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10:30 AM ET, September 13, 2007


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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
TIMES GIVES LEFTIES A HEFTY DISCOUNT FOR 'BETRAY US' AD  —  The New York Times dramatically slashed its normal rates for a full-page advertisement for's ad questioning the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.  —  Headlined "Cooking the Books …
Ryan Grim / The Politico:   'Betray Us' ad unites GOP, distracts Dems
Washington Post:
Democrats Push Toward Middle On Iraq Policy  —  Democratic leaders in Congress have decided to shift course and pursue modest bipartisan measures to alter U.S. military strategy in Iraq, hoping to use incremental changes instead of aggressive legislation to break the grip Republicans have held over the direction of war policy.
New York Times:
Limited Pullout Is Middle Way on Iraq, Bush Will Say  —  When top Democratic leaders visited him at the White House this week, President Bush told them he wanted to "find common ground" on Iraq.  But when the president said he planned to "start doing some redeployment," the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, cut him off.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tonight, the Petraeus plan becomes the Bush plan
Discussion: The Politico
James Glanz / New York Times:
Compromise on Oil Law in Iraq Seems to Be Collapsing  —  A carefully constructed compromise on a draft law governing Iraq's rich oil fields, agreed to in February after months of arduous talks among Iraqi political groups, appears to have collapsed.  The apparent breakdown comes just as Congress …
Spy Master Admits Error  —  Intel czar Mike McConnell told Congress a new law helped bring down a terror plot.  The facts say otherwise.  —  In a new embarrassment for the Bush administration top spymaster, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is withdrawing an assertion …
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Researcher: Bin Laden's beard is real, video is not  —  On the Friday before the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Osama bin Laden appeared in a new video, his first since prior to the U.S. presidential elections in 2004.  In analyzing the video, Neal Krawetz of Hactor Factor, an expert on digital image forensics …
Discussion: Secure Computing, QandO and Daimnation!
Fawaz A. Gerges / Christian Science Monitor:
BIN LADEN'S NEW IMAGE: YOUNGER, MORE MARXIST  —  The former multimillionaire now blames global capitalism and class for the tragedies in Iraq and Afghanistan. … AFTER A THREE-YEAR absence, Osama bin Laden has resurfaced in another of his rousing videotapes, only this time with a new image and a new message.
Discussion: The Swamp and Dr. Sanity
Wall Street Journal:
Hsu Sent Suicide Note Before Disappearance  —  Before Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu skipped a court hearing and temporarily vanished last week, he typed out a suicide note and sent copies to several acquaintances and charitable organizations, according to people who received it.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
A Bundle of Nerves  —  HSU ARE THEY?  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton previously supported campaign-finance reform proposals that would have required immediate and full transparency of donor names involved in bundling of political donations.  But now Clinton has ordered that none of the 200 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Consultant Probed in Bogus Interview  —  Former ABC Consultant Says He Was 'Scammed' in Piece on Obama  —  A former consultant to ABC's investigative unit admitted yesterday that he put his name on a purported interview with Barack Obama that he never conducted.
National / Homeland Security National Terror Alert:
Camouflaged Man Armed With A Loaded AK-47 Arrested In Dearborn Park  —  A 26-year-old Dearborn resident, Houssein Zorkot, was arraigned in 19th District Court Tuesday on several felony charges, including carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.  —  Zorkot, a third-year medical student …
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
A New Strain of Anti-Semitism is Spreading  —  Who recently said: "These Jews started 19 Crusades.  The 19th was World War (1).  Why?  Only to build Israel."  —  Some holdover Nazi?  —  Hardly.  It was former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan of Turkey, a NATO ally.
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Chill Out  —  Bjorn Lomborg provides a calm voice in the heated debate …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Buoyed McCain Tours Iowa With New Campaign Theme
Huffington Post:
First Online-Only Candidate Mashup
Washington Post:
Week of Antiwar Events To Start With a 'Die-In'
USA Today:
$8B in pork clogs U.S. infrastructure plans
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Annette Haddad / Los Angeles Times:
Worst August for home sales in 15 years
Discussion: Calitics
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
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James Kilner / Reuters:
Skip work, make babies, says Russian governor
Deutsche Welle:
Austria Arrests Three in Latest Islamist Terror Plot in Europe
Beldar /
Do you care if national security criminal Sandy Berger is re-embraced …
The Corner:
A woman's right to Hsu's
Michelle Malkin:
Vandalism. Desecration. Cowardice. Coddling. Enough is enough.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Tears Apart Petraeus' Dog and Pony Show
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Horses Mouth:
Okay, if this isn't portrayed as a major gaffe, with wall …