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2:20 AM ET, August 30, 2006


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San Francisco Chronicle:
Up to 14 hurt in SF hit-and-run spree 7 critical; driver believed to have struck, killed a man in Fremont earlier  —  (08-29) 15:56 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — As many as 14 people were injured this afternoon by a motorist who drove around San Francisco running them down before he was arrested, authorities said.
Bookworm Room:
Horror on San Francisco streets
Discussion: Hot Air and The American Thinker
Gateway Pundit:   One Dead, 15 Hurt in San Francisco SUV Rampage
Address at the 88th Annual American Legion National Convention  —  Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, August 29, 2006  —  Tom [American Legion Commander Tom Bock], I understand that your son is flying a Chinook in Iraq …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Assails Critics of War Policy
Senator Bill Frist:
The Bright Light of Public Scrutiny  —  Last week, I blogged on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, S. 2590, a crucial step towards fixing the federal government's spending problem.  S. 2590 would create a single, easily searchable database capable of tracking approximately $1 trillion …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Bill Frist Pledges To Take S 2590 To Floor
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk
Tim /
In defense of secret holds
Discussion: The Corner
Redstate Network / Redstate:
Is Senator Stevens Holding Up Coburn-Obama?
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Hot Air
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Plame Out  —  THE RIDICULOUS END TO THE SCANDAL THAT DISTRACTED WASHINGTON.  —  I had a feeling that I might slightly regret the title ("Case Closed") of my July 25 column on the Niger uranium story.  I have now presented thousands of words of evidence and argument to the effect that …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
First Source of C.I.A. Leak Admits Role, Lawyer Says  —  Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, has acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case …
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Beyond Macaca: The Photograph That Haunts George Allen  —  Barnstorming around Virginia in the re-election campaign that Republican Senator George Allen hopes will provide the impetus for his 2008 run for the presidency, he has suddenly been forced on the defensive.
Associated Press:
Former VP candidate Jack Kemp to campaign for Lieberman  —  NEW LONDON — Sen. Joe Lieberman, running for re-election as an independent after losing the Democratic primary and being abandoned by top-ranking Democrats earlier this month, will campaign with former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp, Lieberman said Tuesday.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Reaction
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn & Helen Show: Richard Posner on Terrorism and the Constitution  —  With the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks coming up, we thought we'd talk to law professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, whose latest book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
"Conservatives" cheer on Judge Posner's highly un-conservative defense …
Discussion: Politics Central
Associated Press:
Perry calls special election for DeLay's unexpired term  —  AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called a Nov. 7 special election to temporarily fill the seat left vacant when former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay resigned.  —  DeLay, a Republican whose term would have expired in January, resigned in June.
Associated Press:
Special elections set for DeLay's seat
Discussion: Redstate and
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Bush Pledges Improved Hurricane Response  —  President Bush, marking the one-year anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, promised today a "better and more effective response" in the event of another hurricane, saying the catastrophic storm exposed government failure at "all levels."
Bush sees rebirth from 'sadness' of Katrina
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Full Text of Pres.  Ahmadinejad's Letter to German Chancellor  —  TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently forwarded a letter to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  —  This was President Ahmadinejad's second letter to the heads of western states …
Jerome Taylor / Independent:
At least 100 die as militia force Iraqi troops out of town  —  At least 100 people were killed across Iraq yesterday in a day of intense gun battles and suicide bombings, contradicting US military claims that the security situation in the war-torn nation was improving.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Inquiry Criticizes U.S. Broadcasting Official Over Hiring  —  State Department investigators have concluded that Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the head of the federal agency that oversees most government broadcasts to foreign countries, improperly hired a friend on the public payroll for nearly $250,000 …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest and TPMmuckraker
Jay Price / Raleigh News & Observer:
Brain injury budget faces cut  —  Military research, treatment at risk  —  Brain injuries are so common among U.S. troops that they're called the signature injury of the Iraq war, but Congress is poised to cut military spending on researching and treating them.
Ed Sealover / Gazette:
Hefley ponders run at seat as write-in  —  Rep. Joel Hefley is seriously considering running as a writein candidate to retain his seat rather than risk handing it over to Republican nominee Doug Lamborn.  —  In meetings with national political consultants, Hefley and his supporters have come …
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The Australian:
Red Cross slams Downer hoax claim
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In Defense of Welfare Reform
Gov. Arnold tosses school moral codes
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Lynda Gledhill / San Francisco Chronicle:
Assembly approves universal health care