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12:30 AM ET, September 12, 2007


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Is Petraeus' Drawdown Part Of The White House's 2008 Political Strategy?
Discussion: The Hill and Buffalo News
Matt / Think Progress:
Petraeus: 'I don't know' if Iraq war makes America safer. »
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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:   Giuliani's GOP Lead Shrinks in New Poll
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy Planning To Spend Part Of 9/11 Anniversary With Noted Basher Of 9/11 Widows  —  Rudy Giuliani may be running for President on his 9/11 performance, but that hasn't stopped him from planning to spend part of the sixth anniversary of the attacks with a high-profile pundit who's repeatedly bashed …
James Rosen / Fox News:
U.S. Officials Begin Crafting Iran Bombing Plan  —  WASHINGTON — A recent decision by German officials to withhold support for any new sanctions against Iran has pushed a broad spectrum of officials in Washington to develop potential scenarios for a military attack on the Islamic regime, FOX News confirmed Tuesday.
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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: 9/11 was a "failure of human understanding," says Mass. governor; Update: "[W]e are all part of the same human story," says NY governor  —  Thanks to Radio Equalizer for this.  Here's Mitt's successor, Deval Patrick, transparently ducking the hard lessons of 9/11 by generalizing …
Mary Katharine Ham /
9/11 at Ground Zero  —  My pictures are a little heavy on the Truthers because that's who I was interviewing and filming for HamNation.  I thought I'd be able to get more pictures later of real, normal people observing the day in a respectful way, but my dang camera went all malfunction on me.
Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
Sources: Goodell determines Pats broke rules by taping Jets' signals … NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has determined that the New England Patriots violated league rules Sunday when they videotaped defensive signals by the New York Jets' coaches, according to league sources.
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Waxman to probe Clinton files  —  In a concession to Republicans, House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) has promised to ask the National Archives for documents relating to President Bill Clinton's Office of Political Affairs.  —  As a result, a Democratic push …
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: Neptunus Lex and Reason Magazine
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Moments  —  Obviously it was incredibly naive to think that this crew …
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Discussion: TalkLeft and WorkingForChange
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus Concedes Drawdown Depends on Deployment Length
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
U.S.: Saudis Still Filling Al Qaeda's Coffers
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Amanda / Think Progress:
National Review: Don't. Ever. Leave.
Sean / Fred '08:
Rename the FredCast
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
For Iraqis, General's Report Offers Bitter Truth
Discussion: Hot Air and Andrew Bolt
Daniel Pipes / New York Sun:
America's Crash Course On Islam
 Earlier Items: 
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Arrested at Petraeus Hearing
Discussion: USA Today and
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME
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
Mark Nickolas /
WHAS-11 TV: Two Republican State Reps To Switch Parties
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota Senate  —  Coleman at 46% Democrats Close Behind
Atrios / Eschaton:
Doesn't Anyone Remember Anthrax?