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4:05 PM ET, August 29, 2006


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Matt /
A Victory Lap for Broken Promises … One year ago as Katrina menaced the Gulf Coast, I'm ashamed to admit that selfish thoughts ruled my mind.  As I kept up with the news and weather reports, I wondered if I would ever again be able to visit the scene of so many semi-collegiate drunken nights …
Brendan Loy / The Irish Trojan's Blog:
One year ago this night, with Hurricane Katrina bearing down on Louisiana and Mississippi, I was blogging like crazy all night long, and getting 800 hits per hour (a rate which would peak at over 3,000 later in the day, leading to a unprecedented daily total of 31,139 — surpassed the following …
Iran's leader calls for TV debate with Bush  —  Adjust font size:  —  TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on U.S. President George W. Bush to participate in a "direct television debate with us," so Iran can voice its point of view on how to end world predicaments.
Ahmadinejad challenges Bush to TV debate
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
U.S. plans for sanctions on Iran
Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Ahmadinejad defiant, challenges Bush to TV debate
Editor and Publisher:
Karr Cleared in JonBenet Case — After Media Frenzy  —  NEW YORK After two weeks of frenzied and often jump-to-conclusions media coverage, Colorado prosecutors on Monday dropped their case against John Mark Karr over the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey.  —  Prosecutors threw out the case …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The JonBenet Fraud  —  Will every anchor, correspondent …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Todd Hartman / Rocky Mountain News:   CU media professor has no regrets
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 …
Greg Giroux /
Democrats Now Favored to Take Over DeLay's Old Seat
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Plame and the 'Bush Lied' Meme  —  A new book by Michael Isikoff, an investigative reporter for Newsweek, and David Corn, who writes for the far left wing magazine The Nation, casts many powerful people in Washington in an unflattering light — but not the people who Mr. Isikoff and Mr. Corn wish to besmirch.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Ex-Colleague Says Armitage Was Source of CIA Leak
Discussion: JustOneMinute and BLACKFIVE
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Pronouncing Blame on the Israel Lobby  —  It was quite a boner.  —  University of Chicago political scientist John Mearsheimer was in town yesterday to elaborate on his view that American Jewish groups are responsible for the war in Iraq, the destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure and many other bad things.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Rumsfeld: Terrorists Manipulating Media  —  FALLON NAVAL AIR STATION, Nev. (AP) — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday he is deeply troubled by the success of terrorist groups in "manipulating the media" to influence Westerners.  —  "That's the thing that keeps me up at night …
Kristin Roberts / Reuters:
Rumsfeld: U.S. able to take new fight despite Iraq
New York Times:
Details Emerge in British Terror Case  —  On Aug. 9, in a small second-floor apartment in East London, two young Muslim men recorded a video justifying what the police say was their suicide plot to blow up trans-Atlantic planes: revenge against the United States and its "accomplices," Britain and the Jews.
Michael Chertoff / Washington Post:
A Tool We Need to Stop the Next Airliner Plot
Volcanic Ash  —  A totally independent, slightly irreverent and hopelessly idealistic view of people and events in Hawai'i and beyond.  David Shapiro has covered Hawai'i and national news for 38 years as a reporter, editor and columnist.  —  Reach David at
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 …
David Burge / iowahawk:
ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE LEAVES REUTERS AMBULANCE IN FLAMES, CHOPPED, CHANNELED  —  QANA, LEBANON - Israeli Defense Forces face fresh charges of war atrocities today, as international press agency Reuters released stark photos showing the devastation caused by a daylight IDF missile attack on a clearly marked Reuters press ambulance.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Conservative Case Against Rudy Giuliani In 2008  —  Rudy Giuliani, a contender for the Presidency in 2008, is receiving an inordinate amount of positive attention.  That's quite understandable since Rudy is charismatic, did a great job on the campaign trail for President Bush in 2004 …
Discussion: Althouse and Blogometer
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Raw Story:
Bush White House to be subpoenaed by wiretap lawyers  —  Two attorneys representing claimants in a lawsuit over wiretapping by the National Security Agency will subpoena the White House today, RAW STORY has learned.  —  Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer, who represent hundreds of plaintiffs …
Lynda Gledhill / San Francisco Chronicle:
Assembly approves universal health care  —  Passage of bill seen as election-year test for Schwarzenegger  —  (08-29) 04:00 PDT Sacramento — The Democratic-controlled Legislature is on the verge of sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state-run universal health care system …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fauxtography: The incredible disappearing Katie (Update: Innocent explanation?)  (Bumped)  —  She's on the Adnan Hajj diet.  Try it and watch the pounds melt away from your waist and neck.  —  Unfortunate side effect of the Adnan Hajj diet: your chin is sharpened to the point where it can cut glass.
White House:
Vice President's Remarks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention  —  Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Center  —  THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you for the warm welcome.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Slowly Sidling To Iraq's Exit  —  Many GOP Candidates Part Company With Bush  —  By Election Day, how many Republican candidates will have come out against the Iraq war or distanced themselves from the administration's policies?  —  August 2006 will be remembered as a watershed in the politics of Iraq.
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Jerome Taylor / Independent:
At least 100 die as militia force Iraqi troops out of town
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
The Scoop on "Secret Holds": No Rules Apply
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
With Kazakh's Visit, Bush Priorities Clash
Discussion: Think Progress
T-Shirt Inscription Keeps Iraqi Man From Boarding Flight
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Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
David Frum / American Enterprise Institute:
Counterfeit News  —  Perhaps you saw the images in your newspaper or on television:
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Star of the Right Loses His Base at the Border
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Chris Bowers / MyDD:
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