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10:50 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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Laura Bush hails Burns' record  —  BELGRADE - First lady Laura Bush campaigned for U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns here Wednesday, calling the Republican a strong advocate for Montana farmers and families.  —  "In Washington, Senator Burns is a respected voice on the issues facing rural communities …
Discussion: Left in the West
Associated Press:
Boyle Included In Nominees for Appeals Court  —  Bucking opposition in the Senate, President Bush on Wednesday nominated five people for the U.S. Court of Appeals, including one whom Democrats have threatened to block with a filibuster.  —  News that Bush had decided to nominate …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
President Set to Renominate Five for Appeals Courts
George Soros / Boston Globe:
Blinded by a concept  —  THE FAILURE OF Israel to subdue Hezbollah demonstrates the many weaknesses of the war-on-terror concept.  One of those weaknesses is that even if the targets are terrorists, the victims are often innocent civilians, and their suffering reinforces the terrorist cause.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jerusalem Post:
Abbas urges prisoners' document reply
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF forces kill 8 Palestinians in Gaza
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric and
Pinocchio and friends converted to Islam  —  Malcolm Moore in Antalya  —  Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories on the Turkish school curriculum.  —  "Give me some bread, for Allah's sake," Pinocchio says to Geppetto …
Wall Street Journal:
California Pact Would Place Cap On Emissions  —  Anti-Global-Warming Effort  —  Faces Business Opposition;  —  A Split With Washington  —  California, the nation's most populous state and a longtime bellwether on environmental policy, will impose the first broad cap in the U.S …
Discussion: The RBC
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   GLOBAL WARMING....California is on the verge of passing a law …
Hartford Courant:
Helen Ubiñas  —  Liebermont Bickering Gets Old  —  A little advice for Joe Lieberman's new communications director, Dan Gerstein: Think about the "good stuff," buddy.  —  Gerstein was downright chafed when I called him about the New Age-y Lieberman ad that urges folks to step away …
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.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Sacrificing truth on the altar of diversity  —  YOU'RE A publisher of children's textbooks, and you have a problem.  Your diversity guidelines — quotas in all but name — require you to include pictures of disabled children in your elementary and high school texts, but it isn't easy …
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 …
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
U.S. military sees Iran's nuke bomb 5 years away  —  The U.S. military is operating under the assumption that Iran is five to eight years away from being able to build its first nuclear weapon, a time span that explains a general lack of urgency within the Bush administration to use air strikes to disable Tehran's atomic program.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
This Is London:
PRESIDENT BUSH 'ASSASSINATED' IN NEW TV DOCUDRAMA  —  This is the dramatic moment when President George Bush is gunned down by a sniper after a public address at a hotel, in a gripping new docudrama soon to be aired on TV.  —  Set around October 2007, President Bush is assassinated as he leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Positive Press on Iraq Is Aim of U.S. Contract  —  U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.
Discussion: Rantingprofs, The Heretik and Romenesko
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
No Day at the Beach  —  Bloggers Struggle With What to Do About Vacation  —  A banner stripped across the top of the Daily Dish declares that the popular Web log's host, Andrew Sullivan, has "gone fishing."  Mr. Sullivan declared a two-week vacation and opted to leave his political blog behind.
Alec Loftus /
WisPolitics: Elections Board Gives Green 10 Days to Dump PAC Money  —  BROOKFIELD - The state Elections Board today ordered Mark Green to divest his campaign of any contributions from PACs that were not registered in Wisconsin when the donations were made.  The order applies to an estimated $468,000 …
Discussion: Althouse and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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John Lehman / Washington Post:
We're Not Winning This War  —  Despite Some Notable Achievements …
Discussion: Redstate
Hizbullah presents: How to recruit children
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Ohio to Delay Destruction of Presidential Ballots
Brian J. / Musings from Brian J. Noggle:
Informal Caucus Recommends Republican Nominee
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
NYT move to block Web to Britons raises questions
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
KEEP MY SKIN OUT OF IT.  Yesterday, I went to Cato to see right …
Discussion: Sirotablog
 Earlier Items: 
Penny Spiller / BBC:
Mahfouz and his literary 'diwans'
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:
"Islamic Fascism" - The Buzzword That Makes Us Weaker
Kathleen Peratis / Washington Post:
Diversionary Strike On a Rights Group
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
GM Withdraws CBS' 'Survivor' Sponsorship
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Economy Grew Faster Than Expected
Engram / Back Talk:
Americans Hate their Fabulous Economy