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5:20 PM ET, September 12, 2007

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Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Two of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote 'NYT' Op-Ed Die in Iraq  —  NEW YORK The Op-Ed by seven active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq questioning the war drew international attention just three weeks ago.  Now two of the seven are dead.  —  Sgt. Omar Mora and Sgt. Yance Gray died Monday in a vehicle accident …
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Think Progress:
Two Of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote New York Times Op-Ed Die In Iraq  —  On Aug. 19, seven active duty soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division wrote an op-ed in The New York Times called "The War As We Saw It."  The piece expressed skepticism about "recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable":
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Commanding Heights of Op-Ed Pages
Discussion: The New Republic and alicublog
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Fathers Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq Hail Sons for Speaking Out in 'NYT' Op-Ed
Discussion: Think Progress
Brian Leiter / Brian Leiter's Law School Reports:
New UC Irvine Law School Hires Chemerinsky as Dean, Then Fires Him for Political Reasons  —  I have all of the following from a reliable source.  —  About a week ago, Erwin Chemerinsky, the well-known constitutional law scholar at Duke, signed a contract to be the inaugural Dean …
Discussion: Think Progress and Instapundit.com
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Los Angeles Times:
Chemerinsky says UC Irvine rescinds offer to become law school dean  —  The constitutional scholar says university officials told him the deal was off to head the new school because he was too 'politically controversial.'  —  Just days after he signed a contract to become the first dean …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and LA Observed
Amir Efrati / Law Blog:
The O.C. — Law School Edition
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Ynetnews:
Report: Israel spots nuclear installations in Syria  —  Washington official says Israeli surveillance shows possible Syrian nuclear installation stocked by North Korea, Israeli Arab newspaper claims target of alleged raid last week was Syrian missile base financed by Iran
WNCN-TV:
High School Bans American Flag  —  SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. - On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American Flag.  —  Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Updated) Petraeus Shouldn't Know if Iraq Makes Us Safer  —  Lefty blogs are making a huge deal of the fact that Petraeus didn't have an opinion on the wisdom of fighting a war in Iraq.  Here, from DailyKos: … And here's Andrew Sullivan: … But the key point for these folks prior …
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Aoife McCarthy / The Politico:
Tony Snow says farewell to White House  —  Tony Snow's last on-camera press briefing as White House press secretary is underway.  —  Snow opened the briefing by saying: "This job is the most fun I have ever had."  —  He started his thanks by naming his predecessor Scott McClellan, and joked about his early days.
Discussion: New York Times
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Best of Luck to Tony Snow
Discussion: The Swamp and Sister Toldjah
BBC:
Led Zeppelin confirm reunion gig  —  Rock group Led Zeppelin are to reform for a tribute concert to the Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.  —  Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will perform together for the first time in 19 years.
The Politico:
MoveOn's 'Betray Us' ad a smart move  —  We could be wrong, but here's a prediction about the power of viral campaigns: By the time the dust settles on the storm kicked up by MoveOn.org's highly provocative "Petraeus/Betray Us" ad in The New York Times on Sept. 10, the online group will have seen …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
CBS News Gets Snippy When Fact Checked  —  This MoveOn.org Video on Katie Couric and CBS News' repetition of Bush Administration talking points and lack of critical reporting has stirred up quite the hornet's nest at CBS.  We posted this over the weekend, along with a number of other folks …
Think Progress:
Bush Flashback: 'Setting A Date For Withdrawal Is Setting A Date For Failure'  —  Tomorrow, President Bush will deliver a prime-time address to the nation about progress in Iraq.  In that speech, he is expected to endorse Gen. David Petraeus's recommendations to bring home 30,000 troops from Iraq by July 2008.
Kay S. Hymowitz / Opinion Journal:
Freedom Fetishists  —  The cultural contradictions of libertarianism.  —  More than perhaps any other American political group, libertarians have suffered the blows of caricature.  For many people, the term evokes an image of a scraggly misfit living in the woods with his gun collection …
CNN Political Ticker:
Warner to make a bid for Senate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner intends to run for the Senate next year, Democratic officials said Wednesday, assuring his party a competitive race for a seat long in Republican hands.  —  Warner scheduled an e-mail announcement of his plans for Thursday.
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Noah Pollak / The Corner:
Plagiarism at the HuffPo  —  Most of us are used to a certain level of crackpottery over at the Huffington Post, where many of the bloggers are, to put it lightly, possessed of some silly political ideas: Cindy Sheehan ranting about the Bush junta, b-list celebrities lecturing on conservationist toilet paper use, etc.
 
 
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The Blotter:
Obama Claims Interview in French Magazine Faked
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Chris Shays: We're there for the oil
Washington Post:
A Vote the District Deserves
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus' Subordinate: Yes, We Are Arming Sunnis
Discussion: D-Day
Tortenzi / Updates:
Prostitute, Flynt keep pressure on Vitter
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
TERROR FIGHTIN' HILLARY....I've been actively avoiding …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Speech Today, Obama Will Slam D.C. Pundits And Pols For Supporting Invasion
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Just in: Justice Thomas to go on 60 Minutes
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Discussion: Joe's Dartblog
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Thompson Says He's No Churchgoer, Won't Tout Religion on Stump
CNN:
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