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2:20 PM 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 …
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
GOP Rep.: "I Wish it was My Party" Investigating Iraq Policy  —  Today Arianna Huffington, citing an article in Roll Call, reports that once again the Democrats are blinking first on national security, with some Democrats — only Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is named — preferring to run on the economy.
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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
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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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.  Here's the bill as introduced.
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Adam Zagorin / Time:
Coming Together on Torture
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Claim 9/11 Terrorists Were Identified Is Rejected  —  The Defense Department's inspector general on Thursday dismissed claims by military officers and others who had insisted that a secret Pentagon program identified Mohamed Atta and other terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks before the attacks occurred.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
U.S. Newswire:
Tony Snow Joins FRC Action Values Voter Summit  —  Contact: JP Duffy or Bethanie Swendsen, 866-372-6397, both of the Family Research Council  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ — Today, FRC Action announced that White House Press Secretary Tony Snow will join the line-up of speakers …
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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