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9:50 AM ET, September 4, 2006


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Associated Press:
Stingray kills 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin  —  CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef.  He was 44.
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 .
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.
ABC News:
Irwin had little chance, expert says  —  Marine experts say television personality and naturalist Steve Irwin had little chance of surviving after being struck in the chest by a stingray's barb.  —  Forty-four-year-old Irwin died this morning in far north Queensland while filming for a marine documentary.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Steve Irwin killed by stingray  —  Television personality and environmentalist Steve Irwin has died from a stingray wound while filming off north Queensland.  —  Friends believe he may have died instantly when struck by a stingray as he filmed a sequence for his eight-year-old daughter Bindi's new TV series.
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: The Strata-Sphere and Daily Kos
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
Jill Zuckman / Mercury News:
Rove's vision falling apart as mood turns against GOP  —  WASHINGTON - Karl Rove had a grand vision as he crafted George W. Bush's first presidential campaign.  —  Republicans not only would capture the White House, but they also would realign American politics, creating an enduring majority …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Fixing A Broken Congress
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
GOP's Hold on House Shakier
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: Crooks and Liars and NewsHog
Iraq attack leaves 11 Pakistanis dead
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Daniel Pipes Weblog:
Al-Qaeda Invites Me to Join Its Ranks  —  In a statement today, Al-Qaeda's American rep, Adam Gadahn (né Adam Perlman, whom the FBI seeks "in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States"), has this to say: … So, Al-Qaeda wants me and my "sword" (a reference …
Al-Qaeda calls on US to convert
Discussion: The American Street
Olmert: Unaware of deal to free Shalit  —  PM denies Arab reports of agreement to release kidnapped soldier within two days in exchange for 1,400 Palestinian prisoners  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied at the opening of hid briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday reports …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Times of London:
Caine hits out against today's 'banal' films  —  FILMS made today pale against cinema classics of the past because they are so lacking in dialogue, character and plot, Sir Michael Caine told The Times yesterday.  —  The Oscar-winning star has lost count of the number of times he has seen films …
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
Iraq holds 'key al-Qaeda figure'  —  The Iraqi authorities have announced the arrest of a man they say is the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in Iraq.  —  Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, told a news conference the man, Hamad Jama al-Saedi, was detained a few days ago.
John /
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 " …
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
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Annan gets little satisfaction in Iran
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Masked man with firebomb attacks Montreal Jewish school
Kendrick Marshall / Chicago Sun Times:
Marchers are 'tired but holding up'
Gateway Pundit:
Democrats Pull Out 1864 Party Platform- Dust It Off For 2006
Nico / Think Progress:
Dole Stumped When Asked To Name Anyone Who Believes 'The Terrorists Can Be Appeased'
US policies fuel terrorism: Khatami
Tim Castle / New Zealand Herald:
Bad teen mums will be punished
Discussion: Say Anything
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