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9:35 AM ET, September 1, 2006

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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 …
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White House:
President Bush Addresses American Legion National Convention  —  Fact Sheet: Winning the Struggle Between Freedom and Terror in the Middle East  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much.  Please be seated.  Thanks for the warm welcome.  It's great to join you here in one of America's most beautiful cities.
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Highly Enriched Uranium Found at Iranian Plant  —  The global nuclear monitoring agency deepened suspicions on Thursday about Iran's nuclear program, reporting that inspectors had discovered new traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian facility.  —  Inspectors have found such uranium …
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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.
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Meth bust highlights Mexican groups' influence  —  Last week, federal officials announced the seizure of 174 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, calling it one of the largest ever on the East Coast.  —  But that's old news.  On Wednesday, the feds announced a bust that doubled that.
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Bryan / Hot Air:   Ginormous Mexican meth gangs invade America: mom-and-pop meth gangs hardest hit
Associated Press:
FBI searches offices of Alaska lawmakers  —  Legislators targeted in five locations as part of 'pending investigation'  —  JUNEAU, Alaska - Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MISS ENGLAND SAYS: IT'S OUR FAULT!  —  You may be unaware that the Miss World pageant is coming up next month.  The finale will be in Poland at the end of September; the Miss World web site is taking shape.  —  Normally, this would be a source of unalloyed pleasure.  This year, though, politics has intruded.
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Daily Mail:
Stereotyping is leading to terror, says first Muslim Miss England
Marc Humbert / Associated Press:
Sen. Clinton Touts Woman for President  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, standing outside an abandoned knitting mill that will become the new home of the National Women's Hall of Fame, said Thursday she hopes America is ready for its first woman president.  —  "It just depends on when and if that happens," the former first lady said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
Associated Press:
Defense CEOs doing well since 9/11, study says  —  Average pay has doubled, compared with slight gains at other companies  —  WASHINGTON - The chief executives of corporations making big profits from the war on terror are enjoying far bigger pay increases than CEOs of nondefense companies, according to a study by two liberal groups.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Josh Brannon / Associated Press:
'Settling accounts,' IDF kills Al Aksa chief in Nablus  —  IDF forces operating in Nablus early Thursday morning gunned down Fadi Kafisha, 29, commander of Fatah's Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades in the northern West Bank city and a "terrorist mastermind" who military officials said was financed and directed by Hizbullah.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
Jeffrey Selingo / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Education Department Mined Hundreds of Students' Records as Part of FBI Antiterrorist Operation  —  The U.S. Education Department has given the Federal Bureau of Investigation information on hundreds of students who applied for financial aid over the past five years as part …
Rebecca Carr / Palm Beach Post:
BYRD ADMITS HE PLACED A HOLD, NOW LIFTS IT  —  West Virginia Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd admits that he placed a "secret hold" on legislation that would make uncovering the Byzantine world of federal contracting as easy as typing a Google search.  —  Tom Gavin, spokesperson for Byrd …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
The Next Industrial Giant Is ... India?  —  PUNE, India — India's economic advancement no longer rests on telephone call centers and computer programmers.  —  Among villages with thatch-roofed huts and dirt roads on the outskirts of this city in central India, John Deere and LG Electronics …
Discussion: Donklephant
Will Dunham / Reuters:
U.S. force in Iraq at 140,000  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has expanded its force in Iraq to 140,000 troops, the most since January and 13,000 more than five weeks ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday, amid relentless violence in Baghdad and elsewhere.
Senator Bill Frist:
Now is the Time to Act on S. 2590  —  I'm very encouraged to see that all one hundred Senators have now answered the blogosphere's inquiries on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act.  Now is the time to act.  In September, I will bring S. 2590 to the floor of the Senate for the vote it deserves.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Revision Lifts Pace of Growth  —  The economy grew more quickly in the second quarter than initially estimated and inflation was slightly lower, the Commerce Department reported yesterday.  —  While the revisions were largely in line with expectations, economists said the report was a welcome sign …
Discussion: Political Animal
 
 
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