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1:25 PM 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.
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NEWS.com.au:
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:
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.
ABC News:
Steve Irwin dead
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray (SECOND UPDATE)
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 …
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Democrats on a roll in battle for U.S. Congress  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats enter the fall campaign with a clear edge in the high-stakes fight for control of the U.S. Congress, riding a wave of momentum that has them positioned to retake the U.S. House of Representatives and make significant gains in the Senate.
Jill Zuckman / Mercury News:   Rove's vision falling apart as mood turns against GOP
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Fixing A Broken Congress
Steven Knipp / Washington Post:
A Different Face of Iran  —  Despite the Politics, an American Finds Hope in a Forbidden Land  —  As a journalist, I've spent considerable time over the years in places where America was not always popular.  In the bad old days, that meant Russia, China and Vietnam; more recently I've reported …
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Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iranian President Wants Talks, Annan Says
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Decision '08
khaleejtimes.ae:
US policies fuel terrorism: Khatami
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Attacking Inequality  —  Tax Reform Has the Greatest Potential To Narrow the Gap  —  By now almost everyone agrees that inequality is serious.  Economic growth no longer seems to help the majority of workers; the proceeds flow to the top fifth or so of the workforce, and the top within the top has done especially handsomely.
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.
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Juan / Informed Comment:
Barzani Threatens Secession;  —  Sistani Aide Assassinated;
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Heretik
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Omar Bakri Mohammed Detained in Lebanon, 3 al-Muhajiroun Arrested  —  ***Jawa Report Exclusive***  —  Shiekh Omar Bakri Mohammed, the exiled British Muslim cleric, was detained by Lebanese police last week and then released after passing a bribe.  He was questioned about his possible involvement with the foiled sky terror plot.
Discussion: Sky News
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Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Abu Hamza's successor among suspects
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Ynetnews:
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
David Sirota / San Francisco Chronicle:
On America Working The war on workers  —  U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige labeled one "a terrorist organization."  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, called them "a clear and present danger to the security of the United States."  And U.S. Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga. …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 4  —  Source: Reuters  —  Sept 4 (Reuters) - Following are security and other developments in Iraq reported on Monday, as of 1515 GMT:  —  Asterisk denotes new or updated item.  —  *TIKRIT - A U.S. soldier was killed after his vehicle was hit …
Discussion: Today in Iraq
Times of London:
British tourist killed in Jordan shooting  —  A British man was killed today when a lone gunman shouting "Allahu Akbar!"  ("God is Great") started firing at a group of Western tourists in the Jordanian capital Amman.  —  A government spokesman said that five other tourists - two British women …
 
 
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