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5:25 PM ET, September 13, 2007


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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
Faiz / Think Progress:
Sattar Abu Risha
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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 …
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" …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
UC Irvine aborts hiring Chemerinsky as law school dean  —  The constitutional scholar says university officials told him the deal was off to head the new school because he was too 'politically controversial.'  —  In a showdown over academic freedom, a prominent legal scholar said Wednesday …
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
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: Wake up America and protein wisdom
Christopher Jencks / New York Review of Books:
The Immigration Charade  —  State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America  —  America's ongoing argument about immigration has followed a fairly consistent sequence for three decades.  Each round begins with news reports about the fact that thousands of new immigrants are settling here illegally every week.
Discussion: The Corner
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
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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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
188 More Species Listed as Near Extinction
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Think Progress
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
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 and Taylor Marsh
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
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
N. Korea, Syria May Be at Work on Nuclear Facility
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Hsu letter appeared to be suicide note
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Edwards buys ad to rebut Bush on Iraq
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal
Richard Miniter: