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4:00 PM ET, September 22, 2006

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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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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The Anchoress:
Chavez clearly listened to Dems and Air America  —  So, Hugo Chavez is is still at it. … Hmmmmm....sounds awfully familiar, that tripe.  Bush is "an alcoholic?"  That sounds like Martin Sheen (a "good Catholic" with enough 12-step exposure to know better than to take another man's inventory) …
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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.
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
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Hussein Dakroub / Associated Press:
Nasrallah says Hezbollah won't disarm  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah told supporters Friday that his guerrillas will not surrender their weapons until a stronger Lebanese government is in place — including 20,000 rockets his group claims to still have after its 34-day war with Israel.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Tolerance: A Two-Way Street  —  WASHINGTON — 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 …
Iain Dale / Iain Dale's Diary:
New Political Internet TV Station To Be Launched  —  18 DOUGHTY STREET TALK TV - POLITICS FOR ADULTS - GROUNDBREAKING NEW CURRENT AFFAIRS TV CHANNEL TO BE LAUNCHED ON THE INTERNET  —  10th October will see the launch of Britain's first political Internet TV Channel.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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USA Today:
Navy retires F-14, the coolest of cold warriors
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Ed Lasky / The American Thinker:
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Courtney chides Simmons over sub base politics
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
Opinion Journal:
U.N. Charades  —  After the Shiite bomb, a nuke for Sunni Egypt?
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr / Rolling Stone:
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New York Times:
Strained, Army Looks to Guard for More Relief
Dave Lindorff / The Nation:
War Signals  —  As reports circulate of a sharp debate within …
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Bangladeshi Muslim editor faces death penalty for moderate views