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10:00 AM ET, September 13, 2007


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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.
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Tonight, the Petraeus plan becomes the Bush plan
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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 …
Huffington Post:
First Online-Only Candidate Mashup  —  The Associated Press reports on the online mashup sponsored by Yahoo!, Slate Magazine and the Huffington Post....
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.
Beldar /
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
Wall Street Journal:
Hsu Sent Suicide Note Before Disappearance  —  Before Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu skipped a court hearing and temporarily vanished last week, he typed out a suicide note and sent copies to several acquaintances and charitable organizations, according to people who received it.
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.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
A Bundle of Nerves  —  HSU ARE THEY?  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton previously supported campaign-finance reform proposals that would have required immediate and full transparency of donor names involved in bundling of political donations.  But now Clinton has ordered that none of the 200 …
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:
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 …
Discussion: Secure Computing, QandO and Daimnation!
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 (12174) |  Play (20570) Download (5610) |
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
USA Today:
$8B in pork clogs U.S. infrastructure plans  —  WASHINGTON — Six weeks after a fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse prompted criticism of federal spending priorities, the Senate approved a transportation and housing bill Wednesday containing at least $2 billion for pet projects that include …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
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Consultant Probed in Bogus Interview
Agence France Presse:
US health insurance costs rise nearly twice as fast as pay
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael McKenna / The Australian:
Journalist warns of Muslim backlash over 'delayed' visa
Discussion: Harry's Place
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.
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
Public Gives Bush Slight Reprieve
A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Giuliani: Clinton Spewing 'Political Venom' on Iraq
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Horses Mouth:
Okay, if this isn't portrayed as a major gaffe, with wall …