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6:00 AM ET, September 12, 2007


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Amanda / Think Progress:
Is Petraeus' Drawdown Part Of The White House's 2008 Political Strategy?
Discussion: Buffalo News and The Hill
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).
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  —  If only Osama bin Laden had been hugged more as a child.  —  If only the 19 wild-eyed jihadists who hijacked our airplanes and murdered 3,000 of our brothers and sisters six years ago had some kind of "human understanding" of the people they set out to systematically torture and kill.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Talk Radio, 9-11 Attacks, Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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.
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
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
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 …
Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
Reunited By 9/11, Giuliani And Kerik Keep Their Distance
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 / 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 …
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.
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Frederick W. Kagan / The Corner:
Measuring the Progress of the Iraqi Security Forces
Discussion: Angry Bear and Blogs for Bush
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE END OF THE SURGE....According to the Washington Post …
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Woolsey calls for attacks on colleagues
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
Discussion: Norwegianity
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Mark Warner announcing plans Thursday
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Officials Cite Danger in Revealing Detainee Data
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Discussion: TalkLeft and WorkingForChange
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus Concedes Drawdown Depends on Deployment Length
Amanda / Think Progress:
National Review: Don't. Ever. Leave.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Waxman to probe Clinton files
The Smoking Gun:
Six Held In West Virginia Torture Horror
Discussion: Orcinus and Don Surber
Martin Amis / Times of London:
9/11 and the cult of death
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Sources confirm Israeli airstrike on Syria