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11:15 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.
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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.
Discussion: Baseball Crank
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.
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.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray (UPDATED)
The Australian:
Biography: Steve Irwin
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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.
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
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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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.
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
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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
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 …
John / blogenlust.net:
A LIST OF CAPTURED OR KILLED AL QAEDA IN IRAQ #2'S  —  I've tried to make it easier to list all of the al Qaeda in Iraq #2's I've been keeping track of for the last year.  Here's the complete list to the best of my knowledge.  As of today, there are 39.  —  Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, aka Abu Humam, aka Abu Rana (9-3-06)
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BBC:   Iraq holds 'key al-Qaeda figure'
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 …
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BBC:
Al-Qaeda calls on US to convert
Discussion: The American Street
 
 
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Drudge Report:
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CBC News:
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CBS News:
200 Taliban Killed In Fighting
Associated Press:
Iran To Host Holocaust Conference