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2:10 PM ET, September 1, 2006

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Washington Post:
End of an Affair  —  WE'RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
WaPo Whacks Wilson
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Townhall.com
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
An Exclamation Point On The Plame Denouement
Discussion: Redstate and The Corner
USA Today:
GOP lags in key races for Senate  —  As the Labor Day weekend launches a final nine weeks of campaigning, USA TODAY/Gallup Polls in five key states show Democrats poised to gain Senate seats but facing an uphill battle to regain control.  —  Democrats seem more likely to carry the House …
Donald H. Rumsfeld / Los Angeles Times:
New Enemies Demand New Thinking  —  The secretary of Defense clarifies and expands on what he said in his recent speeches about appeasing extremists.  —  IN THE LAST FEW DAYS I have had the opportunity to speak at the annual conventions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Anchorage Daily News:
FBI raids legislative offices  —  Agents are quiet on purpose of Alaska investigation; Veco is named in the warrants  —  Federal agents swarmed legislative offices around the state Thursday, executing search warrants in a coordinated series of raids that appeared to target …
Discussion: Redstate and Sunlight Foundation
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Hezbollah's 'Victory'  —  "We did not think, even 1 percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude.  You ask me, if I had known on July 11 ... that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it?  I say no, absolutely not.''  — Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, Aug. 27
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Education Dept. Shared Student Data With F.B.I.  —  The Federal Education Department shared personal information on hundreds of student loan applicants with the Federal Bureau of Investigation across a five-year period that began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agencies said yesterday.
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Mark Almond / Daily Mail:
What if Bush really was assassinated?  —  Held up by a Secret Service bodyguard in his dying moments after being shot in the stomach, this is President Bush being assassinated.  —  The American leader is surrounded by a crowd of panicking onlookers just seconds after being gunned …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Target Rumsfeld  —  Lawmakers to Seek a Vote of No Confidence in Defense Secretary  —  Under assault from Republicans on issues of national security, congressional Democrats are planning to push for a vote of no confidence in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this month as part …
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Annan: Syria to enforce arms embargo  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria has pledged to step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah.  —  Annan also said that he had asked Syrian President Bashar Assad …
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Jobless Rate Dips in August  —  Hiring perked up in August as employers added 128,000 jobs, pulling down the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, sending a Labor Day message that the economic expansion still has staying power.  —  The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Jennifer McKee / Associated Press:
Burns urges Schweitzer to take steps already taken  —  HELENA — U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns urged Gov. Brian Schweitzer to declare a fire state of emergency Thursday and activate the Montana Army National Guard for firefighting — more than a month after Schweitzer had already done so.
Discussion: Left in the West and Daily Kos
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
A Younger India Is Flexing Its Industrial Brawn  —  Rolls of steel weighing up to 30 metric tons are loaded onto ships at Hazira, India.  Steel shipped by the Essar Group to the United States is put to a variety of uses like construction projects and mountings for car engines.
abc.go.com:
"THE PATH TO 9/11"  —  V  —  NIGHT ONE  —  September 11, 2001.  Teams of terrorist hijackers board four American airliners and take control of the cockpits.  Passengers and flight controllers quickly learn something is terribly wrong....  February 1993.
Juan Williams / New York Times:
Getting Past Katrina  —  A YEAR ago this week, the entire nation caught a chilling look in the mirror.  We watched as the citizens of New Orleans, clutching their essential belongings in plastic trash bags, struggled through fetid flood waters in search of shelter.
Discussion: The News Blog
 
 
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Spiegel Online:
"I See an Absolutely Hostile Mood Towards Jews"
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Friday Line: U.S. House Races
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Oscar Avila / Chicago Tribune:
Why this immigrant rights march is brought to you by Miller
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Bush's 'assassination' as entertainment
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Something Has Gone Horribly, Horribly Wrong
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Where's Mao? Chinese Revise History Books
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Solons Irked Over Visit Of Khatemi
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The Army has met its reenlistment goal
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On the Job, Nursing Mothers Find a 2-Class System
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U.S. Muslims Warn of Threat From Within
David Warren / Real Clear Politics:
Doing the Enemy's Work
Marc Humbert / Associated Press:
Sen. Clinton Touts Woman for President
Associated Press:
Defense CEOs doing well since 9/11, study says
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Townhall:
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