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1:05 PM ET, September 6, 2007


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Fox News:
Two Republican Presidential Candidacies Offered New, Revived Life
Discussion: The Swamp
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Thompson Declares His Candidacy for President
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
It's already too late for Fred, many say
Discussion: Des Moines Register
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 …
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.
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.
Horses Mouth:
One of the more astonishing things about your pundits …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
The Politico:   Penn, like Rove, wants intellectual cred
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: and Macsmind
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 …
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 …
Yoav Stern / Haaretz:
Syria: We fired on IAF jet that violated our airspace, dropped ammo
Discussion: FP Passport
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 …
Michael Medved /
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
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Shocking truth about Fred Thompson revealed!  —  Before we get too far into the brand-new presidential campaign of Fred Thompson, which began in the wee hours of this morning in a webcast at, we need to straighten one thing out for the official record.
Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Herndon to Shut Down Center for Day Laborers  —  The Town of Herndon announced yesterday that it would close its 21-month-old day-laborer center next week instead of complying with a judge's ruling that the site must be open to all residents, including those who might be illegal immigrants.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Faiz / Think Progress:
Report: Massive U.S. 'Footprint' In Iraq Conveys 'Permanence,' 'Opposite Impression Is Needed'  —  A report released yesterday by a 20-member commission, headed by retired Marine Gen. James Jones, reported it will be at least 12 to 18 months before Iraq's army and police can take charge.
ROMNEY CANS GOLDEN GOOSE OVER ABUSE  —  Mitt Romney has asked his Utah finance committee co-chair, Robert Lichfield, who is affiliated with a controversial network of schools for troubled teens and has been dogged by allegations of abuse and fraud, to step down, Radar has learned.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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New York Times:
10 More Sought in German Terror Plot
CNN Political Ticker:
GOP senators hold 'spirited' discussion on Craig
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act
Discussion: Think Progress
The Atlantic Online:
GI Fatalities in Iraq
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
I Guess Uncle Chuck Didn't Read This, Either
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Report: Libraries stock Islamic terror books
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
September 6, 2007 - Clinton Opens Lead Over Giuliani As Dems Surge …
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Chicago Tribune:
A countercultural movement
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Associated Press:
Fake motorcade causes summit stir
Discussion: Corrente
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Taliban Of Tolerance By Matt Sanchez
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti dead at 71
LowerManhattanite / Group News Blog:
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Baghdad Burning  —  ... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend …