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3:50 PM ET, September 5, 2006


 Top Items: 
Jennifer Nix / Firedoglake:
If Only I Had An ABC-Approved Press Pass  —  ABC is clearly feeling some heat over their fictionalized drama, "The Path to 9/11," set to air on September 10th and 11th.  After pulling the public blog from the movie's web site and stonewalling progressive and liberal bloggers late last week …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Fact or Fiction?  —  Can someone explain to me how, exactly …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos   Slaughter Calls for ABC to Come Clean on New 9-11 Docudrama
David Corn / The Nation:
What Valerie Plame Really Did at the CIA  —  In the spring of 2002 Dick Cheney made one of his periodic trips to CIA headquarters.  Officers and analysts were summoned to brief him on Iraq.  Paramilitary specialists updated the Vice President on an extensive covert action program in motion …
David Corn:
What Valerie Wilson Really Did at the CIA  —  Another mystery solved.  Last week a Newsweek excerpt from HUBRIS: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn (and out this week), revealed that Richard Armitage was the original source …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Who Set the Wayback Machine for 1939?  —  With George W. Bush talking so much about Nazis and fascism, Donald Rumsfeld warning ominously against lily-livered appeasement and Dick Cheney quoting Franklin Roosevelt on the "dirty business" of war, one might worry that this direction-challenged administration …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Condi takes historical analogies to an absurd level  —  Last week, top administration officials, including Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, equated the war in Iraq with fighting Nazis in World War II.  As part of this analogy, the Bush gang made its critics out to be Neville Chamberlain …
Discussion: The Heretik and Think Progress
NY Daily News:
Condi uses Civil War to slap Iraq critics
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
HATEFUL 'MOVE' VS. JOE  —  SITE'S ANTI-JEWISH SLURS  —  A string of anti-Semitic rants about Sen. Joe Lieberman have popped up on the liberal's open forum Web site, drawing criticism from the Anti-Defamation League.  —  It's the latest flap in the contentious race between Lieberman …
Bull Moose:
Liberalism of Fools  —  The Moose objects to the pollution of the blogosphere.  —  For months, the Moose has observed that if you seek anti-Semitic and anti-Israel filth on the internet, look to the left side.  Comment threads and diariists regularly rant against Jews and the Jewish state.
Agence France Presse:
Nine arrested in Denmark's 'most serious' terrorism case  —  Nine men have been arrested in Denmark suspected of planning terrorist attacks, the Danish intelligence service PET said in what the second major anti-terrorism raid in less than a year.  —  Danish Justice Minister Lene Espersen …
New York Times:
U.S. Strategy Shifts Focus From Al Qaeda  —  The White House today released an updated version of its plan for combating terrorism that focused more on decentralized networks of extremists than on Al Qaeda and that singled out Iran as a potential source of unconventional weapons for terrorist groups.
Maura Reynolds / Los Angeles Times:
Security Is Atop GOP's Agenda  —  In the run-up to the elections, Republican leaders in Congress are planning to highlight issues they believe play to the party's strengths.  —  WASHINGTON — It's going to be "Security September" on Capitol Hill.  —  With GOP control of the House …
Jerusalem Post:
Abbas confirms deal on Shalit's release  —  Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas confirmed Tuesday that a deal had been reached to secure the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit.  —  Abbas told Bahrain-based newspaper El-Halij that Shalit would be transferred to Egypt …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
THE BLOG OF WAR  —  "Can you handle the truth?...The Blog of War (Simon & Schuster) is loaded with firsthand reports from the Internet diaries of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Grab it before the Pentagon orders it burned..." - Vanity Fair, September 2006
Michael Hirsh / Washington Post:   Dispatches: Soldiers' Blogs, Washington's Blunders
J. Harvie Wilkinson III / Washington Post:
Hands Off Constitutions  —  This Isn't the Way to Ban Same-Sex Marriage  —  The chief casualty in the struggle over same-sex marriage has been the American constitutional tradition.  Liberals and conservatives — judges and legislators — bear responsibility for this sad state of affairs.
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
New Republic Suspends an Editor for Attacks on Blog  —  A senior editor at The New Republic was suspended and his blog was shut down on Friday after revelations that he was involved in anonymously attacking readers who criticized his posts.  —  Lee Siegel, creator of the Lee Siegel …
Jeremiah Marquez / Associated Press:
Feds look at congressman and a land deal  —  REDLANDS, Calif. - Federal investigators probing Rep. Jerry Lewis (news, bio, voting record)' ties to lobbyists are looking into a land deal that put nearly 41 pristine acres in the congressman's neighborhood off-limits to developers, The Associated Press has learned.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Washington Post:
'Mortgage Moms' May Star in Midterm Vote  —  With Wages Stagnant and Debt Growing, Democrats See an Opportunity  —  BURLINGTON, Ky. — Life is cramped at the Condit household.  Dale and Sharon Condit and their two young sons need more room but can't seem to sell their current home — on the market now for three months.
U.S. Newswire:
United House and Senate Democratic Leaders Urge President to Change Course in Iraq; Call for Changes to Iraq Policy  —  Contact: Jim Manley or Rebecca Kirszner (Harry Reid), 202-255-3736 or 202-281-5425; Brendan Daly (Nancy Pelosi), 202-225-3225  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /U.S. Newswire …
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Radley Balko / Fox News:
Fighting Terror Five Years Later
Geoffrey Lean / Independent:
The hungry planet  —  As stocks run out and harvests fail …
Discussion: The Corner and Daily Pundit
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Odds, Ends  —  1) Once again, I spent the entire day looking at houses.
Caryle Murphy / Washington Post:
For Conservative Muslims, Goal of Isolation a Challenge
Greg Kandra / CBS News:
Katie's Web
Discussion: Lost Remote and TalkLeft
Louise Roug / Baltimore Sun:
Killings on rise in Iraqi capital
Discussion: AMERICAblog and PBD
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iranian president wants to purge profs
Ronald Bailey / Opinion Journal:
The Man Who Fed the World
 Earlier Items: 
TCS Daily:
Countdown to Genocide  —  The final countdown for Darfur looms.
NY Daily News:
At Bill library, Bush sounds sub-versive
Yeas and Nays: Tuesday, Sept. 5
Agence France Presse:
British hospital introduces burka-style gown for Muslim patients
Discussion: Snapped Shot
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Bush looking to revive Social Security, tax reform
David Rohde / New York Times:
Afghan Symbol for Change Becomes a Symbol of Failure