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7:35 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.
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Jonathan Allen / The Hill:
Dems to spotlight Iraq  —  Congressional Democrats plan to hold Iraq war hearings on Capitol Hill and around the country, turning an election spotlight on an issue much as the GOP did with immigration during the summer recess.  —  The Democrats' will highlight the fact that they intend …
Margaret Talev / Mercury News:
Bush, senators reach agreement on detainee interrogation legislation  —  WASHINGTON - The White House and dissident Republican senators reached an agreement Thursday that would allow the CIA's controversial terrorist interrogation program to continue and trials of suspected Islamic terrorists …
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Adam Zagorin / Time:
Coming Together on Torture  —  Bush and the renegade GOP senators finally agree on a bill to define how terror suspects should be treated.  And everyone is claiming victory  —  The just-announced deal between the White House and three Republican senators over rules to govern military tribunals …
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.
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
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Yara Bayoumy / Reuters:
Nasrallah says no army can disarm Hizbollah
Discussion: Power Line and A Blog For All
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Bush 'Taken Aback' by Musharraf Comment  —  President Bush said today he was surprised by reports that a former top State Department official threatened heavy U.S. bombing of Pakistan if it did not cooperate with the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks …
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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Top Republican Aids Lieberman Fundraiser  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Republican who chairs I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's legal defense fund co-hosted a fundraiser Wednesday for Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is running for re-election as an independent after losing the Democratic primary.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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Lindsay Beyerstein / Firedoglake:
Lieberman's Fundraiser Ran the Abu Ghraib of Rehab
Discussion: Majikthise and Jesus' General
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 …
Brendan Nyhan:
USA Today hypes gas price-approval link  —  A USA Today article yesterday made some exaggerated claims about the effect of gasoline prices on President Bush's approval ratings: … The problem, however, is that Henwood's analysis is not correct, nor is he a statistician as Page's lede implies …
Opinion Journal:
U.N. Charades  —  After the Shiite bomb, a nuke for Sunni Egypt?  —  Hugo Chávez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put on quite a show at the United Nations this week, and it's tempting to dismiss it all as mere bombast.  Except that their assertiveness can't be separated from the more important U.N. story …
Robert F. Kennedy Jr / Rolling Stone:
Will The Next Election Be Hacked?  —  Fresh disasters at the polls — and new evidence from an industry insider — prove that electronic voting machines can't be trusted  —  >>Post your thoughts about the threats to fair voting, in the National Affairs blog.  Plus, read Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?"
Media Matters for America:
Bill O'Reilly's enemies list, available in hardback for $26  —  "My goal," Bill O'Reilly writes in the introduction to his latest book, Culture Warrior, which is published by Random House's Broadway Books imprint and will go on sale September 25, "is to expose and defeat people who have the power to do you great harm.
Discussion: News Hounds
Agence France Presse:
Pakistanis protest, cleric says Pope should be crucified  —  ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Hundreds of Pakistani Islamists held street protests to condemn Pope Benedict XVI for remarks they regard as anti-Islamic, with one leader saying the pontiff should be crucified.  —  Demonstrators Friday poured …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Ed Lasky / The American Thinker:
The Democratic Party and Jews  —  The Democratic Party has been a congenial political home for many American Jews since the era of FDR.  The party welcomed them into its ranks (along with many blacks and urban dwellers) and its programs comported well with many values Jews cherish.
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."
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
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
War price on U.S. lives equal to 9/11  —  WASHINGTON - Now the death toll is 9/11 times two.  U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now match those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America's history, the trigger for what came next.  Add casualties from chasing terrorists elsewhere …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
 
 
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George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Speaking Back to Islamists
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Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
New terror that stalks Iraq's republic of fear
huffingtonpost.com:
Critical Massing: The Press Critic's Press Critic On Iraq …
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Schweitzer, Tester say Burns fails to deliver for Montana
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Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Confronted by the Islamist threat on all sides, Europe pathetically caves in
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