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3:30 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.
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
Kos / Daily Kos:
Idiot press  —  I just got a call from an MSNBC booker.  She wanted to know if I wanted to go on the air to talk about Hugo Chavez.  Apparently, he went off on some rant at the UN.  —  I said, "Why would I?  Who cares about Hugo Chavez?"  —  The booker said, "well, it's all over talk radio and the blogs."
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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.
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Adam Zagorin / Time:
Coming Together on Torture
Discussion: TAPPED and Ezra Klein
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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
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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USA Today:
Navy retires F-14, the coolest of cold warriors
Discussion: Say Anything
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN INEPT.  Bloggers are in an understandable uproar …
Ed Lasky / The American Thinker:
The Democratic Party and Jews
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Top Republican Aids Lieberman Fundraiser
WCTX-TV:
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:
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Jawdropper of the Hour
Juan Forero / Washington Post:
Across Latin America, Mandarin Is in the Air
Guardian:
Civilian deaths soar to record high in Iraq
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / Rolling Stone:
Will The Next Election Be Hacked?
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Confronted by the Islamist threat on all sides, Europe pathetically caves in