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2:50 PM ET, September 14, 2007


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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.
Michael V. Drake / Los Angeles Times:
Why I let Chemerinsky go  —  I made a management decision — not an ideological or political one — to rescind the job offer, says the UC Irvine chancellor.  —  T he University of California at Irvine over the last several months has conducted a nationwide search for the founding dean of our school of law.
The Corner:   Hire Back Chemerinksy
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   A WORD ON ERWIN CHEMERINSKY
New York Times:
A Bad Beginning in Irvine
Eric Johnston / New York Times:
Anti-Roe and Pro-Rudy  —  TO the disbelief of the political class …
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 …
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
Sunnis: "al-Qaeda is the enemy of Allah"  —  al-Qaeda has broken the faith with Muslims. al-Qaeda propaganda and the attacks on the US in the 90's and culminating with 9-11 made it seem to be a force to take on America and Western values.  It promised to return the Arab world to the pinnacle of world power.
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Shays Says He'll Not Run Again If Denied Chairmanship  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Christopher Shays said today he will not seek another congressional term unless House Republican leaders support his bid for the job of top GOP member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
MoveOn rolls out second provocative ad  —  Anti-war group is clearly embracing the maxim that there's no such thing as bad publicity.  —  Just days after the group's political action committee caused a firestorm with a full page New York Times advertisement calling Gen. David Petraeus …
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.
Thompson Suggests Congress Overreached in Schiavo Case  —  Republican Presidential Candidate Says Right-to-Die Cases Should be 'Left to Locals'  —  Former Tennessee senator and presidential hopeful Fred Thompson ventured into hazardous terrain Thursday in Florida, where he suggested Congress …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: A Surge, and Then a Stab  —  President Bush's actions have been what you'd expect from a man whose plan is to keep up appearances for the next 16 months.
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
More Than Ever, Impeachment Is the Cure  —  Last night we heard the President of the United States declare that he would refuse to allow US troops to come home from Iraq until they achieved "success" as he and only he defined success.  "Return on success," he told the troops, adding that …
USA Today:
Smiley: GOP candidates ignore minorities  —  WASHINGTON — Three of the four leading Republican presidential candidates turned down invitations to a PBS debate this month at a historically black college in Baltimore, leading moderator Tavis Smiley on Thursday to accuse them of ignoring minority voters.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
A Humbled President  —  He seemed almost broken to me.  His voice raspy, his eyes watery, his affect exhausted, his facial expression almost bewildered.  I thought I would feel angry; but I found myself verging toward pity.  The case was so weak, the argument so thin …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Shaheen To Run Against GOP Senator Sununu In New Hampshire  —  Big news out of New Hampshire: A new report says that former governor Jeanne Shaheen has decided to seek a rematch against vulnerable incumbent GOP Senator John Sununu.  This morning's Union Leader says it has the story:
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Susan Estrich / Fox News:
Left Attack on Petraeus Poses Problem for Democrats
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: U.S. 'getting things right in Iraq'
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Subject to Debat: What did ABC Know and When Did It Know It?
Discussion: Attytood
The Atlantic Online:
Man from Mars perspective on tonight's speeches
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Judge to rule on group's terrorist-link status
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The Inaccuracy of Kathy Griffin's Remarks on Jesus
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
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