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10:20 AM ET, September 26, 2006

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Ian Bishop / New York Post:
RICE BOILS OVER AT BUBBA  —  RIPS 'FLATLY FALSE' CLAIM ON BUSH'S BID  —  TO GET BIN LADEN  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making "flatly false" claims that the Bush administration didn't lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks.
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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.
Andrew Klavan / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton Doth Protest Too Much
Discussion: The Huffington Post
In From the Cold:
More of What You Won't Read in the NYT  —  Yesterday, we noted that the MSM (along with their fellow travelers in the intel community), had apparently "cherry-picked" information from a recent National Intelligence Estimate, making their case that the Bush Administration's War on Terror had actually made the problem worse.
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
More Leaks, Please  —  Questioning the Iraq Intelligence Report  —  It's too bad we won't get to see the full National Intelligence Estimate on "Trends in Global Terrorism" selectively leaked to The Post and the New York Times last week.  The Times headline read "Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat."
Washington Post:
Democrats Focus on Terrorism Report in Attacks on Bush  —  Conclusion of Rising Extremism Since Iraq Invasion Is Used to Counter Assertion That the World Is Safer  —  Democratic lawmakers yesterday seized on elements of a new classified intelligence assessment as validation …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Three Retired Officers Demand Rumsfeld's Resignation  —  Three retired military officers who served in Iraq called today for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, telling a Democratic "oversight hearing" on Capitol Hill that the Pentagon chief bungled planning for the U.S. invasion …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
No Silent Majority for Bush
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   Time To Release The NIE  —  The National Intelligence Estimate leak …
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 …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
G.O.P. Reaches Tentative Deal on Domestic Spying Legislation
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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: JunkYardBlog and TBogg
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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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Europe Panel Faults Sifting of Bank Data  —  A European Union panel has serious doubts about the legality of a Bush administration program that monitors international financial transactions, the group's leader said Monday, and plans to recommend tighter controls to prevent privacy abuses.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Swift Program Auditor Found No Abuses
Discussion: Say Anything
Agence France Presse:
Key 9/11 planner linked to London bombings: Musharraf  —  The chief architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks was also linked to last year's suicide blasts on the London transport network, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says in his memoirs.  —  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed …
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Times of India:
'US threat was to take Pak apart brick by brick'
Discussion: On Deadline and Hot Air
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Loses Ranking as Most Competitive Economy to Switzerland  —  Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. lost its position as the world's most competitive economy to Switzerland as budget and trade deficits prompted a slide to sixth in the World Economic Forum's annual rankings.
Joyce Purnick / New York Times:
Stricter Voting Laws Carve Latest Partisan Divide  —  MESA, Ariz. — Eva Charlene Steele, a recent transplant from Missouri, has no driver's license or other form of state identification.  So after voting all her adult life, Mrs. Steele will not be voting in November because of an Arizona law …
Discussion: the talking dog
 
 
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Allison Hope Weiner / New York Times:
For Mel Gibson, a New Movie and More Notoriety
Anchorage Daily News:
FBI returns for more from Stevens' office
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ventura gets Kinky in Texas
Discussion: Shot In The Dark
StrategyPage:
Outsourcing Combat Reporting to the Enemy
David Burge / iowahawk:
MEMORIAL THIS  —  Found in a dumpster behind Sun Devil Stadium …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
CNN:
Poll: Terrorism, Iraq very important to midterm voters
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Romney Rides High
The Anchoress:
Bill Clinton "never criticized" Bush
 Earlier Items: 
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT' Columnist Takes Up Cause of Jailed AP Staffer
Discussion: Majikthise and The Agonist
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush keeps his war anguish hidden
Carla Baranauckas / New York Times:
A Dog's Life, Upgraded
Discussion: Blinq and The Huffington Post
Baltimore Sun:
Poll shows Cardin lead over Steele
Washington Post:
Cook the Books, Get Life in Prison: Is Justice Served?
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
For Abramoff, Lawmaker Slandered Teen Sex Slave
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Cafferty: "Sometimes Politicians Say Really Dumb Things"
AlterNet.org:
Republican General: Rummy responsible for deaths, failure …