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4:34 AM ET, September 4, 2006


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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
Iraq attack leaves 11 Pakistanis dead
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Jay Deshmukh / Agence France Presse:
Iraqi PM orders Kurds to hoist national flag
Discussion: IRAQ THE MODEL
Agence France Presse:
Gunmen kill aide of Iraqi Shiite cleric
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
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: 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 …
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
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
GOP Focus on Security Issues to Sideline Other Matters  —  Congress will return to Washington this week with the Republican majorities in both chambers at risk and GOP leaders planning to turn the floors of the House and Senate into battlegrounds over which political party can best protect …
Discussion: MyDD, Daily Kos and The Heretik
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
THE TWO T'S....The New York Time reports today on Karl Rove's strategy for the midterm elections.  Unsurprisingly, it's the same as his strategy in 2002 and 2004: … This is why I think it's curious to hear Brad DeLong say this about the Republican Party: "I do think that there is hope …
Discussion: The Reaction and unfutz
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
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Santorum plays the dead father card
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
US policies fuel terrorism: Khatami  —  His remarks came as Teheran and the UN Security Council head for a showdown over Iran's nuclear energy program, which is suspected of masking an effort to develop atomic weapons.  —  Khatami is the most senior Iranian to visit the United States since …
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
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Dole Stumped When Asked To Name Anyone Who Believes 'The Terrorists Can Be Appeased'
Tim Castle / New Zealand Herald:
Bad teen mums will be punished
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Al-Qaeda Invites Me to Join Its Ranks
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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Macaulay on Free Trade
Discussion: Redstate
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Shakespeare's Sister:
Sockpuppetry  —  The New Republic's Lee Siegel, who described …
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Iraq: A Sweeping, Secret New Report
Nicholas Eberstadt / Washington Post:
Why Poverty Doesn't Rate  —  The Census Bureau last week released …
IAN / Hot Air:
Video: Maher mocks kidnapped Fox News journos, suggests converting to Islam
Craig Murray / Washington Post:
Her Majesty's Man in Tashkent