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11:30 AM ET, September 8, 2006

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William Triplett / Variety:
Pols pound 'Path'  —  Under fire, ABC mulls yanking mini  —  "The Path to 9/11" is looking a lot like "The Reagans, Part II."  —  Bill Clinton loyalists are demanding wholesale changes to the upcoming miniseries — and while ABC is making some snips, the alterations, insiders say, may not please the Dems.
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Why Does the Left Hate "The Path to 9/11"?  —  On Sunday and Monday nights at 8 PM, ABC will air a five hour mini-series, "The Path to 9/11."  I have watched it, and it is a riveting and in some respects horrifying recreation of the events from the hours before the first World Trade Center attack …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Harvey Keitel speaks out on Path to 9/11: "It turned out not all the facts were correct"  —  Harvey Keitel speaks out on "Showbiz Tonight about the controversy ABC's "Path to 9/11" has caused and in which he stars.  —  Video-WMP Video-QT (rough transcript-not full)
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh, TPMmuckraker and Truthdig
New York Times:
Passions Flare as Broadcast of 9/11 Mini-Series Nears  —  Under growing pressure from Democrats and aides to former President Bill Clinton, ABC is re-evaluating and in some cases re-editing crucial scenes in its new mini-series "The Path to 9/11" to soften its portrait of the Clinton administration's pursuit …
Reuters:
Democrats urge ABC to withdraw 9/11 movie  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amid an election-year debate over who can best defend America, U.S. congressional Democrats urged ABC on Thursday to cancel a TV miniseries about the September 11 attacks that is critical of former Democratic President Bill Clinton and his top aides.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
ABC to Alter Show on Pre-9/11 Run-Up  —  ABC plans to make minor changes to its docudrama on the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in response to heated complaints from former Clinton administration officials that a number of scenes are fabricated, a network executive said yesterday.
Discussion: Iowa Voice and MSNBC
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC: '9/11' mini 'fictional'  —  ABC issued a defense Thursday of its controversial miniseries "The Path to 9/11," which has come under fire from members of the Clinton administration.  —  The network released a statement saying that the five-hour telefilm, which airs Sunday and Monday nights …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
John / AMERICAblog:
Senate Democratic leadership threatens Disney with legal and legislative sanctions
Hindrocket / Power Line:
DID THE DEMS THREATEN ABC?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Aljazeera:
Al-Qaeda video takes credit for 9/11  —  A new videotape aired on Aljazeera television has shown Osama bin Laden and senior Al-Qaeda members meeting with some of the men who carried out the September 11 attacks against the US in 2001.  —  The 90-minute video apparently shows Bin Laden …
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Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:   PFA Launches A New Ad To Help Scare Americans
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate OK's Massive Defense Bill
Discussion: The Talent Show
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Interrogation Methods Rejected by Military Win Bush's Support  —  Many of the harsh interrogation techniques repudiated by the Pentagon on Wednesday would be made lawful by legislation put forward the same day by the Bush administration.  And the courts would be forbidden from intervening.
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Washington Post:
Decision to Move Detainees Resolved Two-Year Debate Among Bush Advisers
Discussion: The Washington Note
Marcia Kramer / wcbstv.com:
Documents: Feds, City Knew Of Ground Zero Toxins  —  (CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 Exclusive: Stunning proof has been uncovered that the government knowingly put New Yorkers in harm's way after 9/11.  —  CBS 2 News has obtained documents revealing that Lower Manhattan was reopened a few weeks following …
Discussion: MyDD and The Democratic Daily
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amny.com:
Whitman: 9/11 health woes are city's fault
Discussion: A Blog For All and The News Blog
New York Times:
Conservatives Help Wal-Mart, and Vice Versa  —  As Wal-Mart Stores struggles to rebut criticism from unions and Democratic leaders, the company has discovered a reliable ally: prominent conservative research groups like the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute.
Daniel Freedman / New York Sun:
U.S. Politicians Should Focus On Tehran, Netanyahu Says  —  NEW YORK - Benjamin Netanyahu, as part of an American tour repositioning himself for a return to the Israeli premiership, told an audience in New York yesterday that President Bush is preparing to ditch the United Nations …
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
ON NOT KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD
Discussion: normblog and It Shines For All
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Lamont Criticizes Lieberman's 1998 Rebuke of Clinton Over Affair  —  Ned Lamont, Connecticut's Democratic Senate candidate, has sharply criticized Senator Joseph I. Lieberman's public rebuke of former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, suggesting this week …
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Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:
Election '06 Senate Briefs
Discussion: Townhall and Redstate
Senator Bill Frist:
A Triumph for Transparency in Government  —  Tonight I'm proud to report that the Senate unanimously passed S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.  —  The passage of this legislation is a triumph for transparency in government, for fiscal discipline …
CBS News:
Armitage On CIA Leak: 'I Screwed Up'  —  CBS Exclusive: Interview With Man Who 'Outed' CIA Agent Valerie Plame  —  (CBS) In an exclusive interview with CBS News national security correspondent David Martin, Richard Armitage, once the No. 2 diplomat at the State Department, couldn't be any blunter.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Iraq: A Civil War We Can Still Win  —  As the Democrats turn themselves into the antiwar party, as popular support for the war continues to sink, as some who initially signed on to the war now heap scorn on the entire Iraqi project, the question of immediate withdrawal must be confronted.
 
 
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