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9:05 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.
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.
John Dickerson / Slate:
Fox in the Henhouse  —  CLINTON'S STRATEGIC TV BLOWUP.  —  Bill Clinton has provided us with this week's partisan sorting mechanism.  If you are a right-winger, you see his outburst over charges that he didn't do enough to kill Osama Bin Laden as an overheated act of public ass-covering.
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: JunkYardBlog and TBogg
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 …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
No Silent Majority for Bush
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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Daniel McGrory / Times of London:
'America paid us to hand over al-Qaeda suspects'
Discussion: NewsHog
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Swift Program Auditor Found No Abuses
Discussion: Say Anything
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Romney Rides High  —  A Mormon from Massachusetts wows social conservatives.  —  WASHINGTON—Right now John McCain is the front-runner for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.  But everyone expects that a single major competitor will emerge to challenge him from the right.
Washington Post:
Cook the Books, Get Life in Prison: Is Justice Served?  —  In the category of longest prison sentence, WorldCom Inc. founder Bernard J. Ebbers recently bested the organizer of an armed robbery, the leaders of a Bronx drug gang and the acting boss of the Gambino crime family.
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David Burge / iowahawk:
MEMORIAL THIS  —  Found in a dumpster behind Sun Devil Stadium …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Cheney accuses Democrats of 'defeatism'
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Poll: Terrorism, Iraq very important to midterm voters
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
Baltimore Sun:
Poll shows Cardin lead over Steele
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Olbermann calls Chris Wallace a "monkey posing as a newscaster"
Discussion: Olbermann Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Opec considers drop in output
Patrick Quinn / Associated Press:
British forces kill leading terrorist
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Cafferty: "Sometimes Politicians Say Really Dumb Things"
Rasmussen Reports:
Washington Senate: Bounce for Cantwell Fading, She Now Leads by 6
Discussion: Pajamas Media and MyDD
'Jihad' car commercial upsets U.S. Muslims
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Lisa Sandberg / Houston Chronicle:
While battling politicians, writer is in a battle for her life
Agence France Presse:
German opera house cancels provocative Mohammed staging
Discussion: USS Neverdock