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9:20 AM ET, September 12, 2007

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The Nation:
Petraeus: I "Don't Know" If Iraq War Makes U.S. Safer  —  Did General David Petraeus today suggest that the war in Iraq may not make the United States safer?  —  During his second day of appearances on Capitol Hill, Petraeus this afternoon appeared before the Senate armed services committee.
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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 …
Ralph Peters / USA Today:
Peace amid the ruins
Discussion: PrestoPundit and RADAMISTO
Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani support is soft in key battlegrounds, poll finds  —  Although former N.Y. mayor is GOP leader, a new Times/Bloomberg survey shows him trailing in three early states.  Clinton maintains solid lead among Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — "America's Mayor" Rudolph Giuliani has been well ahead …
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Washington Post:
Giuliani's GOP Lead Shrinks in New Poll  —  Ex-Mayor's Numbers At a Low for the Year  —  Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to lead the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but he has seen a dramatic erosion in his support, which now stands at its lowest point of the year …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Sees Fear Realized in Trouble With Donor  —  Of all the possible vulnerabilities facing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton has long believed that the one of the biggest was money, friends and advisers say.  Some sort of fund-raising scandal that would echo …
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Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Rival charges Hillary Clinton turned blind eye to Hsu's past
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Waxman to probe Clinton files
CNN:
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.
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US News:
Capital Commerce  —  So How Goes Bin Laden's War on the U.S. Economy?
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and Bill Hobbs
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 …
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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
Reuters:
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.
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.
The Independent:
The 'proxy war': UK troops are sent to Iranian border  —  British soldiers return to action as tensions between US and Iran grow  —  British forces have been sent from Basra to the volatile border with Iran amid warnings from the senior US commander in Iraq that Tehran is fomenting a "proxy war".
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 …
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
'60s Figure Says He Financed Donor Hsu  —  Where did Norman Hsu get his money?  —  That has been one of the big questions hanging over the prominent Democratic fund-raiser, as reports have surfaced about hundreds of thousands of dollars he made in political donations, plus lavish parties …
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 …
Discussion: alicublog
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
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.
 
 
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Jeff Emanuel / Weekly Standard:
On the Road in Samarra  —  Another mission is accomplished north of Baghdad.
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Melanie Phillips / Melanie Phillips's Diary:
Nous accusons!  —  Tomorrow, an appeal starts in Paris in a case …
New York Times:
Bush Nearing Choice to Lead Justice Dept.
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Owen West / Opinion Journal:
Our New National Divide  —  America's soldiers are committed to the war.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Frederick W. Kagan / The Corner:
Measuring the Progress of the Iraqi Security Forces
Discussion: Angry Bear and Blogs for Bush
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Woolsey calls for attacks on colleagues
Associated Press:
Guantanamo detainees tell of abuses
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Officials Cite Danger in Revealing Detainee Data
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
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Discussion: TalkLeft and WorkingForChange
Amanda / Think Progress:
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Chris Mortensen / ESPN:
Sources: Goodell determines Pats broke rules by taping Jets' signals