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3:35 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.
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.
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?  —  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
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Bomb ignites tanker in Iraq, killing 35  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A bomb blew up a kerosene tanker and killed at least 35 people Saturday in a Shiite slum in Baghdad, while authorities announced the capture of a leader of the group believed to be behind the 2004 attack on a U.S. military mess hall.
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?
Reuters:
French paper says bin Laden died in Pakistan
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Typhoid Osama? Well, Maybe
Reuters:
France to probe bin Laden death report leak
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: The Moderate Voice and KnoxViews
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Mark Memmott / On Deadline:
Read it yourself: Clinton-Wallace fireworks on Fox
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Judd / Think Progress:
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Clinton Takes On Fox News
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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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'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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Radley Balko / The Agitator:
A Small But Lovely Victory  —  Cory Maye will not sleep on death row tonight.  Nor, for that matter, any night for the foreseeable future.  —  At the conclusion of the hearing today, Judge Michael Eubanks ruled on two of the defense team's battery of arguments.
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Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:   Sure Beats Getting Dan Rather Fired, Huh
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
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.
Darrin McMahon / The New Republic:
FORGETTING AMERICAN HISTORY:  —  In his post several days ago, Casey Blake alludes to a disturbing trend in European intellectual circles—the tendency to "read back from the present moment to a sweeping condemnation of American history as a whole."  European attitudes toward America …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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