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3:55 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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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:
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.
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 .
The Australian:
Steve Irwin's freak death filmed
Discussion: Hit and Run
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray (SECOND UPDATE)
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.
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Fixing A Broken Congress
Jill Zuckman / Mercury News:   Rove's vision falling apart as mood turns against GOP
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. …
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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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Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
The Year of Living Fearfully  —  Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has gone from being an obscure and not-so-powerful politician to a central player in the Mideast, simply by goading the United States.  —  It's 1938, says the liberal columnist Richard Cohen, evoking images of Hitler's armies massing in the face of an appeasing West.
Tim Hames / Times of London:
What a shambles over Iran  —  The collapse of resolve towards Tehran's nuclear plans will deeply undermine international order  —  PERSIAN PROVERBS have a particularly poetic quality to them.  Among my personal favourites are: "The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet" …
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Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iranian President Wants Talks, Annan Says
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Decision '08
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.
Mira Oberman / Agence France Presse:
US Muslims plagued by discrimination after 9/11 attacks  —  DEARBORN, United States (AFP) - Discrimination and harassment by law enforcement have come to plague American Muslims in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11.  —  There have been suspicious looks, slurs …
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: Times of London and Sky News
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 …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Troops Cut Death, but Not Fear, in Baghdad Zone  —  Three weeks after American and Iraqi troops began searching, fortifying and patrolling Dora, one of Baghdad's bloodiest neighborhoods, the odor of death on the streets has eased.  After 126 bodies surfaced in Dora in July, only 18 turned up in August …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
This week's FISA debate — 2 falsehoods that cannot be responsibly reported  —  It is now undeniably clear to everyone that the sole hope Bush supporters have for staving off disaster in the midterm elections is to (a) hype the terrorist threat as shrilly and irresponsibly as possible and then …
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