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6:50 AM ET, September 13, 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.
James Glanz / New York Times:
Compromise on Oil Law in Iraq Seems to Be Collapsing  —  A carefully constructed compromise on a draft law governing Iraq's rich oil fields, agreed to in February after months of arduous talks among Iraqi political groups, appears to have collapsed.  The apparent breakdown comes just as Congress …
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
President Petraeus?  Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition  —  The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time.
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Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
U.S.-IRAQ: Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge  —  In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus …
Discussion: Corrente
Reuters:
Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed on Wednesday to block former Solicitor General Theodore Olson from becoming attorney general if President George W. Bush nominates him to replace Alberto Gonzales.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
DNI McConnell: I Lied To The Senate  —  Earlier this week, in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell claimed the new expansive FISA legislation passed by Congress prior to the August recess …
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Newsweek:
Spy Master Admits Error  —  Intel czar Mike McConnell told Congress a new law helped bring down a terror plot.  The facts say otherwise.  —  In a new embarrassment for the Bush administration top spymaster, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is withdrawing an assertion …
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.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Tears Apart Petraeus' Dog and Pony Show  —  Last night Jon Stewart did what the media fails to do: namely, take General Petraeus' long record of rosey predictions into account when judging the accuracy and objectivity of his report on Iraq.  —  Download (9624) |  Play (14967) Download (4444) |
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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 …
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The Corner:
A woman's right to Hsu's  —  I know what Mark Hemingway means when he praises the MSM coverage of the Hsu/Clinton scandal, but honestly, the difference between Democrat and Republican scandal fever is very telling.  I loved the New York Times headline:
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and The Caucus
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Deutsche Welle:
Austria Arrests Three in Latest Islamist Terror Plot in Europe  —  Austria became the latest European country to grapple with the threat of terrorism as it arrested three people with links to al Qaeda who posted an online video threatening attacks against Austria and Germany.
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
Public Gives Bush Slight Reprieve  —  U.S. War Dissatisfaction Eases a Bit,  —  But Opinion Favors Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — Public discontent with the Iraq war has eased slightly, a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll shows, suggesting President Bush may have a little more maneuvering room …
The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Challenge to Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Analysis Finds Hundreds of Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears  —  WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists …
Washington Post:
Democrats Push Toward Middle On Iraq Policy  —  Democratic leaders in Congress have decided to shift course and pursue modest bipartisan measures to alter U.S. military strategy in Iraq, hoping to use incremental changes instead of aggressive legislation to break the grip Republicans have held over the direction of war policy.
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Beldar / beldar.blogs.com:
Do you care if national security criminal Sandy Berger is re-embraced by The Triangulatrix?  —  This is a story about a buffoon who became one of our nation's top national security officials, and then became a confessed national security criminal.  His probation ended last week …
Michelle Malkin:
Vandalism.  Desecration.  Cowardice.  Coddling.  Enough is enough.  —  Bryan Preston and I went down to Washington to document the recent damage at the Vietnam War Memorial, first reported by Free Republic members.  Photos do not do it justice.  Here's our video:  —  Transcript of our report:
 
 
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Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
English invades Russian language
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Michael McKenna / The Australian:
Journalist warns of Muslim backlash over 'delayed' visa
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Multi-National Force:
Statement from Multi-National Force - Iraq, regarding ethno-sectarian murders
Discussion: Hoystory and QandO
Jake Thompson / Omaha World-Herald:
Kerrey promises decision shortly
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Wall Street Journal:
Hsu Sent Suicide Note Before Disappearance
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Video on WSJ.com: James Taranto …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Farewell to Alms, final session
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The Corner:
Manekin Pis dries up
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Peter Wehner / National Review Online:
After the Hill Surge  —  General David Petraeus and Ambassador …
ABCNEWS:
Iran Linked to Iraq Rocket Attack
Obama'08:
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Turning the Page in Iraq
The Politico:
MoveOn's 'Betray Us' ad a smart move
BBC:
Led Zeppelin confirm reunion gig