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11:35 AM ET, September 15, 2007


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Harriet Rubin / New York Times:
Ayn Rand's Literature of Capitalism  —  One of the most influential business books ever written is a 1,200-page novel published 50 years ago, on Oct. 12, 1957.  It is still drawing readers; it ranks 388th on's best-seller list.  ("Winning," by John F. Welch Jr., at a breezy 384 pages, is No. 1,431.)
Wall Street Journal:
Greenspan Book Criticizes Bush And Republicans  —  'They Deserved to Lose';  —  Former Fed Chief Defends  —  Pre-Bubble Rate Cuts  —  In a withering critique of his fellow Republicans, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says in his memoir that the party to which he has belonged …
New York Times:
Fed's Ex-Chief Attacks Bush on Fiscal Role  —  Alan Greenspan, who was chairman of the Federal Reserve for nearly two decades, in a long-awaited memoir, is harshly critical of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the Republican-controlled Congress, as abandoning their party's principles on spending and deficits.
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Greenspan Is Critical Of Bush in Memoir  —  Former Fed Chairman Has Praise for Clinton  —  Alan Greenspan, who served as Federal Reserve chairman for 18 years and was the leading Republican economist for the past three decades, levels unusually harsh criticism at President Bush …
Los Angeles Times:
UCI reportedly working on a deal to rehire Chemerinsky  —  Days after the legal scholar was rejected as law school dean, talks are in progress.  He is noncommittal.  —  UC Irvine officials on Friday were attempting to broker a deal to once again hire liberal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as dean …
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
GOP politician sent email asking how to stop naming of dean  —  A conservative Los Angeles County politician asked about two dozen people in an e-mail last month how to prevent the University of California, Irvine from hiring renowned liberal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as its founding law school dean …
Discussion: Law Blog
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Dumped over an Op-Ed  —  Erwin Chemerinsky, unhired …
Discussion: Law Blog, LA Observed and Daily Pundit
David Gelernter / Weekly Standard:
Defeat at Any Price  —  Why Petraeus's testimony was a nightmare for the Democrats.  —  To prepare for General David Petraeus's long-awaited testimony on Iraq to Congress last week, the liberal pressure group wrote itself into the history books with an anti-Petraeus ad so repulsive …
Discussion: Power Line and SWJ Blog
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Surgin' General
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Gingrich: Republicans need "clean break" from Bush
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
A Bush Speech That Could Backfire
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Giuliani Also Gets Liberal Discount From Times  —  Marketers, Take Note: 61% Price Chop for Ad in Grey Lady if You Buy Standby  —  NEW YORK ( — Rudy Giuliani got a lot of attention yesterday when he attacked The New York Times for giving what he called sweetheart pricing on the group's …
Alpha Doggs / Network World:
Researchers flash personal aircraft, future jetpack  —  This one is straight out of a James Bond movie or Batman script.  —  German researchers this week showed off their Gryphon personal strap-on jet wing that lets the pilot scream through the air at about 135MPH.
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
In Europe and U.S., Nonbelievers Are Increasingly Vocal  —  BURGESS HILL, England — Every morning on his walk to work, high school teacher Graham Wright recited a favorite Anglican prayer and asked God for strength in the day ahead.  Then two years ago, he just stopped.
Liberals face major challenges in Quebec: poll  —  The Liberals appear to be in big trouble in the Montreal riding of Outremont, where a byelection is to be held Monday, a poll suggests.  —  The Unimarket-La Presse poll published Friday suggests that NDP candidate Thomas Mulcair …
Discussion: Daimnation! and Jay Currie
New York Times:
Democrats Push a Tactic to Shift Iraq Plan  —  Now that President Bush and Gen. David H. Petraeus have charted their course for the Iraq war, Democrats in the Senate say one of their proposals aimed at shifting the president's strategy is finally close to winning enough Republican support for a real chance at being approved.
Gerard Alexander / Weekly Standard:
The Party of Civil Rights  —  It wasn't the Democrats.  —  An anniversary passed without much notice on September 9th.  It was fifty years since President Eisenhower signed the 1957 Civil Rights Act.  This was the first civil rights legislation to make it into law since Reconstruction …
Discussion: Power Line
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Moran Upsets Jewish Groups Again  —  U.S. House Democrat Said Pro-Israel Lobby Promoted War  —  Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) has again come under fire from local Jewish organizations for remarking in a magazine interview that the "extraordinarily powerful" pro-Israel lobby played a strong role promoting the war in Iraq.
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  Manufacturing consent, stifling dissent  —  In April, Bill Moyers introduced Buying the War by explaining, "The story of how high officials misled the country has been told, but they couldn't have done it on their own; they needed a compliant press …
Discussion: Norwegianity and Booman Tribune
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Los Angeles Times:
The politics of war  —  Who among American politicians is serious …
Eli / Firedoglake:
Fred's Strategy Revealed
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Michael Greenstone / SSRN:
Is The 'Surge' Working? Some New Facts
Associated Press:
Conviction in Jena case overturned
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
'A Terrible Loss ... for All of Iraq'
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Doug Schoen / The Huffington Post:
After Petraeus, Conciliation: The Report Must Not Derail a Moderate …
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Terry Frieden / CNN:
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Signorile / The Gist:
Condi's "Closest Female Friend"  —  Yesterday on the show …
Horses Mouth:
I noted yesterday that it's become something of a cliche to point …
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
THE PRESIDENT'S MATH  —  The White House has provided us …