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6:05 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 …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
COMPLAINT FILED WITH FEC OVER BETRAY US AD  —  Guess what I did at lunch?  That's right, I petitioned my government for redress of grievances, specifically illegal political advertising practices by the New York Times and  We are all well aware of the sorry political advertisement calling the General a traitor.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
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 …
Marc Lynch / American Prospect:
Sunni World  —  The cheerleaders for the surge have constructed a Disney-esque fantasy of Iraq which might as well be in Orlando for all it has to do with the grim reality on the ground.  And Abu Risha's assassination isn't likely to dim that fantasy.  —  During his visit to Iraq last week …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TPMmuckraker
Key US ally dies in Iraq
Faiz / Think Progress:
Sattar Abu Risha
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Dems Demand Boehner Apologize For "Small Price" Troop Deaths Remark  —  Okay, here we go.  —  Democratic leaders are now opening fire on GOP House leader John Boehner, demanding that he apologize for saying in an interview yesterday that troop deaths in Iraq would be a "small price" …
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
If I Could Turn Back Time, Or, When Reality Intrudes...
Discussion: Open Left and Riehl World View
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.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama: Congress Won't Challenge Bush  —  MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Despite the unpopularity of the Iraq war, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama predicted Thursday that Congress won't directly challenge President Bush's plans and will focus instead on putting a ceiling on the number of troops deployed to that country.
Discussion: Daily Kos, TalkLeft and Taylor Marsh
George Bennett / Q: The Florida Politics Blog:
FRED: NOT SURE ABOUT NATIONAL CAT FUND, SCHIAVO  —  THE VILLAGES — Republican Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, addressing some Florida-specific questions for a Tampa Bay-area cable program, says he doesn't have an opinion about a national catastrophic insurance fund or the 2005 congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.
Editor and Publisher:
As Bush Prepares for 'Surge' Address Tonight: Here Is What He Promised in January Speech  —  NEW YORK With President Bush reportedly ready to endorse a full continuation of the "surge" in Iraq through next summer in a speech to the nation tonight, a look back at what he promised in his address …
Doug Kendall / Slate:
CALIFORNIA VOTERS CAN'T CHANGE THE 2008 ELECTION RULES ON THEIR OWN.  —  Republican presidential candidates are crossing the country promising voters that they'll pick judges who will be "strict constructionists" of the U.S. Constitution.  Meanwhile, Republican activists in California …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and BartBlog
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
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 …
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.
El Paso Times:
Security chief says terrorists have been arrested on Texas border  —  DALLAS - Texas' top homeland security official said Wednesday that terrorists with ties to Hezbollah, Hamas and al-Qaida have been arrested crossing the Texas border with Mexico in recent years.  —  "Has there ever been anyone linked to terrorism arrested?"
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Christopher Jencks / New York Review of Books:
The Immigration Charade  —  State of Emergency: The Third World …
Discussion: The Corner
Bob Moser / The Nation:
Kentucky at War  —  Carol Trainer could hardly process what was happening.
Tim Graham / Media Research Center:
Huffington's House of Horrors
Discussion: and Hot Air
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Timothy Garton Ash / Los Angeles Times:
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
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