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12:10 PM ET, September 6, 2007

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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Experts Doubt Drop In Violence in Iraq  —  Military Statistics Called Into Question  —  The U.S. military's claim that violence has decreased sharply in Iraq in recent months has come under scrutiny from many experts within and outside the government, who contend that some of the underlying statistics …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Newly Willing to Compromise on Iraq  —  With a mixed picture emerging about progress in Iraq, Senate Democratic leaders are showing a new openness to compromise as they try to attract Republican support for forcing at least modest troop withdrawals in the coming months.
Faiz / Think Progress:   Report: Massive U.S. 'Footprint' In Iraq Conveys 'Permanence …
The Politico:
Democrats retreat on war end
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Thompson Declares His Candidacy for President  —  After months of false starts, staff shake-ups, and questions about the seriousness of his intention to run for president, Fred Thompson rolled out his presidential candidacy this evening with a two-pronged, guerrilla-style entry into the race …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Fred announces on Leno; Update: Web announcement video …
Fox News:
Two Republican Presidential Candidacies Offered New, Revived Life
Discussion: The Swamp
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
It's already too late for Fred, many say
Discussion: Des Moines Register and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:   Shocking truth about Fred Thompson revealed!
Bernard Holland / New York Times:
Luciano Pavarotti, Italian Tenor, Is Dead at 71  —  Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era, died early this morning at his home in Modena, in northern Italy.  He was 71.  —  His death was announced by his manager, Terri Robson.
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CNN:
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti dead at 71
BBC:
Opera legend Pavarotti dies at 71
L. Paul Bremer III / New York Times:
How I Didn't Dismantle Iraq's Army  —  "The Iraqi Army of the future cannot be an extension of the present army, which has been made into a tool of dictatorship."  — Report by the Department of State's Future of Iraq Project, May 2002  —  IT has become conventional wisdom that the decision …
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David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Panel Sees More Than a Year Before Iraq Can Handle Security
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Dems already dismissing Iraq war report  —  Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, talked with reporters yesterday in Washington.  "We know what is going to be in it," he said of the Iraq war report next week.  "I expect the Bush report to say, 'The surge is working.
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction  —  Salon exclusive: Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq.  —  (Clockwise from top left) Naji Sabri, George W. Bush, Colin Powell and George Tenet.
New York Sun:
Petraeus for President?  —  "Senators and distinguished guests, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to testify in respect of progress in the Battle of Iraq.  Before I do however, there are a few things I'd like to get off of my chest.  Although your house of Congress confirmed …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The Making of the Front-Runner  —  As the serious stage of the presidential campaign begins this fall, Hillary Rodham Clinton has clearly established herself in the lead of the race for the Democratic nomination.  That makes her the most worthy subject for examination among all the White House prospects.
Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
Larry Craig and "Don't Tap, Don't Tell"  —  The ignominious fall of Senator Larry Craig casts new light on the importance of the nation's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning open homosexuals from military service.  —  If preventing public sex in airport men's rooms is important enough …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Pandagon
Bryan / Hot Air:
German authorities continue hunting for 10 more bomb plotters  —  Before I get to the German terror plot broken up this week, a little history from William F. Buckley: … And a word from one of the presidential candidates: … Right, John.  Sleep tight.  Meanwhile, in the real world:
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Melissa Eddy / Associated Press:
Germany searching for 10 terror suspects
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
September 6, 2007 - Clinton Opens Lead Over Giuliani As Dems Surge In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Little Unity Among Republicans  —  Ohio, the key state in the 2004 presidential election, is turning blue in the 2008 campaign, with Democratic candidates winning 11 of 12 matchups …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
SO I'M READING JACK GOLDSMITH'S NEW BOOK, The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration, and so far it's quite good.  Excerpt: … As I've said before, this war has been overlawyered, which is not to say it has been well-lawyered.  Goldsmith notes that the Defense …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Jerusalem Post:
Syria: Air defenses fired at Israeli aircraft over our airspace  —  Syrian air defenses opened fire on IAF aircraft that violated Syrian airspace overnight Thursday, a Syrian military spokesman said.  —  "We warn the Israeli enemy government against this flagrant aggressive act …
WNBC:
FBI Makes 11 Corruption Arrests In N.J.  —  NEW YORK — Eleven public officials were charged Thursday in a widespread FBI corruption investigation in New Jersey, officials said.  —  Among those charged were Passaic Mayor Sammy Rivera and Orange Mayor Mims Hackett, investigators said.
Discussion: Macsmind
 
 
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