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12:35 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."
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.
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.
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  —  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
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
G.O.P. Reaches Tentative Deal on Domestic Spying Legislation  —  Republican leaders said Monday that they had reached a tentative agreement to garner political support for legislation on domestic surveillance, in part by sidestepping the question of whether the president has the constitutional authority …
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
Daniel McGrory / Times of London:
'America paid us to hand over al-Qaeda suspects'  —  General Musharraf's memoir serialised in The Times will further embarrass the White House  —  PRESIDENT Musharraf of Pakistan says that the CIA has secretly paid his government millions of dollars for handing over hundreds of al-Qaeda suspects to America.
Discussion: Times of India, NewsHog and Hot Air
Agence France Presse:   Key 9/11 planner linked to London bombings: Musharraf
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 …
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
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.
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