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8:50 PM ET, September 12, 2007

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Media Matters for America:
Black and White and Re(a)d All Over: The Conservative Advantage in Syndicated Op-Ed Columns  —  Executive Summary  —  This project did something that has never been done before: It amassed data on the syndicated columnists published by nearly every daily newspaper in the country.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Commanding Heights of Op-Ed Pages
Discussion: Ezra Klein and alicublog
Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
Media watchdog: Conservative columnists rule!
Discussion: Eschaton and The Sideshow
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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 …
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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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Fathers Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq Hail Sons for Speaking Out in 'NYT' Op-Ed
Discussion: Think Progress
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Ted Olson and the Pushovers  —  Why is it that foulmouthed left-wing bloggers seem to be the only people who have noticed that there's a peculiar set of political rules ruling the Beltway, particularly within media circles, these days?  —  Here's what we've noticed: For some reason …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TalkLeft
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Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Reid: "Ted Olson Will Not Be Confirmed"
Discussion: Corrente and The Next Hurrah
New York Times:
Bush Nearing Choice to Lead Justice Dept.
New York Times:
U.S. Confirms Israeli Strikes Hit Syrian Target Last Week  —  After days of silence from the Israeli government, American officials confirmed Tuesday that Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes inside Syria last week, the first such attack since 2003.  —  A Defense Department official …
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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
Jerusalem Post:
'Advisors to Assad pressuring him to respond with force'
Horses Mouth:
Okay, if this isn't portrayed as a major gaffe, with wall-to-wall condemnations from the pundits, it'll be stunning.  (Editor's note: That was meant to be bitterly ironic.)  —  I've just received some advance excerpts of an interview CNN's Wolf Blitzer has done with GOP House leader John Boehner.
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In Speech Today, Obama Will Slam D.C. Pundits And Pols For Supporting Invasion  —  This is interesting: In a major speech in Iowa today, Barack Obama will ratchet up his criticism of the Beltway pundit and political establishment for supporting the invasion of Iraq, according to advance excerpts of Obama's remarks.
Discussion: Open Left, D-Day, Needlenose and Daily Kos
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Obama'08:
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Turning the Page in Iraq
The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Challenge to Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Analysis Finds Hundreds of Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists …
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Amanda / Think Progress:   CBS Defends Katie Couric's Iraq 'Puff Pieces': Bloggers Are 'Not Intelligent'
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 …
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, The Swamp and Yahoo! News
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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.
Discussion: Attytood
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.
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hsustock!  —  Looking for the perfect scandal name for the Norman Hsu scandal?
Discussion: The Corner
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Tears Apart Petraeus' Dog and Pony Show
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Announcing 'NewsBusted' Comedy Webcast
ABCNEWS:
Iran Linked to Iraq Rocket Attack
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman Begs Petraeus to Invade Iran: Updated: Cheney Gloats
Think Progress:
Bush Flashback: 'Setting A Date For Withdrawal Is Setting A Date For Failure'
The Blotter:
Obama Claims Interview in French Magazine Faked
Discussion: MoJoBlog and TVNewser
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Chris Shays: We're there for the oil
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
A Vote the District Deserves
Noah Pollak / The Corner:
Plagiarism at the HuffPo  —  Most of us are used to a certain level …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus' Subordinate: Yes, We Are Arming Sunnis
Discussion: The Huffington Post and D-Day
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Petraeus: Iran Trying to Bolster Influence in Iraq
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Just in: Justice Thomas to go on 60 Minutes
Discussion: Law Blog
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Updated) Petraeus Shouldn't Know if Iraq Makes Us Safer
Kay S. Hymowitz / Opinion Journal:
Freedom Fetishists  —  The cultural contradictions of libertarianism.