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4:00 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 …
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
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
New York Times:
U.S. Confirms Israeli Strikes Hit Syrian Target Last Week  —  After days of silence from the Israeli government, American officials confirmed Tuesday that Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes inside Syria last week, the first such attack since 2003.  —  A Defense Department official …
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 …
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."
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.
Discussion: Attytood
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Richard Valdmanis / Reuters:
Oil hits record $80 on tight supply  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices vaulted to a record high $80 a barrel on Wednesday as dealers focused on tight inventories in top consumer the United States ahead of peak winter demand.  —  A rash of fires at BP's oil fields in Alaska's North Slope added …
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.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Petraeus: Iran Trying to Bolster Influence in Iraq  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, accused Iran today of seeking to "create a Hezbollah-like force" in Iraq to exert Tehran's influence there, but denied that he was preparing the ground for a U.S. attack on Iran.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
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David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
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Fester / The Newshoggers:
Institutional Bias towards more war
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
Larry Craig Praises Petraeus, Claims U.S. "Making Progress On The Ground"
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses three more aides
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Associated Press:
Russia tests 'dad of all bombs'
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
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Discussion: Law Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama adviser worries Israel supporters
Kim Chipman / Bloomberg:
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