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12:20 AM ET, September 3, 2006


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Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's deputy issues new videotape  —  CAIRO, Egypt - An American thought to be an al-Qaida activist appeared in a videotape with the terror group's deputy leader Saturday and called on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda No. 2 Releases Tape Inviting Americans to Convert to Islam  —  CAIRO, Egypt — Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri issued a new videotape Saturday along with a man identified as an American member of the terror network, inviting Americans to convert to Islam.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
AL QAEDA SAYS: CONVERT OR ELSE!  —  Al Qaeda has released a new video, with an introduction by Zawahiri, that stars an American formerly known as Adam Yehiye Gadahn.  Gadahn, who has been featured in al Qaeda videos before, urges all Americans to avoid the wrath of al Qaeda by converting to Islam.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Video: Al Qaeda tells U.S. to convert or die
Kim Priestap / Wizbang:
Jeffrey Imm / Counterterrorism Blog:
New Al Qaeda Video Seeks Americans to Convert to Islam
Discussion: The Fourth Rail and Pajamas Media
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Friends of Hillary hint she may pull out of presidential race  —  FRIENDS of Hillary Clinton have been whispering the unthinkable.  Despite her status as the runaway frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president, some of her closest advisers say she might opt out of the White House race …
Washington Post:
More GOP Districts Counted as Vulnerable  —  Facing the most difficult political environment since they took control of Congress in 1994, Republicans begin the final two months of the midterm campaign in growing danger of losing the House while fighting to preserve at best a slim majority in the Senate …
New York Times:
Rove's Word Is No Longer G.O.P. Gospel  —  Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, is struggling to steer the Republican Party to victory this fall at a time when he appears to have the least political authority since he came to Washington, party officials said.
New York Times:
Mr. Bush's Nuclear Legacy  —  Unless something changes soon, by the end of President Bush's second term North Korea will have produced enough plutonium for 10 or more nuclear weapons while Iran's scientists will be close to mastering the skills needed to build their own.
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Opium Harvest at Record Level in Afghanistan  —  Afghanistan's opium harvest this year has reached the highest levels ever recorded, showing an increase of almost 50 percent from last year, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said Saturday in Kabul.
Discussion: Amygdala and Truthdig
Matthew Pennington / Associated Press:
U.S. says Afghan opium out of control
Discussion: PoliBlog and Dohiyi Mir
Jonathan S. Landay / Knight Ridder:
Truces fueling resurgence of Taliban, critics say
Discussion: The Reaction
Jason Lewis / Daily Mail:
Police swoop on Britain's first 'jihad training camp'  —  Anti-terror police raided what is believed to be Britain's first home-grown jihad training camp in the grounds of a former English ballet school.  —  They rounded up a network of alleged terrorist recruiters after spying on them at the secluded country mansion.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Dan / Riehl World View:
More On Jameah Islameah  —  The school linked to recent terrorist …
Discussion: Townhall and A Blog For All
Andrew Bolt /
The ambulance hoax - why no missile could have done this  —  A military source I know, who cannot be identified, has checked to see if Israel has any missile that would pop a neat hole in the roof of an ambulance and explode, causing no scorch marks, no shrapnel damage and no fatalities to the people inside.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Iraqi Casualties Are Up Sharply, Study Finds  —  A girl checked her parrots Friday in her Baghdad home, which was damaged by rocket attacks.  Attacks on civilians have risen sharply.  —  Iraqi casualties soared by more than 50 percent in recent months, the product of spiraling sectarian clashes …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES....Brad DeLong says something worth starting a conversation over: … I would have agreed with this 15 years ago.  And I am enough of a temperamental moderate to agree with it still — emotionally, anyway.  —  But one has to respond to reality, no?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Times of London:
Attacks on Jews soar since Lebanon  —  Synagogues and citizens have been targeted  —  BRITISH Jews are facing a wave of anti-Semitic attacks prompted by Israel's conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Synagogues have been daubed with graffiti, Jewish leaders have had hate-mail and ordinary people …
Booman Tribune:
Wrecking Patrick Fitzgerald  —  Looks like Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney charged with investigating the leak of that identified Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA officer, has hit a real nerve and is on the verge of dropping a new legal bomb on the Bush Administration.
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
War Veterans Lend Support to Lieberman in TV Ads  —  An independent group, Vets for Freedom, will begin sponsoring television commercials early next week for Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, thanking him for his support of the war in Iraq.  —  Vets for Freedom is a group of veterans of the wars …
Ingrid Melander / Reuters:
EU gives Iran two more weeks in nuclear standoff  —  LAPPEENRANTA, Finland (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Saturday to try to clarify Iran's stance on halting uranium enrichment within two weeks and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan held talks in Tehran to try and settle the standoff.
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Palestinian group to target non-Muslims  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Palestinian militants who held two Fox News journalists hostage for nearly two weeks threatened in a statement posted online Saturday to abduct non-Muslims visiting the Palestinian territories and kill them unless their demands were met.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Bush's Shift of Tone on Iraq: The Grim Cost of Losing
Discussion: Needlenose, NewsHog and LamontBlog
Eric Reeves / Washington Post:
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
FBI Role in Terror Probe Questioned
Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
Martyrs wanted  —  I was planning to maintain a tasteful silence …