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3:55 PM ET, September 23, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall:
AP France Unconfirmed Report: Osama bin Laden Dead?  —  I got this from Ace, who has gone ahead and thrown up a fireworks graphic, but Drudge is still running the angry-Clinton story as his lead, so I'm gonna remain skeptical, but hopeful.  But man, if this is true, the nutroots are gonna go truly nuts.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Old War Dogs
Agence France Presse:
French newspaper says Saudis believe bin Laden dead  —  A French newspaper published what it said was a report by the country's intelligence services that said Saudi Arabia believes Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan this month.  —  France's foreign intelligence service, the DGSE …
Discussion: ¡No Pasarán!
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Bomb ignites tanker in Iraq, killing 35
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
France Looks Into Bin Laden Death Report
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Claude Salhani / UPI:
Analysis: Is bin Laden truly dead?
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and Pajamas Media
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
bin Laden Dead? Officials Scramble To Confirm Reports (UPDATED)
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Bin Laden Dead?
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
FOX News Saying "Clinton Gets Crazed"  —  Fox news is already coining the interview as "Clinton gets Crazed", and today on FOX, Chris Wallace talked about the interview.  —  Video - WMV Video - QT  —  The part of the interview they showed occurs pretty far into the interview (Transcript here) …
Discussion: KnoxViews and TalkLeft
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Think Progress:
Fox News Sunday, Interview With President Bill Clinton, 9/22/06 (Rough Transcript)
Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
Read it yourself: Clinton-Wallace fireworks on Fox
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Rick Klein / Boston Globe:
Congress in dark on terror program  —  Few briefed on CIA interrogation  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers prepare to debate the CIA's special interrogation program for terrorism suspects, fewer than 10 percent of the members of Congress have been told which interrogation techniques have been used in the past …
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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.
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Diogenes, put down that lantern.  —  Thomas Edsall spent 25 years at the Washington Post, retiring this year from his post as senior political correspondent.  He has affiliated with The New Republic and Columbia School of Journalism, and now has a new book out, Building Red America.
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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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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
Mark McDonald / Philly.com:
No ifs, butts: Smoking ban starts 'immediately'  —  Mayor Street said yesterday that the city will begin enforcing the new smoking-ban law "immediately," a development that caught a number of bar and restaurant operators by surprise.  —  "We can't pick and choose when we enforce the law," Street said.
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.
 
 
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