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1:40 PM ET, September 23, 2006

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Associated Press:
France Looks Into bin Laden Death Report  —  PARIS (AP) - The French defense ministry on Saturday called for an internal investigation of the leak of an intelligence document that raises the possibility that Osama bin Laden may have died of typhoid in Pakistan a month ago but said the report of the death remained unverified.
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Reuters:
U.S. can't confirm bin Laden death report: official  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is unable to confirm a French newspaper report that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to have died last month in Pakistan, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Saturday.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Big News: bin Laden dead; Bigger News: Ansar al Sunnah Head Captured!  —  Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta today!  First, bin Laden is reportedly dead.  Or dying.  Or whatever.  In any event, I don't believe it.  But it's the kind of rumor I dig.  Thanks to everyone that e-mailed it to me.
Scott Macleod / Time:
Is Bin Laden Dead?  —  Saudi sources tell TIME that credible reports suggest the fugitive Qaeda leader has contracted a serious 'water-borne illness,' and may have already died  —  Fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, believed to be on the run in rugged terrain in the Afghan-Pakistani …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIM: Saudi Police, Via AP France— OSAMA BIN LADIN DEAD  — Ace  —  UPDATE... Beginning to throw caution to the wind now.  Think this might be legit.  —  I'm linking to the Free Republic link, as their link is in the original French.
Judd / Think Progress:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Clinton Takes On Fox News  —  Today, President Bill Clinton taped an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, which is scheduled to be aired Sunday.  He was told the interview would focus on his nonpartisan efforts to raise over $7 billion to combat the world's biggest problems.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
President Clinton blasts Chris Wallace  —  I got us a rough transcript of Bill Clinton smacking down Chris Wallace as he tried to sandbag him over Bin Ladin that I reported on earlier today along with Duncan: Drudge is linking to a Youtube teaser video that looks to me purposefully out of sync …
CNN:
Rumors swirl over bin Laden's fate … PARIS, France (CNN) — Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has a water-borne illness, a Saudi intelligence source told CNN on Saturday, a report that conflicts with an article in a French newspaper saying that the man who has been hunted by the United States for the past five years is dead.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall:
AP France Unconfirmed Report: Osama bin Laden Dead?
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Claude Salhani / UPI:
Analysis: Is bin Laden truly dead?
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Pajamas Media
Reuters:
French paper says bin Laden died in Pakistan
Discussion: QandO, Blue Crab Boulevard and PSoTD
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Bomb ignites tanker in Iraq, killing 35
Discussion: Defense Tech and All Spin Zone
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
Read it yourself: Clinton-Wallace fireworks on Fox
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Typhoid Osama? Well, Maybe
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
Osama Bin Laden Dead?
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Detainee Deal Comes With Contradictions  —  The compromise reached on Thursday between Congressional Republicans and the White House on the interrogations and trials of terrorism suspects is, legal experts said yesterday, a series of interlocking paradoxes.  —  It would impose new legal standards that it forbids the courts to enforce.
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Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Sure Beats Getting Dan Rather Fired, Huh  —  I stole the title of this entry from Gene Healy, in conversation this evening.  It looks very likely that Radley Balko has saved Cory Maye's life.  I put it that way on purpose.  In fact, it has taken dogged, pro bono legal work by Covington and Burling …
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Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Former Washington Post senior political reporter, Thomas Edsall, with an extremely candid look at mainstream media  —  The Hugh Hewitt Show  —  HH: Welcome to the program now Thomas Edsall, whose new book, Building Red America, has turned a lot of heads.  He's got an article in the New Republic this week.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Sister Toldjah
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Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Abbas says unity effort 'back to zero'  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Efforts to form a Palestinian government acceptable to the West have gone "back to zero," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, a day after Hamas said a coalition government that recognizes Israel is unacceptable.
Jennifer Skalka / Baltimore Sun:
Democrats accuse Steele of 'political identity theft'  —  No, Maryland voters, the printer did not make an error.  Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's new campaign signs seem to identify him as a Democrat.  —  A "Steele Democrat," they read.  —  The bright blue placards and bumper stickers …
Howard Dean / Wall Street Journal:
'Democrats Offer a New Direction'  —  We need a Democratic Congress to fight the war on terror — and to end the war on America's families.  Republican policies of the last five years have damaged our economy and failed Americans.  Democrats believe strengthening the middle class is essential …
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Afghan Girls, Back in the Shadows  —  Home Classes Proliferate as Anti-Government Insurgents Step Up Attacks on Schools  —  SHEIKHABAD, Afghanistan — In a small, sunlit parlor last week, 20 little girls seated on rush mats sketched a flower drawn on the blackboard.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Unleashing The Beast  —  I have written often about how the Republicans are becoming what they railed against for decades: totalitarians.  Unsurprisingly I suppose, it turns out that what they really hated about Soviet communism was the economics.  The 50 years of ranting about personal liberty …
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
 
 
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