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11:30 AM ET, August 27, 2006


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Kidnapped Fox journalists convert to Islam on video  —Text+GAZA (Reuters) - Two kidnapped Fox journalists appeared on a new videotape released by their captors on Sunday in the Gaza Strip, in which the reporters said they had converted to Islam, the Fox News Channel said.
Discussion: The Corner
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Centanni, Wiig freed (Update: Conversion video added)  —  The boss never sleeps.  —  "Khaled" celebrates his freedom:  —  There'll be some sort of video here soon.  Stand by for updates.  —  Update: There are four different video clips in the sidebar of Fox's article on this.
Discussion: Wizbang
Kidnapped Fox journalists released  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza (CNN) — Two Fox journalists kidnapped by militants two weeks ago in Gaza have been released and appear to be in good health.  —  Fox reporter Steve Centanni and photographer Olaf Wiig were released shortly after noon Sunday and dropped off …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hyscience
Doug Struck / Washington Post:
Fox News Journalists Released in Gaza  —  Two Fox Television journalists held for 13 days in the Gaza Strip were released Sunday after they were shown on a videotape saying they converted to Islam.  —  The two journalists, American Steve Centanni, 60, and New Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig …
Discussion: Romenesko
Michelle Malkin:
Fox crew: Freed, forced to convert at gunpoint; "Halec" and "Yaco"  —  ***scroll for updates...Fox News Sunday interviewing Centanni...Allah with all the latest and the conversion vid (thanks to Rusty)...we've YouTubed the conversion video...embedded below...***  —  Thank God.  Fox News Channel reporting:
DEBKAfile:   A Hostage Affair in Gaza is Ended by a Three-Part Ransom
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Centanni, Wiig Released After 'Conversion'
Ms Underestimated:   Breaking News: FREE AT LAST! Centanni & Wiig Released! (VIDEOS)
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Prisoner Swap Deal In Progress?
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
The Man Who Said Too Much  —  A book coauthored by NEWSWEEK's Michael Isikoff details Richard Armitage's central role in the Valerie Plame leak.  —  Katsumi Kasahara / AP (l.)  ; Lawrence Jackson / AP  —  According to a new book, the State Department has known for years that Armitage (left) outed Plame
Swopa / Needlenose:
The trapping of the accidental leaker  —  Via Raw Story, hot Plamemania news tonight from Michael "Spikey" Isikoff at Newsweek: … I guess you can say hello to a lawsuit or two, Mr. Armitage.  As I said Tuesday evening: … Even so, and despite the damning quotes from Armitage's co-workers …
Discussion: PBD
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Just A Plame Waste Of Time  —  Michael Isikoff and David Corn have a new book coming out that reveals the inside details of the leak that allowed Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent to be uncovered.  As widely speculated, the leak came from Richard Armitage, Colin Powell's key deputy, and it came without malicious intent:
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
TalkLeft:   Richard Armitage Named as Plame Leaker
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
The War Tourists  —  My profession is an easy one to kick around.It isn't brain surgery: going places, asking questions, taking pictures, writing it up, broadcasting it.There are some skills.There are some things you have to learn.But it isn't hard for anyone, looking at what we do, to say, "I could do that."
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael Portillo / Times of London:
France about-turns into a bigger military mess  —  'Il faut aller à Gorazde.  " ("We must push through to Gorazde.  ") The French defence minister would repeat it like a chant.  It was 1995.  In Srebrenica, a United Nations so-called safe haven in Bosnia, 8,000 men had been slaughtered by Bosnian Serbs.
White House:
President's Radio Address  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  —  Earlier this week, I had coffee with Rockey Vaccarella in the White House.  Rockey is from Saint Bernard Parish in Louisiana, and he and his family lost everything they owned to Hurricane Katrina.
Talking Points Memo:
I used the word "refugees" in an earlier post to describe …
Washington Post:
Democrats Split Over Timetable For Troops  —  In Close Races, Most Reject Rapid Pullout  —  Most Democratic candidates in competitive congressional races are opposed to setting a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, rejecting pressure from liberal activists to demand a quick end to the three-year-old military conflict.
Michelle Roberts / Associated Press:
Army Corps worries about Big Easy levees  —  NEW ORLEANS - Despite aggressive efforts to repair the New Orleans levee system following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, it isn't clear yet whether it could withstand a hurricane with heavy storm surge this year, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers conceded Saturday.
Associated Press:
Iranian President Says Nuclear Program Poses No Threat  —  KHONDAB, Iran — Iran's hard-line president on Saturday inaugurated a heavy-water production plant, a facility the West fears will be used to develop a nuclear bomb, as Tehran remained defiant ahead of a U.N. deadline that could lead to sanctions.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Iran takes new nuclear step
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberty and Justice
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Mrs. Clinton Offers to Raise Money for Lamont Campaign  —  In a private meeting at her Chappaqua, N.Y., home on Friday, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton offered to help Ned Lamont in his battle to unseat Senator Joseph I. Lieberman by sponsoring a fund-raiser, campaigning by his side and lending him one of her top political strategists.
Neil Vigdor / Stamford Advocate:
Hillary Clinton pledges to back Lamont
Discussion: Firedoglake and The News Blog
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