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7:50 AM ET, September 12, 2007


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Gary Kamiya / Salon:
The real lessons of 9/11  —  Six years ago, Islamist terrorists attacked the United States, killing almost 3,000 people.  President Bush used the attacks to justify his 2003 invasion of Iraq.  And he has been using 9/11 ever since to scare Americans into supporting his "war on terror."
Elana Schor / The Hill:
GOP centrists get boost  —  The bloc of Senate GOP centrists whose votes are key to any effective push to leave Iraq may gain even more influence on war policy in the wake of Gen. David Petraeus's watershed Tuesday testimony.  —  Republicans were breathing easy as Petraeus …
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: Buffalo News and The Hill
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).
Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani support is soft in key battlegrounds, poll finds  —  Although former N.Y. mayor is GOP leader, a new Times/Bloomberg survey shows him trailing in three early states.  Clinton maintains solid lead among Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — "America's Mayor" Rudolph Giuliani has been well ahead …
Discussion: Daily Kos,, TalkLeft and MSNBC
Washington Post:
Giuliani's GOP Lead Shrinks in New Poll
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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 …
Boston Herald:   Hearts, flowers just aren't enough
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Talk Radio, 9-11 Attacks, Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Poll: Bin Laden tops Musharraf in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf — a key U.S. ally — is less popular in his own country than al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to a poll of Pakistanis conducted last month by an anti-terrorism organization.
US News:
Capital Commerce  —  So How Goes Bin Laden's War on the U.S. Economy?
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and Bill Hobbs
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
U.S.: Saudis Still Filling Al Qaeda's Coffers
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
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.
Fidel Castro says U.S. fooled world over 9/11  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said the U.S. government misinformed Americans and the world about 9/11, echoing conspiracy theories about the terror attacks against the United States six years ago.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
The Independent:
The 'proxy war': UK troops are sent to Iranian border  —  British soldiers return to action as tensions between US and Iran grow  —  British forces have been sent from Basra to the volatile border with Iran amid warnings from the senior US commander in Iraq that Tehran is fomenting a "proxy war".
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.
Ralph Peters / USA Today:
Peace amid the ruins
Discussion: PrestoPundit and RADAMISTO
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.
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Woolsey calls for attacks on colleagues  —  Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) is encouraging anti-war activists to find challengers to centrist Democrats, with the aim of moving the party to the left and ramping up opposition to the war in Iraq, to the chagrin of top Democratic aides.
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.
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Mark Warner announcing plans Thursday  —  Former Virginia governor Mark Warner (D) will be making an announcement on his political future Thursday.  —  Many expect him to launch a candidacy for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. John Warner (R-Va.).  But he also is considered …
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Charlie Savage / Table For One:
The Cheney Project
Owen West / Opinion Journal:
Our New National Divide  —  America's soldiers are committed to the war.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Frederick W. Kagan / The Corner:
Measuring the Progress of the Iraqi Security Forces
Discussion: Angry Bear and Blogs for Bush
Associated Press:
Guantanamo detainees tell of abuses
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Larry Flynt keeps Vitter in his crosshairs
New York Times:
Some Key Republicans Still Seek a New Path
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Officials Cite Danger in Revealing Detainee Data
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Discussion: TalkLeft and WorkingForChange
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus Concedes Drawdown Depends on Deployment Length
Amanda / Think Progress:
National Review: Don't. Ever. Leave.
Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
Reunited By 9/11, Giuliani And Kerik Keep Their Distance
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Waxman to probe Clinton files
The Smoking Gun:
Six Held In West Virginia Torture Horror
Discussion: Orcinus and Don Surber
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Sources confirm Israeli airstrike on Syria
Chris / TVNewser:
Olbermann's Win A Surprise Even Inside MSNBC