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12:20 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.
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Frank James / Baltimore Sun:
Media watchdog: Conservative columnists rule!
Discussion: The Sideshow
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.
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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 …
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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David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Ted Olson and the Pushovers  —  Why is it that foulmouthed left-wing bloggers seem to be the only people who have noticed that there's a peculiar set of political rules ruling the Beltway, particularly within media circles, these days?  —  Here's what we've noticed: For some reason …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TalkLeft
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 …
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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 (5050) |  Play (7002) Download (1997) |
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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 …
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 …
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 …
Aoife McCarthy / The Politico:
Tony Snow says farewell to White House  —  Tony Snow's last on-camera press briefing as White House press secretary is underway.  —  Snow opened the briefing by saying: "This job is the most fun I have ever had."  —  He started his thanks by naming his predecessor Scott McClellan, and joked about his early days.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Set to Challenge Bush Iraq Plan
Discussion: The Swamp
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: unbossed.com and Corrente
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Amanda / Think Progress:   CBS Defends Katie Couric's Iraq 'Puff Pieces': Bloggers Are 'Not Intelligent'
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 …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
New York Times:
Obama Offers Most Extensive Plan Yet for Winding Down War  —  Senator Barack Obama yesterday presented his most extensive plan yet for winding down the war in Iraq, proposing to withdraw all combat brigades by the end of next year while leaving behind an unspecified smaller force to strike at terrorists …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
 
 
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A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Giuliani: Clinton Spewing 'Political Venom' on Iraq
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Gateway Pundit:
Iranian Intel Officer & Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Same Iraq Raid!
Chris Dodd for President:
Dodd blasts Obama, Clinton on Iraq
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hsustock!  —  Looking for the perfect scandal name for the Norman Hsu scandal?
Discussion: Associated Press
Matthew Sheffield / NewsBusters.org:
Announcing 'NewsBusted' Comedy Webcast
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
ABCNEWS:
Iran Linked to Iraq Rocket Attack
Obama'08:
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama: Turning the Page in Iraq
 Earlier Items: 
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman Begs Petraeus to Invade Iran: Updated: Cheney Gloats
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Romney challenges rivals' experience
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Boston Globe
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Chris Shays: We're there for the oil
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
Washington Post:
A Vote the District Deserves
Noah Pollak / The Corner:
Plagiarism at the HuffPo  —  Most of us are used to a certain level …
Washington Post:
Former Va. Gov. Warner Set to Seek Senate Seat