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11:55 PM ET, September 22, 2006

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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush 'Taken Aback' by Musharraf Comment  —  President Bush said today he was surprised by reports that a former top State Department official threatened heavy U.S. bombing of Pakistan if it did not cooperate with the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks …
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CNN:
Bush 'taken aback' about alleged threat to Pakistan … WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Friday said he was "taken aback" by a report that a U.S. official threatened the United States would attack Pakistan if it did not help immediately after 9/11.  —  Bush made the remarks …
Margaret Talev / Mercury News:
Bush, senators reach agreement on detainee interrogation legislation  —  WASHINGTON - The White House and dissident Republican senators reached an agreement Thursday that would allow the CIA's controversial terrorist interrogation program to continue and trials of suspected Islamic terrorists …
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Haaretz:
Nasrallah: No army in the world can disarm Hezbollah  —  By Haaretz Service and News Agencies  —  In his first public appearance since the start of his group's war with Israel, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that "no army in the world" would be able to disarm his group …
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Hussein Dakroub / Associated Press:
Nasrallah says Hezbollah won't disarm
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Yara Bayoumy / Reuters:
Nasrallah says no army can disarm Hizbollah
Discussion: Power Line and A Blog For All
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Probe Finds Jackson Urged Favoritism in HUD Contracts  —  An inspector general's report charges that top U.S. housing official Alphonso Jackson urged staff members to favor friends of President Bush when awarding Department of Housing and Urban Development contracts.
Discussion: Air America Radio
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
War price on U.S. lives equal to 9/11  —  WASHINGTON - Now the death toll is 9/11 times two.  U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now match those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America's history, the trigger for what came next.  Add casualties from chasing terrorists elsewhere …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Top Republican Aids Lieberman Fundraiser  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Republican who chairs I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's legal defense fund co-hosted a fundraiser Wednesday for Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is running for re-election as an independent after losing the Democratic primary.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
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Lindsay Beyerstein / Firedoglake:
Lieberman's Fundraiser Ran the Abu Ghraib of Rehab
Discussion: Majikthise and Jesus' General
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN INEPT.  Bloggers are in an understandable uproar over a Roll Call article in which a hodgepodge of nameless Democratic aides reveal that the leadership is readying to party like it's 2002 and refocus the election on economic issues.  I'm a bit skeptical.
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Media Matters for America:
Bill O'Reilly's enemies list, available in hardback for $26  —  "My goal," Bill O'Reilly writes in the introduction to his latest book, Culture Warrior, which is published by Random House's Broadway Books imprint and will go on sale September 25, "is to expose and defeat people who have the power to do you great harm.
Discussion: News Hounds
USA Today:
Navy retires F-14, the coolest of cold warriors  —  VIRGINIA BEACH — Today the Navy holsters the F-14 Tomcat, the top gun in its Cold War arsenal and one of the most recognizable warplanes in history.  —  Maintenance costs for the F-14 have soared, and its replacement, the F/A-18 Super Hornet …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Clinton In Red-Faced Rage Over Suggestion He Spared Bin Ladin  —  Wow.  —  The man simply lies.  It is a breathtakingly stupid and mendacious claim that rightwingers, as he calls us, actually opposed his weak single effort to get bin Ladin.  Throughout the late nineties …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Hot Air
Media Matters for America:
AZ Republic, FactCheck.org lobbed misleading claims in attempt to debunk Vote Vets ad criticizing Allen … In recent days, both The Arizona Republic editorial page and the website FactCheck.org have attacked as "deceitful" and "just plain wrong" a television advertisement …
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Innovator Devises Way Around Electoral College  —  In his early 20's, John R. Koza and fellow graduate students invented a brutally complicated board game based on the Electoral College that became a brief cult hit and recently fetched $100 for an antique version on eBay.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
President Clinton blasts Chris Wallace  —  I got us a rough transcript of Bill Clinton smacking down Chris Wallace as he tried to sandbag him over Bin Ladin that I reported on earlier today along with Duncan: Drudge is linking to a Youtube teaser video that looks to me purposefully out of sync …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Brendan Nyhan:
USA Today hypes gas price-approval link  —  A USA Today article yesterday made some exaggerated claims about the effect of gasoline prices on President Bush's approval ratings: … The problem, however, is that Henwood's analysis is not correct, nor is he a statistician as Page's lede implies …
Associated Press:
Norwegian police foil plot to behead Israeli ambassador  —  Four men suspected in connection with an attack on an Oslo synagogue are also accused of plotting to blow up the U.S. and Israeli embassies and decapitating the Israeli ambassador to Norway, media reports said Friday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Agence France Presse:
Pakistanis protest, cleric says Pope should be crucified  —  ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Hundreds of Pakistani Islamists held street protests to condemn Pope Benedict XVI for remarks they regard as anti-Islamic, with one leader saying the pontiff should be crucified.  —  Demonstrators Friday poured …
TigerHawk:
Ahmadinejad and the Council on Foreign Relations  —  Wednesday night Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met in a private session with the Council on Foreign Relations, much to the outrage of Rick Santorum — who sent them a letter — and other conservatives.
Discussion: Dinocrat and Associated Press
Daily Mail:
Streisand shows what not to wear  —  You would think that by the age of 64, most women would be self-conscious enough to ensure their choice of evening wear does not expose parts of the body which have...well dropped below standards.  —  But no one seems to have shared this with legendary …
Discussion: Gawker and Tammy Bruce
Marc Santora / New York Times:
A Scholar Is Alive, Actually, and Hungry for Debate  —  At a news conference after his spirited address to the United Nations on Wednesday, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela expressed one regret: not having met that icon of the American left, the linguist Noam Chomsky, before his death.
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
TORTURE ROUNDUP....Some good points from around the blogosphere …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and SteveAudio
Little Green Footballs:
Palestinians: The Pope is a Jew
Discussion: Hyscience
Oliver Willis:
The Democrats Should Probably Lose In November
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Michelle Malkin:
Indonesian Christians executed; girls to be stoned in Iran
Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
New terror that stalks Iraq's republic of fear
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huffingtonpost.com:
Critical Massing: The Press Critic's Press Critic On Iraq …
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Courtney chides Simmons over sub base politics
Kos / Daily Kos:
Idiot press  —  I just got a call from an MSNBC booker.
Jim Gransbery / Billings Gazette:
Schweitzer, Tester say Burns fails to deliver for Montana
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Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
Palestinian PM won't recognize Israel
 

 
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