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11:35 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.
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.
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 …
Times of India:
'US threat was to take Pak apart brick by brick'  —  [ 26 Sep, 2006 0035hrs IST TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]  —  WASHINGTON: Pervez Musharraf may be a commando by training, but he still might not want to run into former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, a Vietnam vet (three combat tours) …
Agence France Presse:   Key 9/11 planner linked to London bombings: Musharraf
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:
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
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.
David Corn / Slate:
Sorry, Hitch—You're Wrong About Niger  —  PLUS: CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS RESPONDS.  —  In mid-October 2002, a nuclear analyst named Simon Dodge in the State Department's intelligence division was forwarded copies of documents purporting to outline a recent sale of 500 tons of yellowcake uranium …
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 …
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk
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
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 …
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Negative Ads a Positive in GOP Strategy
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New York Times:
Security and War Take Center Stage as Campaign Break Nears
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
How Bush Wrecked the Army
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
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Loses Ranking as Most Competitive Economy to Switzerland
Anchorage Daily News:
FBI returns for more from Stevens' office
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ventura gets Kinky in Texas
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Joyce Purnick / New York Times:
Stricter Voting Laws Carve Latest Partisan Divide
Discussion: the talking dog
Outsourcing Combat Reporting to the Enemy
Poll: Terrorism, Iraq very important to midterm voters
The Anchoress:
Bill Clinton "never criticized" Bush
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT' Columnist Takes Up Cause of Jailed AP Staffer
Discussion: Majikthise and The Agonist
Carla Baranauckas / New York Times:
A Dog's Life, Upgraded
Discussion: Blinq and The Huffington Post
Baltimore Sun:
Poll shows Cardin lead over Steele