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10:55 PM ET, September 4, 2006


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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" …
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.
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iranian President Wants Talks, Annan Says
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Decision '08
New York Times:
G.O.P. Sets Aside Work on Immigration  —  As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, Congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political strength.
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 …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Young U.S. Muslims Strive for Harmony
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. …
Nathan /
The Brilliance of Labor  —  Admit it.  Many of you think labor unions are dinosaurs, lumbering beasts with pea-sized brains stumbling along waiting for extinction in a world passing them by.  God knows, union leaders have done stupid things at times, but what strikes me is the sustained innovation …
Austin Bay Blog:
UPDATED: Death of the Crocodile Hunter  —  My family has thoroughly enjoyed Steve Irwin's enthusiastic and informative (if often eccentric) wildlife programs.  —  The Crocodile Hunter's komodo dragon show, however, has a unique place in our tv pantheon - in that show the intrepid Irwin flees …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: BBC urges appeasement  —  I put out the APB and our friend Brian of London at Friends of Micronesia came through.  In a big, big way.  —  Here's the BBC listing; this is an edit of the last ten minutes.  The clip is short but there's a lot to digest.
Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
33 bodies found scattered across Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Police found the tortured, blindfolded bodies of 33 men scattered across the capital Monday and the U.S.-led coalition reported combat deaths of seven servicemen, a day after Iraqi leaders said the capture of a top terror suspect would reduce violence.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Reuters:   FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 4
Tom Lutz / New York Times:
The Summer Next Time  —  IN late May, for those of us who teach, the summer stretches out like the great expanse of freedom it was in grammar school.  Ah, the days on the beach!  The books we will read!  The adventures we will have!  —  But before hunkering down to months of leisurely lolling around …
Discussion: Althouse and
Opinion Journal:
Dissent at Dartmouth  —  Ivy League liberals try to stifle democracy.  —  The left-leaning faction that dominates American higher education doesn't take kindly to strangers—particularly those who challenge the prevailing academic orthodoxies.  Just ask Harvard's Larry Summers.
Marc Peyser / Newsweek:
Rosie's New View  —  After a four-year hiatus, O'Donnell returns as part of TV's most beloved coffee klatch.  An exclusive talk about her career, her critics and the Star Jones mess.  —  You might think that Tom Cruise doesn't have a single fan left, but you would be wrong.  We found one.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and
White House:
President Bush Honors American Work Force on Labor Day  —  Paul Haul Center for Maritime Training and Education  —  Presidential Message: Labor Day, 2006  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  Please be seated.  Happy Labor Day.  —  AUDIENCE: Happy Labor Day.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Yes, thanks.
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
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Path To Rewriting History
Discussion: All Spin Zone and Firedoglake
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Joe Blog  —  A reminder that the Lieberman blog is apparently going live tomorrow.
Discussion: The News Blog and LamontBlog
On Women and Paid Work
Discussion: USA Today
James Moore / The Huffington Post:
The Closets of Karl and Ken
RLR / True Blue Liberal:
Health Policy Malpractice
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Study Finds Sharp Drop in the Number of Terrorism Cases Prosecuted
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Another Leftist Making Fun Of 9/11
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Rush Limbaugh, Janeane Garofalo, 'Conservatives Betrayed'
Noor Khan / Associated Press:
U.S. planes kill Canadian in Afghanistan
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Troops Cut Death, but Not Fear, in Baghdad Zone
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
This week's FISA debate — 2 falsehoods that cannot be responsibly reported
Discussion: SteveAudio and Booman Tribune
Rohan Sullivan / Associated Press:
Health Experts: Obesity Pandemic Looms
Discussion: Donklephant
Graeme Wilson / Telegraph:
Prescott's ethics fiasco 'hampering democracy'
Times of London:
British tourist killed in Jordan shooting