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4:10 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
Discussion: Brian Beutler and Don Surber
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 …
Setback for Bush as key US ally dies in Iraq
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Clinton, Pelosi, Greenspan, Bloomberg, Gates, Annan Also Say Interviews 'Fakes'  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Former President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates …
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 …
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.
Paul Weyrich /
The Thompson Campaign  —  At last Fred D. Thompson is in the race.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Lindsay Renick Mayer / Capital Eye:
The Other Iraq Surge  —  A sharp increase in contributions from the military to Democrats suggests the Republican commander-in-chief and his party are losing the troops' support.  —  Assessed favorably this week by the war's lead general, the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq appears to be causing …
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 …
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
Mother Jones:
Crocker's Fuzzy Economics  —  NEWS: Ambassador Ryan Crocker had tough marching orders this week: Spin the political and economic chaos of Iraq into something that sounds like progress.  But even the mild gains Crocker professed don't stand up to close scrutiny.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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.
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.
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
Hsu letter appeared to be suicide note  —  The fundraiser sent it on the day of his second disappearance.  In it, he apologized to those to whom he donated.  —  On the day he disappeared, Norman Hsu, the disgraced fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign …
Rasmussen Reports:
43% Support Petraeus Recommendation, 38% Oppose  —  Forty-three percent (43%) of Americans favor the recommendation made by General David Petraeus to withdraw 30,000 soldiers from Iraq but leave 130,000 troops in place at least through the summer.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wake up America
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
A New Strain of Anti-Semitism is Spreading  —  Who recently said: "These Jews started 19 Crusades.  The 19th was World War (1).  Why?  Only to build Israel."  —  Some holdover Nazi?  —  Hardly.  It was former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan of Turkey, a NATO ally.
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Timothy Garton Ash / Los Angeles Times:
Battleground Europe  —  The Continent is a front line in the war …
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama: Congress Won't Challenge Bush
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Discussion: CNN and The Influence Peddler
Editor and Publisher:
As Bush Prepares for 'Surge' Address Tonight: Here Is What He Promised …
Discussion: Think Progress and D-Day
Los Angeles Times:
We're losing in Afghanistan too  —  Contra Donald Rumsfeld's …
El Paso Times:
Security chief says terrorists have been arrested on Texas border
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mark Trevelyan / Reuters:
Talking to al Qaeda? Don't rule it out, some say
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
N. Korea, Syria May Be at Work on Nuclear Facility
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