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1:35 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 …
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.
New York Times:
Transcript of the Fox News Republican Presidential Candidates Debate  —  The Fox News Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Durham, N.H. with candidates: Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas); the former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani; the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee …
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.
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
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 …
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act  —  NEW YORK -  —  A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.
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.
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.
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
The Atlantic Online:
GI Fatalities in Iraq  —  Frank de Libero put together the chart you see reproduced above.  It compared GI deaths in Iraq in any given month of 2007 to the deaths in the corresponding month in 2006.  In summary, January '07 was deadlier than January '06.  February '07 was deadlier than February '06.
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 …
Michael Lewis / Bloomberg:
A Wall Street Trader Draws Some Subprime Lessons: Michael Lewis  —  Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) — So right after the Bear Stearns funds blew up, I had a thought: This is what happens when you lend money to poor people.  —  Don't get me wrong: I have nothing personally against the poor.
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.
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
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James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Iraq government near collapse, secret report says
Washington Wire:
Clinton and Obama Release 'Change' Ads
Discussion: Open Left
New York Times:
10 More Sought in German Terror Plot
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Report: Libraries stock Islamic terror books
Madeleine K. Albright / Washington Post:
How To Change Iraq  —  The threshold question in any war is: What are we fighting for?
Faiz / Think Progress:
Report: Massive U.S. 'Footprint' In Iraq Conveys 'Permanence …
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