?  —  He was a tough kid and determined to take what …
Discussion: The Tattered Coat
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Marines to reactivate thousands in reserves
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
THE LOW POST: Off With Their Heads
Scott Winship / Strategist:
The Uninformed Bloc