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10:25 AM 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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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" on Common Article 3, I'm afraid it's not.  [The Administration appears to agree.
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.
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.
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.
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Three of the Most Significant Problems with the "Compromise"  —  Here's the Agreement Upon Common Article 3.  And here's the Agreements on Classified Information, Self Incrimination and Coercion, and Hearsay, in military commission trials.  —  These are probably the most significant problems with the …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TPMCafe blogs
Anne Plummer Flaherty / Associated Press:
Bush, GOP Rebels Agree on Detainee Bill
Joel Havemann / Los Angeles Times:
Bush, Senate GOP Reach Deal on Detainee Measure
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 …
Discussion: Hyscience and War and Piece
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nationalinterest.org:
Crazy like a Fox: Business Leader Maurice R. Greenberg Describes Ahmadinejad's Performance  —  On September 20, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted a small meeting of select council members with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Several members of the Nixon Center's Board …
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and Solomonia
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Columbia Disinvites Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Hyscience
Investor's Business Daily:
Much Too Cozy With Chavez  —  Politics: It's good to see Democrats put country above politics, as many did in repudiating Hugo Chavez's lunatic attacks on our president.  But too many are still in the thug's debt and must dissociate with more than words.  —  That's important …
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Eliane Engeler / Associated Press:
U.N. expert: Iraq torture may be worse  —  GENEVA - Torture in Iraq may be worse now than it was under Saddam Hussein, with militias, terrorist groups and government forces disregarding rules on the humane treatment of prisoners, the U.N. anti-torture chief said Thursday.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Associated Press:
Allen's mother hid Jewish heritage  —  RICHMOND, Va. - Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record)'s mother hid her Jewish upbringing from her children until late last month to spare them the fear suffered by her father, who was imprisoned by the Nazis, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
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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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USA Today:
Has Citgo become a political tool for Hugo Chávez?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Tolerance: A Two-Way Street  —  Religious fanatics, regardless of what name they give their jealous god, invariably have one thing in common: no sense of humor.  Particularly about themselves.  It's hard to imagine Torquemada taking a joke well.  —  Today's Islamists seem to have not even a sense of irony.
David Espo / Associated Press:
GOP Drops Ariz. TV Ad Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans signaled retreat Thursday in their battle to retain an Arizona congressional seat, dropping plans for nonstop television advertisements through Election Day on behalf of GOP contender Randy Graf.  —  Officials in both parties …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Dave Lindorff / The Nation:
War Signals  —  As reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have issued orders for a major "strike group" of ships …
Discussion: Discourse.net and Mercury Rising
Confederate Yankee:
Israel: News Agencies May Be Enabling Terrorism  —  Remember the Reuters news vehicle that was fired upon, but not directly hit by an Israeli helicopter gunship while acting suspiciously near Israeli positions in Gaza?  —  The Israeli Government Press Office is now stating …
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Confronted by the Islamist threat on all sides, Europe pathetically caves in  —  LATE LAST YEAR, at the invitation of Nato, and in the company of a small band of globetrotting pundits, I travelled to Afghanistan to witness first-hand the allied operation to reconstruct the benighted country.
Discussion: normblog and Harry's Place
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.
 
 
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FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 22
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Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
1,100 Laptops Missing From Commerce Dept.
Agence France Presse:
US threatened to bomb Pakistan 'back to stone age' after 9/11: Musharraf
Miami Herald:
Tainted cash puts Harris in new jam
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Claim 9/11 Terrorists Were Identified Is Rejected
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Jerusalem Post:
'Egypt will pursue nuclear energy'
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Bangladeshi Muslim editor faces death penalty for moderate views
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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
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Tparty / LamontBlog:
No Accountability  —  In a hypothetical world where the Democrats …
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