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10:35 AM ET, September 14, 2007


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New York Times:
Text of the President's Address  —  Following is the prepared text of President Bush's address on Iraq, as provided by the White House:  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.  In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
BUSH'S APPALLING IRAQ SPEECH.  —  President Bush's TV address tonight was the worst speech he's ever given on the war in Iraq, and that's saying a lot.  Every premise, every proposal, nearly every substantive point was sheer fiction.  The only question is whether he was being deceptive or delusional.
Washington Post:
The Least Bad Plan  —  PRESIDENT BUSH'S explanation of his latest plans for Iraq last night was marred by a couple of important omissions.  First, the president failed to acknowledge that, according to the standards he himself established in January, the surge of U.S. troops into Iraq has been a failure …
New York Times:
No Exit, No Strategy  —  This was the week in which Americans hoped they would get straight talk and clear thinking on Iraq.  What they got was two exhausting days of Congressional testimony by the American military commander, hours of news conferences and interviews, clouds of cut …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Multiple Messages and Audiences  —  President Bush addressed three very different audiences on Thursday night, and he had to hope that each would hear a different message.  —  To an American public overwhelmingly searching for an exit from Iraq, Mr. Bush said that he was now ready to take his first …
Discussion: Corrente, Prairie Weather and Althouse
Booman Tribune:
Washington Post Endorses PermaWar
Discussion: Corrente
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
A Look at Bush's Assertions About Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and PoliBlog (TM)
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Bush redefines 'victory'
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Number of Soldiers to Be Left in Iraq Remains Unclear
Opinion Journal:
Borking Mr. Olson  —  President Reid gives AG orders to the White House.  —  Not content with having run Attorney General Alberto Gonzales out of town, the Democratic posse on Capitol Hill is already gunning for his replacement—even before he's nominated.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales Ready to Leave the Stage
Discussion: Law Blog
Ronald A. Cass / Real Clear Politics:   Dems Try to Choose Bush's Attorney General
The Prowler / American Spectator:
The New York Times MovesOn  —  The New York Times in the past has rejected "advocacy" ads from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, as well as from the National Right to Life Committee, despite the fact that both would have qualified for the same "special advocacy, stand by" rates that the radical …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hsustock: The Definition Of Insanity  —  If the definition of insanity is repeating the same actions over and over despite consistent failure, then the American judiciary needs a shrink when it comes to Norman Hsu.  Despite having run out on his sentencing for a nolo contendere plea on fraud 15 years ago …
Sonya Geis / Washington Post:
Scholars Decry Law School's About-Face on New Dean  —  Scholars across the political spectrum protested what they called an assault on academic freedom after the University of California at Irvine withdrew a job offer from a liberal professor who wrote an op-ed criticizing the Bush administration.
The Corner:   Hire Back Chemerinksy
RIA Novosti:
U.S. develops 14-ton super bomb, bigger than Russian vacuum bomb  —  The U.S. has a 14-ton super bomb more destructive than the vacuum bomb just tested by Russia, a U.S. general said Wednesday.  —  The statement was made by retired Lt. General McInerney, chairman of the Iran Policy Committee …
Las Vegas's source for breaking news …:
Police Say O.J. Simpson Questioned In Hotel Theft  —  Las Vegas Police Say Hotel Break-In Involved Sports Memorabilia  —  LAS VEGAS — Metro police confirmed early Friday morning that O.J. Simpson was questioned in connection to a theft at the Palace Station Casino.
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Presidential politics |  Women key in '08  —  Undecided black women's votes will control outcome of Democratic presidential primary, poll finds  —  The key to winning South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary will be winning over undecided black women, a new poll suggests.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and TIME
The Blotter:
Foley Unlikely to Be Prosecuted; Lewd Internet Messages Too Old  —  Vic Walter and Krista Kjellman Report:  —  Disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley, whose e-mails and instant messages to teenage former congressional pages shocked the country, may avoid criminal prosecution in Florida …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Move to the center  —  President Bush's speech on Iraq last night …
Discussion: Eschaton
Washington Post:
Facing Tough Reelection Bids, GOP Moderates React With Concern
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: A Surge, and Then a Stab
Lauren Green / Fox News:
The Inaccuracy of Kathy Griffin's Remarks on Jesus
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The President Asserted Progress on Security and Political Issues.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
On the Nation's TVs, A Familiar Picture
John R. Emshwiller / Wall Street Journal:
For Clinton, 2000 Fund-Raising Controversy Lingers
Chris / TVNewser:
Edwards Pays And Waits
Discussion: Redstate
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Ex-ABC consultant said to fake interview
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
N.J.'s Corzine to Defy New Health-Care Rules
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BEST CARE EVERYWHERE....As regular readers may know …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Just the Facts  —  Gen. Petraeus brings some clarity to the Iraq debate.
Discussion: GINA COBB
Chris Edwards / TCS Daily:
FREDeralism!  —  There has been a void in the Republican presidential race.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Shaheen to run for Senate