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9:30 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Huffington Post:
First Online-Only Candidate Mashup  —  The Associated Press reports on the online mashup sponsored by Yahoo!, Slate Magazine and the Huffington Post....
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
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
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:
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 (11558) |  Play (19114) Download (5333) |
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 …
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Washington Post:
Week of Antiwar Events To Start With a 'Die-In'
USA Today:
$8B in pork clogs U.S. infrastructure plans
Annette Haddad / Los Angeles Times:
Worst August for home sales in 15 years
Discussion: Calitics
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Consultant Probed in Bogus Interview
Agence France Presse:
US health insurance costs rise nearly twice as fast as pay
Petra Cahill / MSNBC:
Syria closes its doors to Iraqis
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
2 Years After Narrow Victory, Germany's Merkel Cruises on Her Popularity
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Is a Fred Thompson Campaign Necessary?
 Earlier Items: 
James Kilner / Reuters:
Skip work, make babies, says Russian governor
Washington Post:
Democrats Push Toward Middle On Iraq Policy
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