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10:45 AM 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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!
Fawaz A. Gerges / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: The Swamp and Dr. Sanity
Washington Post:
Sheik Risha Killed in Bomb Attack in Iraq  —  Iraqi tribal leader Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, a key figure in U.S. efforts to turn local residents against al-Qaeda in the restive Anbar province, was killed today by a roadside bomb, U.S. military and Iraqi sources confirmed.
Discussion: Three Wise Men
Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press:
Police: Bomb kills sheik working with US
Discussion: Abu Aardvark and Publius Pundit
Senate 2008 Guru:
Mark Warner for U.S. Senate  — Virginia: He's in:
Camille Paglia / Salon:
How secure are you?  —  Petraeus' empty words and the real terror threat.  Plus: Larry Craig's libidinal misstep is grounded in modern male sexuality.  —  Six years after the attack on the World Trade Center, what is the state of national security in the U.S.?
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Rocky Rollout For Thompson  —  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.
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 …
The Corner:
The Senator Has a Point  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain made the following statement today:  —  Senator Clinton said that believing General Petraeus' testimony requires a 'willing suspension of disbelief.' I think it willingly suspends disbelief to not repudiate an advertisement run …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Consultant Probed in Bogus Interview  —  Former ABC Consultant Says He Was 'Scammed' in Piece on Obama  —  A former consultant to ABC's investigative unit admitted yesterday that he put his name on a purported interview with Barack Obama that he never conducted.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Under-5 Mortality Drops to Record Low  —  The number of deaths worldwide among children under 5 dropped to a record low of 9.7 million in 2006, reflecting progress in areas such as malaria prevention, childhood immunizations and breastfeeding rates, global health officials said yesterday.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Crocker and Me  —  Ryan Crocker was pressed by Senator Carl Levin …
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Chill Out  —  Bjorn Lomborg provides a calm voice in the heated debate …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Buoyed McCain Tours Iowa With New Campaign Theme
The Prowler / American Spectator:
A Bundle of Nerves  —  HSU ARE THEY?  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham …
Huffington Post:
First Online-Only Candidate Mashup
Washington Post:
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Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael McKenna / The Australian:
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Discussion: Harry's Place
Deutsche Welle:
Austria Arrests Three in Latest Islamist Terror Plot in Europe
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The Corner:
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Tears Apart Petraeus' Dog and Pony Show