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6:05 PM ET, September 26, 2006


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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.
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
BREAKING: Harman Calls for Release of Second Secret Iraq Report  —  There's a second damning Iraq report floating around the intelligence community.  —  At least, that's according to Rep. Jane Harman (CA), the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
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."
Barry Schweid / Associated Press:
Bush to Release Part of Intel Assessment  —  President Bush on Tuesday said it is naive and a mistake to think that the war with Iraq has worsened terrorism, disputing a national intelligence assessment by his own administration.  He said he was declassifying part of the report.
White House:
President Bush Signs Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act  —  Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building  —  Fact Sheet: Achieving Greater Transparency and Accountability in Government  —  THE PRESIDENT: Please be seated — except for you all.  (Laughter.)  Welcome.
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 …
Tim /   Bush signs transparency bill
Glenn Reynolds /
ATTENDED THE BILL SIGNING for S. 2590, the "Federal Funding …
Larry Womack / The Raw Story:
2001 memo to Rice contradicts statements about Clinton, Pakistan  —  A memo received by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shortly after becoming National Security Advisor in 2001 directly contradicts statements she made to reporters yesterday, RAW STORY has learned.
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.
The Hill:
The real Clinton emerges
White House:
President Bush Welcomes President Karzai of Afghanistan to the White House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you.  Please be seated.  It's my honor to welcome President Karzai back to the White House.  Mr. President, Laura and I fondly remember your gracious hospitality when we met you in your capital.
Discussion: Power Line, On Deadline and Wizbang
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Karzai responds to reporter's question about terrorism …
Discussion: Media Blog and Confederate Yankee
Paul Hughes / Waterbury Republican American:
Lieberman presents proposals on continuing warfare in Iraq  —  EAST HAMPTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman unleashed a new attack on Democratic rival Ned Lamont on Iraq Monday, and unveiled his plan for going forward with the war.  —  Lieberman charged that Lamont is proposing to give up on Iraq …
Discussion: Sirotablog
Will / Attytood:
Why I'm mad: An open letter to David Broder from a fellow journalist  —  This is an open letter that I am sending today to columnist David Broder of the Washington Post, the so-called "dean of American journalism."  I am hoping that others will read it, because it touches on many of the important issues …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For Democrats, Welcome Words on Rumsfeld — if Not the War  —  Maj. Gen. John Batiste, the former commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, had complained loudly about the handling of the Iraq war since he retired 11 months ago — but no one invited him to present his views to Congress.
Search Detail  —  September 26, 2006 - Casey Leads Santorum 51 - 39% Among Likely Voters, Quinnipiac University Pennsylvania Poll Finds; Incumbent's Momentum Has Stalled  —  Democratic State Treasurer Robert Casey Jr. has regained his momentum in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race …
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.
Adam Schrager / KUSA-TV:
Perlmutter surges ahead in 7th CD Poll  —  KUSA - Democrat Ed Perlmutter has surged to a 17-point lead over Republican Rick O'Donnell in a new 9NEWS poll conducted by Survey USA in the race to represent Colorado's 7th Congressional District.  —  A Survey USA poll conducted last month …
Discussion: MyDD and TIME
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Anxious Dems eye power of the purse on Iraq  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will chair the powerful Ways and Means Committee if Democrats win control of the House next year, but his main goal in 2007 does not fall within his panel's jurisdiction.  —  "I can't stop this war," …
Matthew Yglesias / American Prospect:
Rogue State  —  Lawbreaker and torturer — that's America, loud and proud.  —  "The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture," George W. Bush explained in a June 2003 speech, "and we are leading this fight by example."  Oh, the irony!
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