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4:35 PM 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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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":
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Commanding Heights of Op-Ed Pages
Discussion: The New Republic and alicublog
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Fathers Of Soldiers Killed In Iraq Hail Sons for Speaking Out in 'NYT' Op-Ed
Discussion: Think Progress
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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
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 …
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."
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Brian Leiter / Brian Leiter's Law School Reports:
New UC Irvine Law School Hires Chemerinsky as Dean, Then Fires Him for Political Reasons  —  I have all of the following from a reliable source.  —  About a week ago, Erwin Chemerinsky, the well-known constitutional law scholar at Duke, signed a contract to be the inaugural Dean …
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Amir Efrati / Law Blog:
The O.C. — Law School Edition
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Best of Luck to Tony Snow  —  This is Tony Snow's last day at the White House, and it's a good time to say he is a class act and wish him well.  —  I do not agree with many things he says, and suspect some of them he does not agree with either, but must say because of his position.
Discussion: The Swamp and Sister Toldjah
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Aoife McCarthy / The Politico:   Tony Snow says farewell to White House
BBC:
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.
Washington Post:
A Vote the District Deserves  —  The four of us serve in different houses of Congress and are members of different parties.  We do not always share political goals or co-sponsor the same legislation.  We have, however, worked hard on a historic bill to ensure that the nearly 600,000 Americans …
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 …
Noah Pollak / The Corner:
Plagiarism at the HuffPo  —  Most of us are used to a certain level of crackpottery over at the Huffington Post, where many of the bloggers are, to put it lightly, possessed of some silly political ideas: Cindy Sheehan ranting about the Bush junta, b-list celebrities lecturing on conservationist toilet paper use, etc.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
TERROR FIGHTIN' HILLARY....I've been actively avoiding most poll blogging until now, but with the Iowa caucuses a mere four months away it's probably time to start paying attention.  Today's LA Times poll confirmed a couple of obvious things (Hillary's ahead everywhere and Dodd, Gravel …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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.
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 MoveOn.org's highly provocative "Petraeus/Betray Us" ad in The New York Times on Sept. 10, the online group will have seen …
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
CBS News Gets Snippy When Fact Checked  —  This MoveOn.org Video on Katie Couric and CBS News' repetition of Bush Administration talking points and lack of critical reporting has stirred up quite the hornet's nest at CBS.  We posted this over the weekend, along with a number of other folks …
 
 
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Democrats: Bush troop cuts not new Iraq plan
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Ex-Chiquita Execs Won't Face Bribe Charges
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Petraeus' Subordinate: Yes, We Are Arming Sunnis
Discussion: D-Day
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Prostitute, Flynt keep pressure on Vitter
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In Speech Today, Obama Will Slam D.C. Pundits And Pols For Supporting Invasion
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Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Just in: Justice Thomas to go on 60 Minutes
Discussion: Law Blog
Mark Bauerlein / Originals:
I'm Ok, You're Not Ok  —  "Reclaim Your Rights as a Liberal Educator."
Discussion: Joe's Dartblog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama adviser worries Israel supporters
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
Thompson Says He's No Churchgoer, Won't Tout Religion on Stump