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11:55 AM ET, September 22, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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.
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: Obsidian Wings
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.
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Coming Together on Torture
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
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 …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Columbia Disinvites Ahmadinejad
Discussion: ShrinkWrapped and Hyscience
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.
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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Bush on Democrats: 'They will raise your taxes'
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 …
Discussion: Redstate and The American Thinker
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
WAL-MART: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY....Ezra Klein comments on Wal-Mart's plan to start selling a wide array of generic prescription drugs for as little as $4 for a 30-day supply: … This is actually worth unpacking a bit, because no one ought to be surprised by Ezra's reaction.
Discussion: TAPPED, Ezra Klein and Angry Bear
Guardian:
Civilian deaths soar to record high in Iraq  —  Peter Beaumont in Baghdad and agencies  —  Nearly 7,000 civilians were killed in Iraq in the past two months, according to a UN report just released - a record high that is far greater than initial estimates had suggested.
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
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.
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 …
Craig Crawford / New York Times:
Bush and His Public in a Disinformation Age  —  The most original and thought-provoking insights in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina," Frank Rich's meticulously researched chronicle of the Bush administration's exploits, come in his searing analysis …
Discussion: The American Thinker
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.
Jon Henke / The Allen Blog:
Webb's Dirty Tricksters: push-blogging  —  This is George Allen telling the deeply moving story of the recent conversation with his mother about the Jewish heritage she'd been afraid to reveal.  —  This is Jim Webb on Hardball, denying that his campaign has pushed the story …
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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Reuters:
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 22
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