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8:15 AM ET, September 15, 2006


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
An Unexpected Collision Over Detainees  —  President Bush and Congressional Republicans spent the last 10 days laying the foundation for a titanic pre-election struggle over national security, and now they have one.  But the fight playing out this week on Capitol Hill is not what they had in mind.
Sabrina Eaton / Associated Press:
Ney to plead to criminal charge  —  Bob Ney, R-Ohio discusses his bid for re-election, during a campaign rally at the Tuscarawas County GOP headquarters in Dover, Ohio.  Ney has agreed with the Justice Department to plead guilty to at least one criminal charge.
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Ohio Congressman Is Said to Agree to Plead Guilty  —  Representative Bob Ney, Republican of Ohio, has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to his dealings with the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, lawyers and others with knowledge of the investigation said Thursday.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:   Ney to Plead Guilty in Scandal
Ian Fisher / New York Times:
Muslim Leaders Assail Pope's Speech on Islam  —  As Pope Benedict XVI arrived back home from Germany, Muslim leaders strongly criticized a speech he gave on his trip that used unflattering language about Islam.  —  Some of the strongest words came from Turkey, possibly putting in jeopardy Benedict's scheduled visit there in November.
Pope's speech stirs Muslim anger  —  Muslim religious leaders have accused Pope Benedict XVI of quoting anti-Islamic remarks during a speech at a German university this week.  —  Questioning the concept of holy war, he quoted a 14th-Century Christian emperor who said Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jew-hating, gay-bashing jihadist cleric warns Pope: Islam means peace
Discussion: Reuters and alphabet city
Politics Central:
AL-DURA: THE TRIAL (PART TWO)  —  Here are my first impressions of the trial.  A proper account will follow tomorrow.  —  The trial was beautiful, the Palais de Justice is beautiful with its aspiring architecture and gilded gates, it was a beautiful late summer evening in mid-September …
Dreyfus and the France2 case: history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes  —  The great Mark Twain wrote, in one of his pithiest and most insightful aphorisms:  —  History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.  —  Not all the rhymes of history are beautiful poetry, of that we can be sure.
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida joins Algerians against France  —  PARIS - Al-Qaida has for the first time announced a union with an Algerian insurgent group that has designated France as an enemy, saying they will act together against French and American interests.  —  Current and former French officials specializing …
Report: Latest al-Qaeda tape makes France a target
Discussion: Hot Air and Jihad Watch
Rob Port / Say Anything:
Who The Terror Apologists Support  —  Some of you may be familiar with a group called the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.  This is a group that describes itself as the "Muslim NAACP."  Some of its leaders stood by President Bush and Colin Powell as those men spoke …
Rusty / The Jawa Report:   Radical Islam's Insiders in Washington
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Sen. Reid: The Specter bill will NOT be enacted.  Period.  —  (updated below)  —  Sen. Harry Reid participated in a conference call with a dozen or so bloggers this afternoon.  For the first question, I asked him about the Specter bill — specifically, what the Democrats' strategy …
Isambard Wilkinson / Telegraph:
US outraged as Pakistan frees Taliban fighters  —  Pakistan's credibility as a leading ally in the war on terrorism was called into question last night when it emerged that President Pervez Musharraf's government had authorised the release from jail of thousands of Taliban fighters caught fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Donna Abu-Nasr / Associated Press:
Attacks on Yemen oil plants kill 5  —  SAN`A, Yemen - Suicide bombers tried to strike two oil facilities in Yemen with explosives-packed cars, but authorities foiled the attacks and four bombers and a security guard were killed, the government said Friday.  —  The attempts came ahead …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Washington Post:
Va. Senate Race Goes Negative on 1979 Essay  —  Women Didn't Belong At Annapolis, Webb Said  —  Virginia's U.S. Senate race turned nasty Wednesday as Republican Sen. George Allen launched a character attack on his Democratic opponent's past views toward women in combat …
White House:
President Bush Welcomes President Roh of Republic of Korea to the White House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Welcome to the White House.  I will give an opening statement, the President will give an opening statement, we will answer two questions a side.  —  Mr. President, thank you for coming.
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