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7:20 PM ET, September 11, 2007


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Juan Cole:
Can Gen. Petraeus and Ryan Crocker Save the Next Democratic President?  —  Despite what the pundits will say, I fear the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the Hill Monday and Tuesday is not a turning point, does not give Bush breathing room, and is largely irrelevant.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Official: Bush to announce troop withdrawal  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush is expected to announce plans to withdraw roughly 30,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by next summer, following a recommendation by the top American commander there, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
Discussion: Wake up America
Associated Press:
Officials: Bush to announce troop cut
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: New Times poll examines 3 early states  —  At the beginning of the autumn dash to the primaries, a new Times/Bloomberg Poll of 3,211 Democrats and Republicans in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina shows that Hillary Clinton maintains a strong lead in all three states (28%, 35% and 45%, respectively).
Washington Post:
Petraeus, Crocker Face Skepticism on Drawdown  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker went before Congress for a second day today to deliver a progress report on the war in Iraq and explain a new military plan to withdraw the 30,000 reinforcements sent there earlier this year to improve security.
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Republicans introduce measure condemning MoveOn ad  —  House Republican leaders introduced a resolution Monday condemning a full-page newspaper ad from that criticizes the character of Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus: 'I Don't Know' if Iraq Victory Will Make U.S. Safer
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Petraeus Admits "I Don't Know" If White House Plan on Iraq Makes America Safer
Discussion: Times of London and AMERICAblog
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Sources confirm Israeli airstrike on Syria  —  (CNN) — Israeli aircraft carried out an airstrike inside Syria last week, possibly targeting weapons that were destined for Hezbollah militants, according to sources in the region and in the United States.  —  Syria reported that its aircraft fired …
Chris / TVNewser:
Olbermann's Win A Surprise Even Inside MSNBC  —  Phil Griffin knew it would happen, he just didn't think it would happen this quickly.  On Friday night, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann was the top-rated cable news show in the 25-54 demo.  That means Olbermann beat his cable rival …
The Long War Journal:
Resistance "is a normal thing, and a right for everyone"  —  Perhaps more than any other element, contextual local perspective is missing from analysis about Iraq as a whole and Fallujah in particular.  Western media, media consumers, and the political class offer strategic assessments …
Mark Nickolas /
WHAS-11 TV: Two Republican State Reps To Switch Parties  —  The pendulum is definitely swinging back to the Democratic side in Kentucky.  —  This morning, WHAS-11's Mark Hebert is reporting the following spectacular news:  —  Sources tell WHAS 11 News that they expect two republican state house members …
Http / WHAS11 Political Blog:   Breaking News....Dems Picking Up Party Switchers in House
Norman Podhoretz / Opinion Journal:
'America the Ugly'  —  Six years after 9/11, it's notable how little the politics of the left have changed.  —  In the immediate aftermath of the attacks on us that took place on this very day six years ago, several younger commentators proclaimed the birth of an entirely new era in American history.
Tom Gross / Media Blog:
What the BBC is telling children about the 9/11 attacks  —  Here is what the BBC's widely-read children's section of their website (CBBC) is telling kids about the 9/11 attacks, the 6th anniversary of which falls today.  —  It is not quite the al-Qaeda view, but it almost is.
Johnny Dollar / Olbermann Watch:
Keith Olbermann Admits He Is Un-American!  —  And reprehensible too.  Don't blame's his words:
Martin Amis / Times of London:
9/11 and the cult of death  —  Our correspondent contends that our response to September 11 has been deficient.  Radical Islam, he argues, must be recognised as a fanatical death cult, such as Nazism or Bolshevism  —  "In my humble", as one of Updike's Pennsylvanians likes to put it …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota Senate  —  Coleman at 46% Democrats Close Behind  —  Minnesota is likely to host one of the more interesting and competitive Senate races in Election 2008.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone poll of the race shows incumbent Senator Norm Coleman (R) attracting just 46% support …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Doesn't Anyone Remember Anthrax?  —  What I just learned from CNN: … I've long been fascinated by the erasure of the anthrax attacks - which, in their own way, freaked out the country more than 9/11 did* - from our collective memory.  —  *People object when I suggest this …
Michelle Malkin:
9/11: Remembrance and resistance  —  Update 1:30pm Eastern.  Memorial photo of the day comes from Iraq, via MNF-I:  —  The caption reads:  —  Never Forget  —  Task Force Marne Soldiers take time on the sixth anniversary of the attacks Sept. 11, 2001, for a remembrance ceremony at the Task Force Marne Headquarters.
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Daniel Pipes / New York Sun:
America's Crash Course On Islam
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Arrested at Petraeus Hearing
Discussion: USA Today and
Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
Sources: Goodell determines Pats broke rules by taping Jets' signals
Fox News:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich Stands Alone Opposed to Sept. 11 Commemoration Resolution
Jonah Goldberg / National Review Online:
From There to Here  —  My four-year-old daughter started school …
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton fundraiser found in 'fetal position' on train
Discussion: Washington Wire
Gateway Pundit:
Peace Activist Axes Dutch Student to Death Over Iraq War
 Earlier Items: 
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:
Paging Americans: Where the hell are you?
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Quote for the Day  —  "The Vietnam experience left …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Annals Of Propaganda  —  Brit Hume coaches Petraeus …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Peter Garnham / Financial Times:
Dollar hits fresh 15-year low
Discussion: Donklephant
Newt Gingrich / Winning the Future:
What If? An Alternative History of the War since 9/11
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Miers, Bolten contempt filings delayed