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2:55 PM ET, September 22, 2006

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Washington Post:
The Abuse Can Continue  —  THE GOOD NEWS about the agreement reached yesterday between the Bush administration and Republican senators on the detention, interrogation and trial of accused terrorists is that Congress will not — as President Bush had demanded — pass legislation …
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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.
Ynetnews:
Israel: Foreign reporters' vehicles may be used terrorists  —  Government Press Office director warns Shin Bet that armored vehicles used by foreign news agencies may serve hostile groups to carry out attacks against Israel  —  Armored vehicles that were given to foreign news agencies operating …
Discussion: Drinking From Home
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Confederate Yankee:
Israel: News Agencies May Be Enabling Terrorism
Discussion: Hot Air and Snapped Shot
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Adam Zagorin / Time:
Coming Together on Torture
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Citgo No Go?  —  Up until yesterday, I was unaware that Citgo is wholly owned by Venezuela's state-owned PDVSA.  After Hugo Chavez' lunatic rantings about Bush being Satan and smelling sulphur at the UN podium at Turtle Bay this week, some CQ readers might find that fact ... interesting.
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Mark Tapscott / Tapscott's Copy Desk:   Boycott Chavez' Citgo
Judd / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Agency Report Shows Secretary Personally Blocked Contracts To Democrats  —  In April, Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson told a group of real estate officials that he once canceled a government contract because the contractor was critical of President Bush.
Josh White / Washington Post:
Hijackers Were Not Identified Before 9/11, Investigation Says  —  The Defense Department's inspector general has concluded that a top secret intelligence-gathering program did not identify Mohamed Atta or any other hijacker before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, determining that there is no evidence …
Tim Reid / Times of London:
Will Democrats squander best chance for a decade?  —  The war in Iraq remains their greatest dilemma and President Bush is regaining lost ground  —  AFTER months of near-euphoria among Democrats and a growing certainty among pollsters that the party will win control of the House of Representatives …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Hyscience
Eliana Johnson / New York Sun:
Columbia Withdraws an Invitation to Ahmadinejad  —  Overruling a prominent dean, the president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger, yesterday withdrew an invitation to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  —  The dean of Columbia's school of international and public affairs …
Miami Herald:
Tainted cash puts Harris in new jam  —  Katherine Harris received $6,000 from the political action committee of U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, who has agreed to plead guilty to bribery charges.  —  mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com  —  U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris received a campaign contribution …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Caucus
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 …
New York Times:
Strained, Army Looks to Guard for More Relief  —  Strains on the Army from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have become so severe that Army officials say they may be forced to make greater use of the National Guard to provide enough troops for overseas deployments.
Yara Bayoumy / Reuters:
Nasrallah says no army can disarm Hizbollah  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday rejected international calls to disarm his Lebanese guerrillas and told a huge "victory" rally they still had more than 20,000 rockets after a month of war with Israel.
Discussion: Power Line and A Blog For All
Jim Gransbery / Billings Gazette:
Schweitzer, Tester say Burns fails to deliver for Montana  —  Gov. Brian Schweitzer and state Sen. Jon Tester teamed up to challenge Sen. Conrad Burns and his record of "delivering for Montana" at a press conference Thursday on the Rimrocks.  —  The Democratic pair offered a new slogan for Republican Burns …
Discussion: Sirotablog
Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
Palestinian PM won't recognize Israel  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Friday he will not head a government that recognizes Israel, striking a potential blow to President Mahmoud Abbas' attempts to create a national unity government.
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: Firedoglake and Jesus' General
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
Michael Yon:
German Woman to rescue American Navy SEAL  —  About six weeks ago, Matt from Blackfive.net called about a Navy SEAL named Justin who had been diagnosed with leukemia.  Justin's life likely could be saved with a bone marrow transplant, and with a giant database of willing donors, Justin's chances might have looked promising.
WCTX-TV:
Courtney chides Simmons over sub base politics  —  _ Sub base politics is hitting some very rough waters in Eastern Connecticut.  Democratic challenger Joe Courtney is calling Republican Rep. Rob Simmons a hypocrite for saying he did nothing to help save the base after praising him in a personal phone call.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Leads New Offensive Featuring Economy and Linking Democrats to High Taxes  —  President Bush began a blistering new political offensive on Thursday, asserting that if Democrats won control of Congress from Republicans it would mean higher taxes, less money in the pockets of working families and damage to the economy.
huffingtonpost.com:
Critical Massing: The Press Critic's Press Critic On Iraq, The White House, And Why The New York Times Is — Gasp!  — Doing A Good Job  —  Michael Massing has one of those careers that journalists dream about.  His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker …
Discussion: Media Blog and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN INEPT.  Bloggers are in an understandable uproar …
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Ed Lasky / The American Thinker:
The Democratic Party and Jews
Arab News:
Irresponsible Comments; Abhorrent Response
Rep. Jim Cooper / Examiner:
There is a Category 5 fiscal storm approaching nation
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Innovator Devises Way Around Electoral College
Little Green Footballs:
"Conquering Rome is the Answer"
Discussion: Hyscience
Opinion Journal:
U.N. Charades  —  After the Shiite bomb, a nuke for Sunni Egypt?
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Jawdropper of the Hour
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Across Latin America, Mandarin Is in the Air
Guardian:
Civilian deaths soar to record high in Iraq
Craig Crawford / New York Times:
Bush and His Public in a Disinformation Age
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / Rolling Stone:
Will The Next Election Be Hacked?
Iain Dale / Iain Dale's Diary:
New Political Internet TV Station To Be Launched
Discussion: The Corner and Cold Fury
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
1,100 Laptops Missing From Commerce Dept.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Confronted by the Islamist threat on all sides, Europe pathetically caves in