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6:40 AM ET, September 21, 2006


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Drudge Report:
PRESIDENT CHAVEZ DELIVERS REMARKS AT THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY  —  "Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you.  First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it.  Noam Chomsky, one of the most …
Bush would send troops inside Pakistan to catch bin Laden  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — President Bush said Wednesday he would order U.S. forces to go after Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan if he received good intelligence on the fugitive al Qaeda leader's location.  —  "Absolutely," Bush said.
Bush says would go after bin Laden in Pakistan
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Iran's Leader Relishes 2nd Chance to Make Waves
Discussion: Hullabaloo and AMERICAN FUTURE
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Governors in G.O.P. Slots, a Liberal Turn
Discussion: Hit and Run and Liberal Values
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell: ABC independently confirms success of CIA "torture" tactics  —  Ace e-mailed me the instant this finished airing on O'Reilly with the subject header "must record".  He was right, as you'll see.  —  Anti-"torture" absolutists like Sullivan adamantly deny that harsh tactics produce reliable information.
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg /
Jihad enablers  —  Before you can discuss the manifest seriousness of the latest controversy involving the pope, you have to acknowledge its hilarity.  Pope Benedict XVI, in an austere philosophical address, invoked Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, the 14th century ruler who offered a harsh assessment of Islam.
George Weigel / Los Angeles Times:
The Pope Was Right  —  In his controversial speech last week …
Discussion: New York Times and Hyscience
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann and Jane Hamsher Discuss Politics and Blogs  —  Keith had Jane from Firedoglake on tonight to talk about the meeting last week with Bill Clinton and progressive bloggers, as well as Hillary's possible 2008 run.  —  Video -WMV Video - QT  —  It is good to see Bill Clinton …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and MyDD
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
House passes bill to make voters show ID  —  WASHINGTON - The House voted Wednesday to require Americans to show proof of citizenship in order to vote, and the Senate moved to build a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border as Republicans sharpened attacks on illegal immigration before the midterm elections.
USA Today:
Task force rejects push to fence border
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ParaPundit
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Ideals and Realities Clash In Bush 'Freedom Agenda'  —  At the United Nations lectern this week, President Bush hailed the spread of democracy.  "From Beirut to Baghdad," he said, "people are making the choice for freedom."  Yet even as he spoke, tanks were rolling through the streets …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Independence Days  —  American politics reached a critical turn last week.  The revolt of several Republican senators against President Bush's insistence on a free hand in treating terrorist detainees signaled the emergence of an independent force in elections and government.
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Rangel Vows Bipartisanship, Action on Trade as House Panel Head  —  Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) — Democratic Representative Charles Rangel vowed to reach out to Republicans if his party wins control of the House in November, while acknowledging that they may find his plans for changing tax policy unpalatable.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Allen's Mother Revealed Jewish Heritage to Him Last Month  —  Henrietta "Etty" Allen said Wednesday that she concealed her upbringing as a Jew in North Africa from her children, including Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), until a conversation across the dining room table in late August.
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
This man's sign says it all.  —  Tens of thousands of freedom loving people showed up from all over the country.  —  It was gorgeous.  They came in droves to protest holocaust denier, nuked up Ahmadinejad's outrageous appearance at the UN.  —  Here in this video I ask the Headmaster …
More on that USA Today/Gallup Poll  —  Our update to the Slate Election Scorecard yesterday tries to put the results for the generic congressional vote from the USA Today/Gallup survey into some perspective.  It also reintroduces the controversy over likely voter models in general …
Gateway Pundit:
Muslims & Christians In Iraq Join to Renounce Violence!  —  We will know the world is winning the War on Terror when:  — Muslim Imams do not preach violence  — Muslim textbooks do not teach violence  — Muslim entertainment does not glorify violence
New York Observer:
Times Draws Ragged Line Between Fact and Opinion  —  The New York Times has a rule about presenting opinions in its news columns: Henceforth, they must all conform to the left.  —  this morning, if you're reading a brand-new copy of The Observer—The Times has instituted a sweeping but subtle redesign …
Discussion: The Shape of Days, Gawker and Romenesko
Brendan Nyhan / Political Bite:
Everybody Has One: Bloggers and the Death of Opinion Journalism  —  Not that long ago, many people thought the Internet would break down partisan boundaries and improve the quality of political debate in this country — a prediction that sounds as silly today as previous hype about the educational potential of television and radio.
Associated Press:
Vietnam double-agent Pham Xuan An dies  —  HANOI, Vietnam - Pham Xuan An, who led a remarkable and perilous double life as a communist spy and a respected reporter for Western news organizations during the Vietnam War, died Wednesday at age 79.  —  An, who suffered from emphysema …
Discussion: and Say Anything
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Klobuchar aide loses job for viewing leaked Kennedy ad  —  Communications director was asked to resign after watching an unreleased Kennedy ad on the Web.  —  A high-level staffer on Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate campaign has lost her job and the DFLer's race against Republican Mark Kennedy …
Discussion: TBogg
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Larry Lipman / Palm Beach Post:
Harris to stump with president afterall
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
TDS responds to the Vampire Demon: Robert Novak
Guy Dinmore / Financial Times:
CIA 'refused to operate' secret jails
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and The Corner
Ronald Kessler /
Karl Rove Promises October Surprise
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kelley Shannon / Associated Press:
Texas Candidate Accused of Racist Crack
Bill O'Reilly Calls Himself 'T-Warrior'
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
U.S. Policy on Iran Evolves Toward Diplomacy
 Earlier Items: 
Jerry Mitchell / Clarion-Ledger:
Informant's brother disputes drug allegations against death row inmate
Associated Press:
A Nuclear Dawn in the Gulf?
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
The Stubbornly Hopeful President
Curt / Flopping Aces:
The Moonbat Arizona 9/11 Memorial
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Panel Leans Toward Phased Iraq Withdrawal or International Talks
Brenda Goodman / New York Times:
State Judge Voids Georgia Law Requiring a Photo ID of Voters
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Washington Blade Parts Ways With Jeff Gannon
Discussion: AMERICAblog and All Spin Zone