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6:45 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.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Commanding Heights of Op-Ed Pages
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
Media watchdog: Conservative columnists rule!
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Think Progress:
Two Of Seven Soldiers Who Wrote New York Times Op-Ed Die In Iraq  —  On Aug. 19, seven active duty soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division wrote an op-ed in The New York Times called "The War As We Saw It."  The piece expressed skepticism about "recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable":
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Fathers Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq Hail Sons for Speaking Out in 'NYT' Op-Ed
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Ezra Klein
Amir Efrati / Law Blog:   The O.C. — Law School Edition
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'
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid vowed on Wednesday to block former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson from becoming attorney general if President George W. Bush nominates him to replace Alberto Gonzales.
New York Times:
Bush Nearing Choice to Lead Justice Dept.
Patrick Leahy / Los Angeles Times:
The next attorney general should unite, not divide
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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: Yahoo! News, The Politico and The Swamp
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Mark Warner to Announce Senate Plans Thursday
Eye /
McCain Iraq blogger conference call  —  "If you are not tough enough to repudiate a scurrilous attack, I don't know how you are tough enough to be President."  —  Matt Lewis.  He asks about where the other GOP candidates are on the surge. … Jennifer Rubin.  "Do you sense a stiffening of the spine?"
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.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman Begs Petraeus to Invade Iran: Updated: Cheney Gloats  —  Watch HolyJoe practically beg General Petraeus to attack Iran at yesterday's briefing.  Lieberman looks like he's about to cry when Petraeus rebuffs him.  —  Download (876) |  Play (1309) Download (399) |  Play (740)
Discussion: FP Passport
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's highly provocative "Petraeus/Betray Us" ad in The New York Times on Sept. 10, the online group will have seen …
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Thompson Says He's No Churchgoer, Won't Tout Religion on Stump  —  Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) — Republican presidential contender Fred Thompson, who has based his campaign on appealing to conservative voters, said he isn't a regular churchgoer and doesn't plan to speak about his religion on the stump.
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Turning the Page in Iraq  —  A few months ago, I met a woman who told me her nephew was leaving for Iraq.  As she started to tell me about how much she'd miss him and how worried she was about him, she began to cry.  "I can't breathe,' she said. "
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  MR. SNOW: (Enters to applause.)  Well, let me say, back at you.  Let me start on an unusual note for a press briefing, just to give a lot of thanks to a lot of people, and I want to start with you.  —  This job has been the most fun I have ever had, the most satisfying, fulfilling job.
Discussion: Washington Wire and First Draft
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I Don't Care About Your Pony Plan for Iraq
Iran Linked to Iraq Rocket Attack
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Robin McDowell / Associated Press:
Powerful earthquake kills 5 in Indonesia
Discussion: New York Times
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
Aoife McCarthy / The Politico:
Tony Snow says farewell to White House
Washington Post:
A Vote the District Deserves
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
CBS News Gets Snippy When Fact Checked
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Institutional Bias towards more war
Noah Pollak / The Corner:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Michael Yon:
Hunting al Qaeda, Part I of III
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
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