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4:30 AM ET, September 26, 2006


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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Senator Accused of Using Racially Charged Term  —  Two acquaintances of Senator George Allen of Virginia said today that he had used racially inflammatory language in the 1970's and 1980's, compounding allegations of racial insensitivity that have dogged his re-election campaign since he referred …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
2 Ex-Acquaintances of Senator Allen Say He Used Slurs  —  Two former acquaintances of Senator George Allen said Monday that he used racist slurs in the 1970's and 1980's, a development that compounded accusations of racial insensitivity that have dogged his re-election campaign in Virginia.
Discussion: TBogg
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Allen denies ex-teammate's claim he used racial slur in college  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Sen. George Allen on Monday denounced as "ludicrously false" allegations from a former college football teammate that he frequently used a racial slur to refer to blacks in the early 1970s and that he once stuffed …
Jon Henke / The Allen Blog:
Webb's Dirty Tricksters: Salon
Washington Post:
Allen Denies Using Racial Slur in College
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Power Line
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Olbermann's Special Comment: Are YOURS the actions of a true American?  —  (video coming soon) Keith pulled no punches and launched another smack down on Bush and FOX News...  And finally tonight, a Special Comment about President Clinton's interview.  The headlines about them are, of course, entirely wrong.
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
A textbook definition of cowardice  —  Keith Olbermann comments on Bill Clinton's Fox News interview  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  The headlines about them are, of course, entirely wrong.  —  It is not essential that a past president, bullied and sandbagged by a monkey posing as a newscaster, finally lashed back.
Times of India:
'US threat was to take Pak apart brick by brick'  —  [ 26 Sep, 2006 0035hrs IST TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]  —  WASHINGTON: Pervez Musharraf may be a commando by training, but he still might not want to run into former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, a Vietnam vet (three combat tours) …
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf To Appear On "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"  —  Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf To Appear On "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"  —  General Pervez Musharraf, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, will appear as a guest on …
Agence France Presse:   Key 9/11 planner linked to London bombings: Musharraf
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Detainee Measure to Have Fewer Restrictions  —  White House Reaches Accord With Lawmakers  —  Republican lawmakers and the White House agreed over the weekend to alter new legislation on military commissions to allow the United States to detain and try a wider range of foreign nationals …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
G.O.P. Reaches Tentative Deal on Domestic Spying Legislation
Republican General: Rummy responsible for deaths, failure, Abu Ghraib, the leaning tower of Pisa...  Leadership "extraordinarily bad"; violated rules of war  —  Uber-decorated Major General John R.S. Batiste, who retired last year "on principle," delivers a bruising point by point indictment …
Michael Rule /
Harry Smith Taken Aback as CBS Analyst Blames Clinton for bin Laden Failures  —  Despite Bill Clinton's angry protestations, the bulk of the blame for America's failure to catch or kill Osama bin Laden lies squarely on the Clinton administration, at least according to terrorism analyst Michael Scheuer.
Hotline On Call:
What Bill Clinton Wanted To Accomplish
Discussion: Think Progress
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Why Clinton "Lost His Temper"  —  The former president knew what he was doing.  —  LET'S DO A THOUGHT experiment: Perhaps Bill Clinton, an experienced and sophisticated politician, knew what he was doing when he made big news by "losing his temper" in his interview with Chris Wallace.
Agence France Presse:
German opera house cancels provocative Mohammed staging  —  Berlin's Deutsche Oper has removed the provocative staging of a Mozart opera from its schedule for fear of enraging Muslims, the opera house said in a statement.  —  One of three opera houses in the German capital …
Discussion: USS Neverdock
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Christian Conservatives Look to Re-energize Base  —  Openly anxious about grass-roots disaffection from the Republican Party, conservative Christian organizers are reaching for ways to turn out voters this November, including arguing that recognizing same-sex marriage could also limit religious freedom.
Brian M. Riedl / Heritage Foundation:
Still Spending: Senate Set to Bust Budget Caps by $32 Billion  —  WebMemo #1222  —  Federal spending in 2006 is set to rise 9 percent, the largest increase since 1990 and enough to earn Congress near failing grades from the Heritage Foundation's third quarter report card.
Discussion: Angry Bear and Andrew Sullivan
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
British forces kill leading terrorist  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - British forces shot and killed a leading al-Qaida terrorist Monday more than a year after he embarrassed the U.S. military by making an unprecedented escape from a maximum security military prison in Afghanistan, officials said.
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Cafferty: "Sometimes Politicians Say Really Dumb Things"  —  Jack Cafferty just had some real choice words about Bush summing up Iraq as a "comma" during his interview with Wolf Blitzer.  —  Video - WMV Video - QT  —  Jack hits the nail on the head when he puts the tally of lives, security and money on the cost of this "comma".
Discussion: The Road to Surfdom
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olbermann calls Chris Wallace a "monkey posing as a newscaster"
Discussion: Olbermann Watch
Financial Times:
Opec considers drop in output
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
For Abramoff, Lawmaker Slandered Teen Sex Slave
Rasmussen Reports:
Washington Senate: Bounce for Cantwell Fading, She Now Leads by 6
Discussion: MyDD
'Jihad' car commercial upsets U.S. Muslims
 Earlier Items: 
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The American Thinker:
Replaying the NIE leak game
David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Torture: What Would Jesus Do?  —  I've been hearing a lot …
Cindy Sheehan / Washington Post:
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Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
U.S. to allow some liquids on airliners
John O'Neil / New York Times:
Senate Panel Debates Detainee Bill
Discussion: TPMmuckraker