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5:55 AM ET, August 31, 2006


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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann Delivers One Hell Of a Commentary on Rumsfeld  —  Keith had some very choice words about Rumsfeld's "fascism" comments tonight.  Watch it, save it and share it.  —  Olbermann delivered this commentary with fire and passion while highlighting how Rumsfeld's comments echoes …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olbermann's very "special" commentary  —  As expected.  And as expected, Olbermann Watch came to play.  The barest taste: … You'll have to follow the link to see which list they mean.  —  I'm sorry that I can't show you the entire clip.  Sincerely.
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - AUGUST 30, 2006  —  "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)  —  Topics/Guests:  — RUMSFELD SPEAKS: John Dean, Democratic National Committee  — POLITICS AND THE GREAT LEAK CASE: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek
Discussion: and Sister Toldjah
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:   "Islamic Fascism" - The Buzzword That Makes Us Weaker
Rebecca Carr / Palm Beach Post:
STEVENS IS SMOKED OUT  —  After much speculation, a staffer to Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, admitted to Cox Newspapers today that the senator is the lawmaker who placed a "secret hold" on legislation that would open up the obscure world of government contracting to public scrutiny.
Discussion: Redstate
Hindrocket / Power Line:
BILL FRIST FOR PRESIDENT?  —  I spent part of the day today with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  He is, of course, a very impressive guy: a physician, a heart and lung transplant surgeon, an upstart politician, a hands-on doctor in places like Sudan and New Orleans, and one of the most powerful people in our government.
Rachael Ray / KIRO-TV:
National Guardsman Brutally Attacked In Pierce County  —  PARKLAND, Wash. — The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.  —  The soldier was walking …
Washington Post:
Bush Team Casts Foes as Defeatist  —  President Bush and his surrogates are launching a new campaign intended to rebuild support for the war in Iraq by accusing the opposition of aiming to appease terrorists and cut off funding for troops on the battlefield, charges that many Democrats say distort their stated positions.
Financial Times:
UN condemns Israeli strategy as 'immoral'  —  By Mark Turner at the United Nations, Harvey Morris in Jerusalem and Quentin Peel in Amman  —  The United Nations on Wednesday described as "shocking and immoral" the fact that Israel dropped well over 90 per cent of its cluster munitions …
Discussion: Hot Air and Captain's Quarters
USA Today:
Gasoline prices could keep falling  —  Gasoline prices are falling fast and could keep dropping for months.  —  "The only place they have to go is down," says Fred Rozell, gasoline analyst at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS).  "We'll be closer to $2 than $3 come Thanksgiving."
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Taxpayers pay for Bush's campaign travel  —  WASHINGTON - Bankrolled almost entirely by taxpayers, President Bush is roaming far and wide on Air Force One to help Republicans retain control of Congress and capture statehouse contests in high-stakes midterm elections.
Bruce Kluger / USA Today:
Lieberman, 'Snakes' and the seductive mythology of the blogosphere  —  If ever America needed a wake-up call about the mythology of blogging, we got it this month.  —  On Aug. 8, Connecticut businessman Ned Lamont defeated U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary …
David Lat /
Letter from the Editor: Welcome to Above the Law  —  Back when we practiced law, and we'd tell people what we did for a living, they'd have different reactions.  Sometimes they'd say "Oh, really?", in an impressed, you-must-make-six-figures sort of way.  But sometimes their eyes would glaze over …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Devaluing Labor  —  Labor Day is almost upon us, and like some of my fellow graybeards, I can, if I concentrate, actually remember what it was that this holiday once celebrated.  Something about America being the land of broadly shared prosperity.  Something about America being the first nation …
Engram / Back Talk:
Americans Hate their Fabulous Economy  —  Polls consistently show that Americans are rather negative about the economy, and many have wondered why that might be considering that our economy is the envy of the world (as well it should be).  The source of our pessimism is a bit of a mystery, and it is one that I am going to pursue.
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Bush Plans Speeches on Terrorism  —  With the midterm elections coming into view, President Bush is launching an extended publicity tour to draw attention back to the threat of terrorism, quickly pivoting to more comfortable political territory for him after the focus in recent days on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
GM Withdraws CBS' 'Survivor' Sponsorship
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economy Grew Faster Than Expected
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Sacrificing truth on the altar of diversity
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WisPolitics: Elections Board Gives Green 10 Days to Dump PAC Money
D. Sirmize / Desultory Thoughts:
"Death To Israel" Rally in Salt Lake City
Lindsay Murdoch / The Age:
UN acts to stamp out sex abuse by staff in East Timor
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: Hurricane Katrina
Discussion: DonkeyRising
Think Progress:
From Hype To Hysteria: Fox News Selling Preemptive War Against Iran
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Matthew Yglesias / Talking Points Memo:
The Iran debate has really become rather surreal.
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Iraqi hospitals are war's new 'killing fields'
Discussion: Hullabaloo and NewsHog
Stevenhart / The Opinion Mill:
Cheer up!  It's Bushtemberfest!  August 29th, 2006
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??
Matthew Yglesias:
A New Hope  — you may have noticed I write a bunch of blogs.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tomlinson Cited For Abuses at Broadcast Board
Mark Steyn /
Call me crazy. I blame terrorists.
Associated Press:
CBS magazine slims down Couric in photo