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11:45 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 …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / 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.
CBS News:
French Want Probe Into Bin Laden Leak  —  Chirac: Osama's Death 'In No Way Whatsoever Confirmed'  —  (CBS/AP) French President Jacques Chirac said Saturday that information contained in a leaked intelligence document raising the possibility that Osama bin Laden may have died of typhoid …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Osama's dead possibly gravely ill!  Update: Alive and well, says Hamid Mir; Update: Video added  —  Naturally the news breaks on the one morning of the week that I sleep in.  —  Catching up now.  Mary K's got the best round-up.  Note in particular the report from Time that she links …
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
France Looks Into Bin Laden Death Report  —  French secret service officials have informed the French government that Saudi Arabia is trying to confirm intelligence reports that Osama bin Laden, the masterminded of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Claude Salhani / UPI:
Analysis: Is bin Laden truly dead?
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Agence France Presse:
French newspaper says Saudis believe bin Laden dead
France to probe bin Laden death report leak
U.S. can't confirm bin Laden death report: official
Discussion: and Scared Monkeys
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
bin Laden Dead? Officials Scramble To Confirm Reports (UPDATED)
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat  —  A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Violence sweeps Iraq on Ramadan  —  At least 35 people have been killed in a car bomb attack on a kerosene tanker in the mainly Shia district of Sadr City in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  —  Nine severed heads were also found in the city of Tikrit as violence swept across the country.
Discussion: The Reaction and Clarity & Resolve
Hamid Ahmed / Associated Press:   Bomb kills 37 Shiites in Baghdad
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Bomb ignites tanker in Iraq, killing 35
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
New Tucker and Menchaca Video: Bodies Desecrated by Terrorists  —  A new video released by the Mujahidin Shura Council of Iraq shows new footage of the desecration of the bodies of Thomas Tucker and Kristian Menchaca.  The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video.  Graphic Images and link to video below.
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
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Officials Wary of Electronic Voting Machines  —  A growing number of state and local officials are getting cold feet about electronic voting technology, and many are making last-minute efforts to limit or reverse the rollout of new machines in the November elections.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Liberal Values
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 23  —  Source: Reuters  —  Sept 23 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents and other developments in Iraq reported on Saturday, as of 1930 GMT.  —  Asterisk denotes new or updated item.  —  *HAWIJA - Two U.S. soldiers were killed …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Mark McDonald /
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.
Ramadan — month of prayer for Muslims, of "holy war" for extremists  —  In the first reported bloodshed of the holy month, at least 31 people were killed by a bomb in a Shiite stronghold of Iraq where calls for "jihad', or holy war, echoed earlier threats of attacks in the Gulf and on Israel.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Gary Hart / The Huffington Post:
The October Surprise  —  It should come as no surprise if the Bush Administration undertakes a preemptive war against Iran sometime before the November election.  —  Were these more normal times, this would be a stunning possibility, quickly dismissed by thoughtful people as dangerous …
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