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3:05 AM ET, September 22, 2006


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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Senators Snatch Defeat From Jaws of Victory: U.S. to be First Nation to Authorize Violations of Geneva  —  I hope that that headline is a gross exaggeration, but based on a few quick seconds purusing the "compromise," I'm afraid it's not.  [The Administration appears to agree.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Punked  —  The "compromise" will, as I predicted, allow the "tough interrogations" by amending the war crimes act.  And they will reportedly create a new JAG office to review classified information and determine if terrorist suspects can see it if it's being used against them in a trial.
Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
Bush, GOP Rebels Agree on Detainee Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and rebellious Senate Republicans announced agreement Thursday on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror.  President Bush urged Congress to put it into law before adjourning for the midterm elections.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Agreement Is Reached on Detainee Bill  —  Three Republican senators said this afternoon that they had reached an agreement with the Bush administration on legislation to clarify which interrogation techniques can be used against terror suspects and to establish trial procedures for those in military custody.
Top MSNBC Headlines:
• Bush, GOP rebels reach tribunal deal  —  President urges Congress to pass bill on interrogating terror suspects  —  WASHINGTON - The White House and rebellious Senate Republicans announced agreement Thursday on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Republicans Reach Deal on Detainee Bill  —  The Bush administration and Congressional Republicans reached agreement Thursday on legislation governing the treatment and interrogation of terrorism suspects after weeks of debate that divided Republicans heading into the midterm elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
A Bad Bargain  —  Here is a way to measure how seriously President Bush was willing to compromise on the military tribunals bill: Less than an hour after an agreement was announced yesterday with three leading Republican senators, the White House was already laying a path to wiggle out of its one real concession.
Discussion: Political Animal
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
CIA Praises Deal; Harsh Techniques Would Continue
Discussion: Riehl World View
Joel Havemann / Los Angeles Times:
Bush, Senate GOP Reach Deal on Detainee Measure
Democrats warn Chavez: Don't bash Bush  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two of President Bush's staunchest domestic critics leapt to his defense Thursday, a day after one of his fiercest foreign foes called him "the devil" in a scorching speech before the United Nations.
Leading Bush critic at home calls Chavez a "thug"  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of President George W. Bush's fiercest political opponents at home took his side on Thursday, calling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a "thug" for his remark that Bush is like the devil.
Darwin Danielson /
Harkin defends Venezuelan President's U-N speech against Bush  —  Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, today defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's United Nations speech in which Chavez called President George Bush the devil.  Harkin said the comments were "incendiary", then went on to say …
Emile Milne /
CONG.  RANGEL CONDEMNS CHAVEZ'S ATTACK ON BUSH  —  WASHINGTON - I want to express my extreme displeasure with statements by the President of Venezuela attacking U.S. President George Bush in such a personal and disparaging way during his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.
Iraq torture 'worse after Saddam'  —  Torture may be worse now in Iraq than under former leader Saddam Hussein, the UN's chief anti-torture expert says.  —  Manfred Nowak said the situation in Iraq was "out of control", with abuses being committed by security forces, militia groups and anti-US insurgents.
Eliane Engeler / Associated Press:
U.N. expert: Iraq torture may be worse
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Opinion Journal:
The Pope's Divisions  —  Benedict XVI promotes "interfaith" dialogue.  Muslims and Christians need it.  —  Although many Muslims have apparently found Pope Benedict XVI's recent oration at the University of Regensburg deeply offensive, it is a welcome change from the pabulum that passes for "interfaith" dialogue.
Asif Shahzad / Associated Press:
Pakistani clerics demand pope's removal
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Declan Butler / Nature:
Lawyers call for science to clear AIDS nurses in Libya  —  Lawyers defending six medical workers who risk execution by firing squad in Libya have called for the international scientific community to support a bid to prove the medics' innocence.  The six are charged with deliberately infecting …
Washington Post:
Why We Need a National School Test  —  We need to find better and more efficient ways to produce an educated population and close the achievement gaps in our education system.  Americans do ultimately get themselves educated — at work, after school, online, in adulthood — but a lot of time and money are wasted in the process.
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
U.S. threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/1: Musharraf  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that after the September 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his country if it did not cooperate with America's campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Top MSNBC Headlines:
• Fitzgerald given way out of Libby leak case  —  Judge says he can dismiss case if classified secrets will be revealed  —  WASHINGTON - The judge in the CIA leak case ruled Thursday that if Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald feels that admitting certain classified documents …
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Tparty / LamontBlog:
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Discussion: Sirotablog and Daily Kos
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Army Ends Best Recruit Year Since 1997
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Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
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Opinion Journal:
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Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
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