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9:10 AM ET, September 13, 2007

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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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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:
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tonight, the Petraeus plan becomes the Bush plan  —  President Bush, announcing the "surge'' in a nationally televised addressed from the library of the White House in January, said: "The year ahead will demand more patience, sacrifice, and resolve.'' White House photo
Discussion: The Politico
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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 …
Discussion: Wizbang and Outside The Beltway
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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 (11081) |  Play (18046) Download (5132) |
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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.
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
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 …
Discussion: Secure Computing, QandO and Daimnation!
New York Times:
Limited Pullout Is Middle Way on Iraq, Bush Will Say  —  When top Democratic leaders visited him at the White House this week, President Bush told them he wanted to "find common ground" on Iraq.  But when the president said he planned to "start doing some redeployment," the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, cut him off.
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.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House candidates split over Iraq strategy  —  For the Democrats, pictured in an MSNBC debate setting, and for Republicans, the newest administration stance on the war in Iraq will provide a fine line of demarcation for a campaign trail debate ahead.  MSNBC photo/AP.  —  by John McCormick and Christi Parsons
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Annette Haddad / Los Angeles Times:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Agence France Presse:
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Syria closes its doors to Iraqis
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2 Years After Narrow Victory, Germany's Merkel Cruises on Her Popularity
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Michael McKenna / The Australian:
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 Earlier Items: 
Multi-National Force:
Statement from Multi-National Force - Iraq, regarding ethno-sectarian murders
Discussion: Hoystory and QandO
Wall Street Journal:
Hsu Sent Suicide Note Before Disappearance
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Farewell to Alms, final session
Discussion: Centerfield
The Corner:
Manekin Pis dries up
Discussion: five feet of fury.
Michelle Malkin:
Vandalism. Desecration. Cowardice. Coddling. Enough is enough.
A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Giuliani: Clinton Spewing 'Political Venom' on Iraq
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Ted Olson and the Pushovers