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4:20 PM ET, September 10, 2007


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Frank James / The Swamp:
Petraeus 'Betray Us' ad is group's 'shock and awe'  — was looking to get attention and so they have with their full-page New York Times ad in which they slam Gen. David Petraeus, rhyming his name with "betray us."  It's the liberal group's version of shock and awe.
Deacon / Power Line:
MOVEON.ORG HITS THE BOTTOM  —  General Petraeus is now testifying before the House, providing his assessment of the situation in Iraq and making recommendations as to how to proceed.  Here is his written testimony.  —  This morning, the leftist group ran an ad in the New York Times …
CNN Political Ticker:
Dems join GOP in slamming ad attacking Petraeus  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A liberal advocacy group's print ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus drew a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle on Monday.  —  The ad, running in Monday's edition of the New York Times, shows a picture of Petraeus.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Petraeus mania; Update: Petraeus expects drawdown to pre-surge troop levels by next summer; Update: Iran building an Iraqi Hezbollah, says Petraeus, as moonbats screech; Update: Transcripts and slides added  —  Starting at 12:30, it's the mother of all anticlimaxes.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
'Testing... testing...,' the surge's 15-minute delay  —  Gen. David Petraeus waited to testify on Capitol Hill, where the microphones weren't working at the start.  AP Photo by Susan Walsh  —  After months of anticipation for the testimony of Army Gen. David Petraeus on Capitol Hill …
David Stout / New York Times:
Slow Progress Being Made in Iraq, Petraeus Tells Congress
Ron Christie / The Hill:
General Betray Us?
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Washington Post:
Petraeus Says Objectives in Iraq Are Largely Being Met
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Petraeus Hearings Live Blog: Part I
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
ARMY CHECKMATES THE NEW REPUBLIC  —  Last month Pajamas Media published an in-depth report on the scandal surrounding the "Baghdad Diarist" articles by Scott Thomas Beauchamp in The New Republic.  —  Now PJM's Bob Owens interviews Major John Cross, who led the U.S. Army's investigation into Private Beauchamp's shocking claims.
Bryan / Hot Air:
New Vent: Checking up on The New Republic; Update: Foer ducks; Update An interview with the Beauchamp investigator  —  Michelle interviews The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb about the Scott Thomas Beauchamp scandal.  We also stop by The New Republic's office in Washington to see if editor Franklin Foer will talk with us.
USA Today:
Thompson climbs in GOP poll  —  WASHINGTON — Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson has gotten a modest bump in support after finally announcing he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.  And Arizona Sen. John McCain may have started to turn around his beleaguered campaign.
Rasmussen Reports:
2008 Republican Presidential Primary
USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup poll results - The race for the presidency
Discussion: Say Anything and TIME
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
A Quick Guide to Key Petraeus Points (Excerpts)  —  As a bottom line up front, the military objectives of the surge are, in large measure, being met.  In recent months, in the face of tough enemies and the brutal summer heat of Iraq, Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces have achieved progress in the security arena.
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Thompson: Due process for bin Laden  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. - Republican presidential contender Fred Thompson said Monday that while Osama bin Laden needs to be caught and killed, the terrorist mastermind would get the due process of law.  —  In his first campaign trip to South Carolina …
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Second Bin Laden Tape Expected  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  A second tape from Osama bin Laden was recorded in the same location as the video released last week.  —  People in the intelligence community who have seen the tape feel it is directly related to the 9/11 anniversary since …
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Activists take Al Gore to task on his diet  —  He may be the hero of the environmental movement for his crusade against global warming but Al Gore is about to be targeted by animal rights activists over his carnivorous contribution to greenhouse gases.  —  Citing United Nations research …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Hagel bows out of politics  —  Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) officially announced Monday that he will not run for a third term and does not plan to run for president in 2008, setting in motion a battle for his Senate seat and leaving anti-war Republicans and independents without one of their candidates of choice in the presidential contest.
Discussion: Comments From Left Field and MyDD
Los Angeles Times:
Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain  —  Even in humdrum nonpolitical decisions, liberals and conservatives literally think differently, researchers show.  —  Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
COOKING THE BOOKS....Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Republicans are making a big mistake by spending all their TV time this morning complaining about accusations that Gen. Petraeus is cooking the books in his assessment of progress in Iraq?  Repeating the accusation …
Tami Abdollah / Los Angeles Times:
Limits proposed on fast-food restaurants  —  Health concerns are cited for a proposed moratorium on such eateries in South L.A., which has the city's highest concentration of them.  —  As America gets fatter, policymakers are seeking creative approaches to legislating health.
Mario Loyola / The Tank:
Democrats Face Hobson's Choice  —  I must say that I sympathize with the bind that Democratic leaders are in somewhat.  Defeatism is forced upon them by their base.  That's why they have no choice but but to insist that Iraq is going disastrously badly, that it was all a mistake, and that we should get out now.
Discussion: Say Anything
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Petraeus Live Blog 2 - Petraeus Opening Statement
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
We Can't Hear Petraeus!!  —  So you think technology is bad in Iraq?
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The Democrats, Lost in Translation
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Horses Mouth:
Silly Iraqis.  Why don't they understand just how great …
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