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5:35 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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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
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Judd / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Agency Report Shows Secretary Personally Blocked Contracts To Democrats  —  In April, Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson told a group of real estate officials that he once canceled a government contract because the contractor was critical of President Bush.
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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Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
New terror that stalks Iraq's republic of fear  —  The republic of fear is born again.  The state of terror now gripping Iraq is as bad as it was under Saddam Hussein.  Torture in the country may even be worse than it was during his rule, the United Nation's special investigator on torture said yesterday.
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Guardian:   Civilian deaths soar to record high in Iraq
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 …
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: Hyscience, normblog and Harry's Place
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 …
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
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
USA Today:
Navy retires F-14, the coolest of cold warriors  —  VIRGINIA BEACH — Today the Navy holsters the F-14 Tomcat, the top gun in its Cold War arsenal and one of the most recognizable warplanes in history.  —  Maintenance costs for the F-14 have soared, and its replacement, the F/A-18 Super Hornet …
Discussion: WILLisms.com
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Indonesian Christians executed; girls to be stoned in Iran  —  Still traveling and catching up on news/mail.  The three Christians in Indonesia I blogged about last week were executed yesterday by firing squad.  Indonesian blogger Stan liveblogged the day's events.  BBC coverage here.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
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
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Innovator Devises Way Around Electoral College  —  In his early 20's, John R. Koza and fellow graduate students invented a brutally complicated board game based on the Electoral College that became a brief cult hit and recently fetched $100 for an antique version on eBay.
 
 
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George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Speaking Back to Islamists
Discussion: Democracy Project and Dinocrat
Agence France Presse:
Pakistanis protest, cleric says Pope should be crucified
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
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Jawdropper of the Hour
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Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
Palestinian PM won't recognize Israel
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Leads New Offensive Featuring Economy and Linking Democrats to High Taxes
Iain Dale / Iain Dale's Diary:
New Political Internet TV Station To Be Launched
Agence France Presse:
US threatened to bomb Pakistan 'back to stone age' after 9/11: Musharraf
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 …
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

 
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