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1:00 PM ET, September 14, 2006


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Laurie Kellman / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Powell endorses efforts to block Bush's terrorist plan  —  WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday endorsed efforts by three Republican senators to block President Bush's plan to authorize harsh interrogations of terror suspects.  —  The latest sign of GOP division …
Discussion: TAPPED, Eschaton and AMERICAblog
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Bush seeks GOP support for terror bills
Kelley Shannon / Associated Press:
Ex-Texas Gov. Ann Richards dies  —  AUSTIN, Texas - Former Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman said.  She was 73.  —  She died at home surrounded by her family, the spokeswoman said.
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Ann Richards, Former Governor of Texas, Dies at 73  —  Ann W. Richards, the silver-haired Texas activist who galvanized the 1988 Democratic National Convention with her tart keynote speech and was the state's 45th governor until upset in 1994 by an underestimated challenger named George W. Bush, died Wednesday at her home in Austin.
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Liberalism as Condescension  —  EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. — This suburb, contiguous with Chicago's western edge, is 88 percent white.  A large majority of the customers of the Wal-Mart that sits here, less than a block outside Chicago, are from the city and more than 90 percent of the store's customers are African-American.
Asher Susser / Jerusalem Post:
Lebanon - a reassessment  —  Anyone following the war in Lebanon in the Israeli media could not but come away engulfed in deep depression.  Israelis and their media tend to focus obsessively on themselves, their own losses and failings, remaining largely oblivious to what is happening on the other side of the divide.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Armitage's Leak  —  When Richard Armitage finally acknowledged last week that he was my source three years ago in revealing Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA employee, the former deputy secretary of state's interviews obscured what he really did.  I want to set the record straight based on firsthand knowledge.
Six still in critical condition after shooting  —  MONTREAL (CP) - Six people remained in critical condition on Thursday, including two in very critical condition, after a trenchcoat-clad gunman entered a downtown college and began mowing down students.  —  A spokesman for the Montreal General Hospital …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Montreal Shooter a Columbine Freak
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Gets a Lift From Emphasis On Terror, Iraq  —  Poll Shows Uptick in Support  —  For President, War Effort;  —  Overall Approval Still Weak  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's efforts to explain and win support for his policies on Iraq and terrorism appear to be paying some initial dividends …
Washington Post:
In R.I., a Model for Voter Turnout  —  Employing Senate Primary Strategy May Give GOP an Edge  —  The turnout campaign that Republican operatives used to help pull Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee to victory in the Rhode Island primary was a potent demonstration of how money and manpower can transform …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iraqi Official Testifies to Links Between Saddam and Al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON — A deputy prime minister of Iraq yesterday offered a sharp contradiction of the conventional wisdom here that Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda had no connection before the 2003 war, flatly contradicting a recent report …
Discussion: Power Line
John McWhorter / New York Sun:
I Love My Think Tank  —  For eight years after I got my P.h.D, I was a professor of linguistics.  I first found myself involved with the media in 1996 when the Ebonics controversy hit.  I happened to be the black linguist working closest to Oakland where the issue arose (I was at UC Berkeley), and so the media called me.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Democrats Form New Group for Fund-Raising and Ads  —  Sensing both political danger and opportunity, a top Democratic operative and a group of major party donors have banded together to deliver a barrage of late advertising and on-the-ground action to secure Democratic victories in November.
Christopher Buckley / Washington Monthly:
Let's quit while we're behind  —  "The trouble with our times," Paul Valéry said, "is that the future is not what it used to be."  —  This glum aperçu has been much with me as we move into the home stretch of the 2006 mid-term elections and shimmy into the starting gates of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Bill Cummings / Connecticut Post:
Lieberman camp says Lamont not really a teacher  —  On the campaign stump, Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont often tells audiences that he teaches at Harding High School in Bridgeport.  —  On his Web page, Lamont states, "I teach in a 50-year-old inner-city public school," referring to Harding.
Stuart Buck and Megan McArdle: Media map gives wrong directions on incomes  —  WASHINGTON - It often gets dicey for readers when journalists, who are rarely math majors, play with numbers and then publish misleading or mistaken conclusions.  It happened Labor Day when the Detroit Free Press published …
Discussion: The Corner
Paul Majendie / Reuters:
Blair attacks Europe's "mad anti-Americans"  —  LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a withering attack on Thursday on what he called "mad anti-Americanism" among European politicians.  —  Blair, U.S. President George W. Bush's closest ally in the so-called war on terror …
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Libertarians, Conservatives and Warrantless Eavesdropping
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eliot Kleinberg / Palm Beach Post:
Anthrax victim's widow says government may know who killed husband
U.S. passes up chance to strike Taliban
The Hill:
So we're divided — is that George Bush's fault?
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Interior Official Assails Agency for Ethics Slide
Angus McDowall / Independent:
Cartoons mocking Holocaust prove a flop with Iranians
Discussion: Harry's Place and
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Despite Pledges, Congress Clings to Pet Projects
Discussion: Demagogue and take19
Associated Press:
World has tapped just 18 percent of global oil supplies, Saudi executive says
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
GOP foe Fine says Ellison's unfit
Associated Press:
Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Gay Groups Renew Drive Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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ABC's 'Path' Not Taken