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3:20 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).
Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani support is soft in key battlegrounds, poll finds
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Washington Post:   Giuliani's GOP Lead Shrinks in New Poll
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
Eye /
Glad someone finally said it  —  Todd Harris said what everyone has been thinking for a while: … Amen.  Team Thompson telling it how it is.  —  UPDATE: Full statement after the jump.
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.
Christiane Amanpour / CNN:
Sources confirm Israeli airstrike on Syria  —  (CNN) — Israeli aircraft carried out an airstrike inside Syria last week, possibly targeting weapons that were destined for Hezbollah militants, according to sources in the region and in the United States.  —  Syria reported that its aircraft fired …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Waxman to probe Clinton files  —  In a concession to Republicans, House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) has promised to ask the National Archives for documents relating to President Bill Clinton's Office of Political Affairs.  —  As a result, a Democratic push …
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Frederick W. Kagan / The Corner:
Measuring the Progress of the Iraqi Security Forces
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and Angry Bear
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
US News:
Capital Commerce  —  So How Goes Bin Laden's War on the U.S. Economy?
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and Bill Hobbs
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Larry Flynt keeps Vitter in his crosshairs
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Mark Warner announcing plans Thursday
Atrios / Eschaton:
My Theory  —  There are probably lots of contributing factors …
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Officials Cite Danger in Revealing Detainee Data
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Discussion: TalkLeft and WorkingForChange
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus Concedes Drawdown Depends on Deployment Length
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
U.S.: Saudis Still Filling Al Qaeda's Coffers
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Amanda / Think Progress:
National Review: Don't. Ever. Leave.
The Smoking Gun:
Six Held In West Virginia Torture Horror
Discussion: Orcinus and Don Surber
Daniel Pipes / New York Sun:
America's Crash Course On Islam
Martin Amis / Times of London:
9/11 and the cult of death