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10:50 PM ET, September 3, 2006


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Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
I Am a Reality-Based Center-Left Technocrat...  Eric Rauchway writes: … I am, as I said above, a reality-based center-left technocrat.  I am pragmatically interested in government policies that work: that are good for America and for the world.  My natural home is in the bipartisan center …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE TWO T'S....The New York Time reports today on Karl Rove's strategy …
Discussion: unfutz
The Value of Political Populism
Discussion: unfutz and The Left Coaster
Atrios / Eschaton:   Technocracy  —  This statement by Brad DeLong disturbed me on so many levels and
Jay Deshmukh / Agence France Presse:
Iraqi PM orders Kurds to hoist national flag  —  BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has set himself on a collision course with Kurdish separatists by ordering public buildings across Iraq to fly the national flag.  —  Earlier in the week, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region …
Discussion: IRAQ THE MODEL
Iraq attack leaves 11 Pakistanis dead
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Agence France Presse:
Gunmen kill aide of Iraqi Shiite cleric
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Why abduct us?  We cede our values for free  —  Did you see that video of the two Fox journalists announcing they'd converted to Islam?  The larger problem, it seems to me, is that much of the rest of the Western media have also converted to Islam, and there seems to be no way to get them to convert back to journalism.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Will the real cowards please stand up?  —  (updated below)  —  In his new column today, admired warrior Mark Steyn follows in the footsteps of David Warren by mocking (from a safe distance, as always) the willingness of Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig to participate in a conversion ceremony in order to save their own lives.
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Annan gets little satisfaction in Iran  —  TEHRAN, Iran - The U.N. chief got little satisfaction Sunday at the close of his trip to Tehran, snubbed by Iran's leader over international demands to stop enriching uranium and ignored in warnings not to incite hatred by questioning the Holocaust.
Associated Press:
Iran To Host Holocaust Conference  —  Aims To Examine Scientific Evidence Supporting The Atrocity  —  (AP) Iran said Sunday it would sponsor a conference in the autumn questioning the extent of the Holocaust, dismissing it as exaggerated, in a provocative move timed during a visit by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Editor
Associated Press:
Klan holds rally at Gettysburg  —  GETTYSBURG, Pa. - About 30 Ku Klux Klan members proclaimed hatred for blacks, Jews, gays and Latinos as they stood behind barricades at the Civil War battlefield where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  —  Gordon Young of the World Knights …
Transcript for Sept. 3  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Only 65 days until the midterm elections.  The Democrats must gain six seats to take control of the U.S. Senate.  This fall we will once again present debates between the candidates in some of the hottest Senate races across the country …
Ali Daraghmeh / Associated Press:
Palestinian teachers' strike hurts boy  —  NABLUS, West Bank - Masked militants trying to keep students away from school during a politically charged Palestinian teachers' strike on Sunday shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy.  —  Palestinian teachers began striking Saturday …
Little Green Footballs:   Palestinian Terrorists Fire on Children, AP Obfuscates
Nicholas Eberstadt / Washington Post:
Why Poverty Doesn't Rate  —  The Census Bureau last week released its latest estimate of the U.S. poverty rate — the country's most important official statistic on domestic want and deprivation.  The figure was sobering, signaling short-run stagnation and deterioration over the past generation.
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda Leader Arrested in Iraq  —  Iraqi armed forces have arrested the No. 2 leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the country's national security leader said Sunday.  —  The leader, Hamed Jumaa Faris Juri al-Saaydi, was captured within the past few days near Baqubah, along with 20 other senior members …
Brad DeLong / Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal:
Making 'em Feel Small...  Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal  —  A Fair, Balanced, and Reality-Based Look at Economics and Many Other Topics  —  September 03, 2006  —  Making 'em Feel Small...  I wrote that one reason that America's rich today live the expensive and ostentatious lifestyles they do …
Glenn Greenwald / Firedoglake:
FDL Book Salon — Conservatives Without Conscience, Week 2  —  John Dean's book is one of the most important books of the year.  It has obviously resonated across the country, as it has remained on The New York Times Best-Seller list since the first week it was released …
Armitage and Powell: Looking at PlameGate retrospectively  —  The indefatigable "Larwyn" sent around a link at some god-awful hour last night to an editorial in today's New York Post calling for "Justice for Scooter."  It is not one of that great newspaper's finer efforts.
Discussion: Dinocrat and Blue Crab Boulevard
Engram / Back Talk:   A Trip Down the New York Times Memory Lane
Associated Press:
Khatami: US policies trigger terrorism  —  In first public appearances during nearly two-week visit to US, former Iranian president says American Muslims can play key role in promoting peace, security  —  Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Saturday that US foreign policy triggers terrorism …
Sarah Smiles / The Age:
Ambulance attack evidence stands the test  —  AHMED Fawaz sits in a wheelchair in a sweat-stained hospital gown, smoking a cigarette in sweltering heat.  —  He was discharged from a Beirut hospital this week after losing his leg when a Lebanese Red Cross ambulance he was in with his family came under …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Iraq: A Sweeping, Secret New Report  —  Bush administration policymakers and their congressional backers may get some unwelcome news from a new analysis on Iraq that the office of intelligence czar John Negroponte will soon produce.  In late July, leading Senate Democrats asked Negroponte …
Discussion: War and Piece and Oliver Willis
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Sockpuppetry  —  The New Republic's Lee Siegel, who described …
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
GOP's Hold on House Shakier
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Guess who got arrested yesterday in Britain
Discussion: Sky News
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
New Jersey's GOP Senate Candidate Kean Calls For Rumsfeld's Resignation
Jonathan Rauch / New York Times:
No Middle Ground  —  My friends Jenny and Greg were still digesting …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Outrageously outrageous 9/11 outrage!
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IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Maher mocks kidnapped Fox News journos, suggests converting to Islam
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Hezbollah wants to swap soldiers for child killer
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Hardball Tactics in an Era of Threats
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Francis Elliott / Independent:
'Deluded': Extraordinary attack on Blair by Cabinet
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