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11:10 AM ET, September 12, 2007

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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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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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Assault on Petraeus  —  There is a long American tradition of savaging failed generals, from George McClellan to William Westmoreland.  It is a more novel tactic to attack a successful one.  Sen. Dick Durbin accuses Gen. David Petraeus of "carefully manipulating the statistics."
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
'No magic switches to flip in Iraq,' ambassador says
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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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 …
NY Daily News:
Team Clinton can't explain ignoring warnings on Hsu  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's campaign couldn't explain yesterday why it blew off warnings about felon-turned-fund-raiser Norman Hsu - and the Daily News learned FBI agents are collecting e-mail evidence in the widening scandal.
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
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and Daily Pundit
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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".
Brandon Friedman / Daily Kos:
Two of the Seven NYT Op-Ed Soldiers Have Died in Iraq  —  Two of the seven soldiers who wrote the New York Times op-ed piece criticizing U.S. counterinsurgency strategy 3 ½ weeks ago have been killed in Iraq.  Yance T. Gray and Omar Mora died Monday in a vehicle accident in Baghdad.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Horses Mouth
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KHOU-TV:
Texas City soldier killed outside Baghdad
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
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: The Atlantic Online and alicublog
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.
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Woolsey calls for attacks on colleagues  —  Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) is encouraging anti-war activists to find challengers to centrist Democrats, with the aim of moving the party to the left and ramping up opposition to the war in Iraq, to the chagrin of top Democratic aides.
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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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
WHAT PETRAEUS MEANS FOR DEMOCRATS:  —  In a press conference after a meeting with George W. Bush today, Democratic leaders talked tough about the Iraq war.  But one aggressive reporter, who didn't identify himself, asked Nancy Pelosi a quite pointed question: Given that it now appears likely …
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 …
Daniel Engber / Slate:
Global Swarming  —  IS IT TIME FOR AMERICANS TO START CUTTING OUR BABY EMISSIONS?  —  Oh, if we all just disappeared.  According to The World Without Us, Alan Weisman's strangely comforting vision of human annihilation, the Earth would be a lot better off.
 
 
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Gary Kamiya / Salon:
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