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2:30 PM ET, September 13, 2007


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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
TIMES GIVES LEFTIES A HEFTY DISCOUNT FOR 'BETRAY US' AD  —  The New York Times dramatically slashed its normal rates for a full-page advertisement for's ad questioning the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.  —  Headlined "Cooking the Books …
New York Post:
SEN. CLINTON'S SLUR  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday found herself positioned firmly to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding that disgusting New York Times/MoveOn "General Betray Us" attack on Gen. David Petraeus' integrity.  —  That's not an enviable position for a woman who's trying …
Washington Post:
Petraeus Returns to War That Is Now His Own  —  He sat absolutely still as members of Congress discussed his credibility and patriotism.  His face did not twitch.  He did not nod or frown or smile.  Not a single muscle moved.  He was as impassive as a boot-camp recruit resisting a drill sergeant's provocations.
Zzaki / Political Punch:
Does Ideology Matter in NYT ads?  —  After I reported earlier in the week on the controversy surrounding the ad in the New York Times (LINK), some conservative bloggers seized upon my reporting that claims to have paid about $65,000 for the full-page ad.
National / Homeland Security National Terror Alert:
Camouflaged Man Armed With A Loaded AK-47 Arrested In Dearborn Park  —  A 26-year-old Dearborn resident, Houssein Zorkot, was arraigned in 19th District Court Tuesday on several felony charges, including carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.  —  Zorkot, a third-year medical student …
Dearborn Press and Guide-Heritage …:
Man with AK-47 assault rifle arrested after leaving Dearborn's Hemlock Park  —  DEARBORN - Houssein Zorkot, a 26-year-old Dearborn resident, was arraigned Tuesday in 19th District Court on multiple felony charges, including carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent — a five-year felony.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Michigan "Sniper" is a Shia Blogger UPDATE: "The Start of My Personal Jihad"
Discussion: Hot Air
Little Green Footballs:
Sudden Jihad in Dearborn
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Abu Aardvark:
Abu Risha murdered  —  I was in the middle of putting the finishing touches on an short piece about Iraqi Sunni politics due out later today when I got an urgent flash that Abd al-Sattar Abu Risha had been murdered in Anbar.  Nothing could have been more predictable than the murder of Abu Risha …
Washington Post:
Sheik Risha Killed in Bomb Attack in Iraq  —  Iraqi tribal leader Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, a key figure in U.S. efforts to turn local residents against al-Qaeda in the restive Anbar province, was killed today by a roadside bomb, U.S. military and Iraqi sources confirmed.
Top Sunni Sheik Killed in IED Attack
Discussion: Think Progress
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Is a Fred Thompson Campaign Necessary?  —  Fred Thompson's plunge into the presidential pool — more belly-flop than swan dive — was the strangest product launch since that of New Coke in 1985.  Then the question was: Is this product necessary?  A similar question stumped Thompson the day he plunged.
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Researcher: Bin Laden's beard is real, video is not  —  On the Friday before the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Osama bin Laden appeared in a new video, his first since prior to the U.S. presidential elections in 2004.  In analyzing the video, Neal Krawetz of Hactor Factor, an expert on digital image forensics …
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Pelosi, Greenspan, Bloomberg, Gates, Annan Also Say Interviews 'Fakes'  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan …
Richard Miniter:
BERGER'S COMEBACK  —  As many of you know, Clinton's National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and I no longer get along.  —  Once a cordial and helpful source, Berger turned on me in January 2002 when the first installment of a Sunday Times (U.K.) series that I co-wrote appeared.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hsus And Socks  —  by the company he chooses ... and the pig got …
Discussion: Wizbang
Think Progress:
Boehner: Troop deaths in Iraq are 'a small price.'  —  In an interview on CNN today, Wolf Blitzer asked House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) about "the Americans who are killed every month" in Iraq and "how much longer" the "military commitment is going to require?"
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal  —  Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush administration's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John Rizzo's nomination has stalled because of concerns about his views on the treatment of terrorism suspects.
Kos / Daily Kos:
CT-Sen: Lamont would win rematch  —  Daily Kos commissioned the following poll from independent pollster Research 2000:  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 9/10-12.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (No trend lines) … Lieberman won 50-40-10 in 2006, so the poll tracks closely.
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
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The Corner:
The Senator Has a Point  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
How secure are you?  —  Petraeus' empty words and the real terror threat.
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