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12:40 PM ET, September 26, 2006


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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."
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
No Silent Majority for Bush  —  What could prove to be the most important factor in the 2006 elections is overlooked because it is unseen: The Republicans cannot try to curry favor with a "silent majority" that favors the Iraq war because a majority of Americans, both vocal and quiet, have come to see the war as a mistake.
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.
President says NIE leak was political, denies Iraq has worsened terrorism  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday announced that he will declassify parts of the National Intelligence Estimate, which reportedly concluded that the war with Iraq has worsened terrorism.
Discussion: TAPPED
W.House considers declassifying intelligence report  —Text+WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Tuesday it may declassify an intelligence report in order to respond to Democrats who say the document shows the Iraq war has been a distraction from the war on terrorism.
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.
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
A textbook definition of cowardice
Andrew Klavan / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton Doth Protest Too Much
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage  —  After Changes, Senate Holdouts Pledge Support  —  Last-minute changes to legislation authorizing the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program have won the support of three balking Senate Republicans, improving the chances …
Ryan Lizza / The New Republic:
Pond Scum  —  In the wake of allegations that Virginia Senator George Allen repeatedly used the word "nigger" as a college student at the University of Virginia in the 1970s, the senator today issued a blanket denial that he has ever uttered the word.  "I don't remember ever using that word …
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
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Swift Program Auditor Found No Abuses
Discussion: Democracy Project and Say Anything
US loses top competitiveness spot  —  The US has lost its status as the world's most competitive economy, according to the World Economic Forum.  —  The US now ranks only sixth in the body's league table of global competitiveness, behind Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Singapore.
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:   U.S. Loses Ranking as Most Competitive Economy to Switzerland
Seth Stevenson / Slate:
This Is Your Ass on Drugs  —  THE NEW CASE AGAINST POT?  IT MAKES YOU LAZY. … (Click here to see the spot.)  —  In the past two decades, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America have made countless TV ads about the evils of illicit drugs.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hit and Run
Laura Sessions Stepp / Washington Post:
Syndicate Says 'Boondocks' May Not Return  —  Cartoonist Hasn't Answered Pleas to Resume Comic Strip  —  It's over for "The Boondocks" comic strip, at least for now.  After six years — a remarkably short run for a strip that found its way into 300-plus newspapers, including The Washington Post …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Bloggers will join Bush in bill-signing ceremony  —  President Bush has invited bloggers to join him today as he signs into law a bill creating a database of federal spending — a recognition of their role in forcing the bill through Congress over the objections of senior senators and an indication …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush keeps his war anguish hidden  —  In private meetings with families, he expresses his sorrow for losses  —  President Bush hugs Anita Kukkola, the mother of U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Kukkola, left, during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in October 2005.
NY Daily News:
Fox News' war zone is the D.C. bureau  —  Marital sniping may have led to the departure of Brit Hume's wife, Kim, from Fox News last week.  —  Kim Hume's imminent exit as Fox's D.C. bureau chief was announced Thursday.  The buzz out of Washington is that she and the anchorman had been tattletaling …
Discussion: PSoTD
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
BIG NEWS: John Bolton Confirmation Battle Really, Really Dead
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Lieberman Calls for Having More U.S. Troops Training Iraqi Forces
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Negative Ads a Positive in GOP Strategy
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Discussion: protein wisdom and Ghost Blog
David Corn / Slate:
Sorry, Hitch—You're Wrong About Niger
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
How Bush Wrecked the Army
 Earlier Items: 
Belle Waring / Crooked Timber:
Limiting Fast Food
Discussion: The Agitator and Catallarchy
Kim Sengupta / Independent:
The woman who defied the Taliban, and paid with her life
Discussion: Mia Culpa, AMERICAblog and normblog
Allison Hope Weiner / New York Times:
For Mel Gibson, a New Movie and More Notoriety
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ventura gets Kinky in Texas
Discussion: Shot In The Dark
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For Democrats, Welcome Words on Rumsfeld — if Not the War
Outsourcing Combat Reporting to the Enemy
Daniel McGrory / Times of London:
'America paid us to hand over al-Qaeda suspects'
Discussion: Times of India, NewsHog and Hot Air

From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

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