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1:15 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.
Top Sunni Sheik Killed in IED Attack  —  Sunni Sheik Leading Revolt Against al Qaeda in Iraq Killed in IED Attack  —  The Sunni sheik cooperating with the United States against al Qaeda in Iraq was killed in an improvised explosive device attack near his house in Anbar province.
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Post:
Sheik Risha Killed in Bomb Attack in Iraq
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
McConnell Retracts Dubious FISA Claim  —  This won't help Adm. Mike McConnell's flagging credibility on Capitol Hill.  On Monday, in response to questioning from Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), McConnell, the director of national intelligence, proudly claimed a victory for the new Protect America Act …
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
K St. Project has a pulse — but for Dems  —  The K Street Project is dead.  Long live the K Street Project?  —  After reclaiming the majority, Democrats took aim at the alleged campaign by the GOP to use its policymaking powers to pressure trade associations and corporations to install Republicans in top lobbying jobs.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Democrat Ethics Bill Protects Extortion by Congressional Leaders
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?"
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
Boehner's "Small Price"
Discussion: Horses Mouth and TIME: Swampland
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.
Beldar /
Do you care if national security criminal Sandy Berger is re-embraced …
Discussion: Wizbang and Outside The Beltway
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 …
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.
Miguel Helft / International Herald Tribune:
NASA gives Google founders a coveted parking place for their private jet  —  SAN FRANCISCO: In the annals of perks enjoyed by American corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an un-crowded, federally-managed runway for their private jet that is as close as can be to being in the company's own backyard.
Discussion: Don Surber, Andrew Bolt and Digg
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Los Angeles Times:
UC Irvine aborts hiring Chemerinsky as law school dean
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Greg Giroux /
Warner Redux: Democrat Seeks Seat of Retiring GOP Senator
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Edwards buys ad to rebut Bush on Iraq
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
New Zeal in Organ Procurement Raises Fears
Discussion: The Corner and Unfogged
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: Jack Goldsmith on Law, Terror and Politics
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Illegals talk alienates Giuliani
Jerusalem Post:
Report: US to attack Iran in 8-10 months
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
The Senator Has a Point  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and INSTAPUTZ
Camille Paglia / Salon:
How secure are you?  —  Petraeus' empty words and the real terror threat.
Fawaz A. Gerges / Christian Science Monitor:
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
A New Strain of Anti-Semitism is Spreading
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Consultant Probed in Bogus Interview