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3:50 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  —  The editors of the Washington Post have had enough of the Joe Wilson saga.  Writing on the denouement - Richard Armitage provided the first leak to Bob Novak - they deliver this broadside: … Ouch.  —  This editorial makes a book-end with the controversial WaPo editorial …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Townhall.com
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Marked for death: WaPo calls MediaWhoregate a non-story (Update: Flashback video)
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Ace of Spades HQ
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
An Exclamation Point On The Plame Denouement
Discussion: Redstate and The Corner
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
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
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
Where's Mao?  Chinese Revise History Books  —  When high school students in Shanghai crack their history textbooks this fall they may be in for a surprise.  The new standard world history text drops wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions in favor of colorful tutorials on economics, technology, social customs and globalization.
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.
New York Times:
In Latest Push, Bush Cites Risk in Quitting Iraq  —  President Bush said Thursday that withdrawing now from Iraq would leave Americans at risk of terrorist attacks "in the streets of our own cities," and he cast the struggle against Islamic extremists as the costly but necessary successor …
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
Cass Sunstein / The New Republic:
AMPED UP:  —  A few years ago, I was involved in some studies that uncovered a funny fact: When Republican-appointed judges sit on three-judge panels with other Republican appointees, they show unusually conservative voting patterns.  So too, Democratic-appointed judges on three-judge panels …
Discussion: TAPPED
 
 
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