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7:40 AM ET, September 4, 2006


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David Hammer / Associated Press:
Republican ads show distance from Bush  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans who were once cozy with President Bush are distancing themselves from both the president and their party in campaign ads.  —  Consider Rep. Deborah Pryce (news, bio, voting record), the fourth-ranking House Republican struggling …
Discussion: Buckeye State Blog and AMERICAblog
New York Times:
G.O.P. Seen to Be in Peril of Losing House  —  After a year of political turmoil, Republicans enter the fall campaign with their control of the House in serious jeopardy, the possibility of major losses in the Senate, and a national mood so unsettled that districts once considered safely Republican …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
GOP's Hold on House Shakier  —  As Labor Day gets the campaign in full swing, Democrats are counting on voters unhappy with one-party rule and Bush's leadership.  —  WASHINGTON — Raye Haug, a retired librarian in northern Virginia, for years happily voted to reelect her longtime congressman, Republican Frank R. Wolf.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Fixing A Broken Congress  —  Congress returns for a final preelection push this week, with few of its members believing there is much hope of salvaging some real accomplishments from this dismal session.  —  In an interview last week, one of the Republican leaders of the House told …
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead  —  THE Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is dead.  —  He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said today.  —  It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest and reportedly into his heart .
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Wizbang
Associated Press:
'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin dies  —  Environmentalist, 44, killed by stingray on diving expedition  —  CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming …
ABC News:
Steve Irwin dead  —  The naturalist and television star Steve Irwin has died in a diving accident in far north Queensland.  He was 44.  —  Police say he was stung through the heart by a stingray while diving off Port Douglas.  —  He was filming a documentary when the accident occurred around midday AEST near the Low Isles.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Not Wanted: An Exit Strategy  —  The mostly bad news from Iraq this summer left a lot of people in Washington, including a few in the Bush administration, feeling confused, anxious and doubtful about whether the Iraqi government can deliver on its promise to stabilize the country.
Juan / Informed Comment:
Barzani Threatens Secession;  —  Sistani Aide Assassinated;  —  4 GIs Killed  —  Massoud Barzani reacted angrily to criticisms of him by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and many other Iraqi politicians for his call that the Iraqi flag not be flown in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Discussion: NewsHog
Jay Deshmukh / Agence France Presse:
Iraqi PM orders Kurds to hoist national flag
Discussion: IRAQ THE MODEL
Hindrocket / Power Line:
JOURNALISTS CHANGE STORY, ATTEMPT COMEBACK  —  The story of the alleged Israeli missile or rocket attack on two Red Cross ambulances was one of Hezbollah's decisive propaganda victories in the recent conflict in Lebanon.  It was reported, world-wide, that the Israelis had attacked …
Discussion: Tim Blair and Riehl World View
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Al-Qaeda calls on US to convert  —  Al-Qaeda has urged non-Muslims - especially in the US - to convert to Islam, according to a new videotape.  —  The call is made by a man identified on the film as "Azzam the American", a convert also known as Adam Gadahn who is wanted for questioning by the FBI.
Discussion: The American Street
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
Discussion: Hot Air and The New Editor
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
THE GUARDIAN MOVES TO THE NEXT ARGUMENT AGAINST SELF-DEFENSE  —  UK Guardian:  —  "The Pentagon claimed a victory for America's missile defence system last night when a mock warhead was successfully destroyed in space in a test which cost $85m"  —  Ok.  So, weve quickly moved from " …
CBS News:
200 Taliban Killed In Fighting  —  4 Canadian Troops Also Killed In Major Operation By NATO, Afghan Forces  —  (CBS/AP) Warplanes and artillery pounded Taliban fighters hiding in orchards Sunday during a big Afghan-NATO offensive that the alliance said killed more than 200 militants in its first two days.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Kendrick Marshall / Chicago Sun Times:
Marchers are 'tired but holding up'  —  The second leg of a four-day, 44-mile march in support of immigration reform took place Saturday afternoon, and hundreds of demonstrators spent part of the day rallying in Melrose Park.  —  About 250 marchers on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo …
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.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE TWO T'S....The New York Time reports today on Karl Rove's strategy …
Discussion: The Reaction, The News Blog and unfutz
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Tim Castle / New Zealand Herald:
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