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2:15 PM 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 Amazon.com's best-seller list.  ("Winning," by John F. Welch Jr., at a breezy 384 pages, is No. 1,431.)
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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 …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
The politics of war  —  Who among American politicians is serious …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
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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: LA Observed, Law Blog 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 MoveOn.org wrote itself into the history books with an anti-Petraeus ad so repulsive …
Discussion: Power Line and SWJ Blog
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Surgin' General  —  And the reeling Democrats.  —  When congressional leaders met with President Bush last week at the White House, the Republicans were upbeat, the Democrats far less buoyant.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a more imposing figure than her Senate colleague …
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Keyes looks to rescue GOP, announces run for president  —  Former Reagan diplomat says he's unmoved by lack of moral courage displayed by others  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - After two previous runs for U.S. president, former Reagan diplomat Alan Keyes has announced he's again seeking …
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RenewAmerica:
Alan Keyes announces for President!  —  Will appear in Values Voter Debate Sept. 17  —  On Friday, Sept. 14, Alan Keyes filed a Statement of Candidacy (Form 2) with the Federal Election Commission—thus officially announcing as a Republican candidate for President of the United States.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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.
Sharon Stello / Davis Enterprise:
UC yanks speaker's invitation: Controversial ex-Harvard president was scheduled to address regents Wednesday  —  After a group of UC Davis women faculty began circulating a petition, UC regents rescinded an invitation to Larry Summers, the controversial former president of Harvard University …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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The Corner:   Summers Disinvited  —  After protests, the University of California …
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.
The New Republic:
LIKE BRITNEY, BUSH IS A FLOP:  —  On Sunday night, it seemed pretty clear that Britney Spears' performance at the MTV awards ceremony was the biggest prime-time fiasco of the week.  Then came Thursday night and President Bush's Oval Office address on Iraq.  At first blush, coverage …
Discussion: Redstate
New York Times:
Behind an Antiwar Ad, a Powerful Liberal Group  —  There is no mistaking the influence of MoveOn.org, with its 3.2 million members and powerful fund-raising apparatus, within the Democratic Party.  —  This liberal activist group has come to occupy a prominent seat at the table among the party elite …
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQI Declares War On The Sunni
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
War Critics Question Obama's Fervor
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Caucus
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush: With more 'success,' more come home
GottaLaff / Cliff Schecter:
"I didn't have a crap-load of clients" —Wendy Cortez, Vitter's escort
Discussion: Agitprop
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
Organic Farming Is a Load of—hmmm—Fertilizer
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
TDS: Stewart Pitches McCain New Names for "Straight Talk Express"
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Former ABC Consultant Says He Faked Nothing
Discussion: MoJoBlog and War and Piece
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
At the U.S. Border, the Desert Takes a Rising Toll
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
In Europe and U.S., Nonbelievers Are Increasingly Vocal
CTV.ca:
Liberals face major challenges in Quebec: poll
Discussion: Daimnation! and Jay Currie
Sloppy Analysis / Wall Street Journal:
Most Science Studies Appear to Be Tainted
Gerard Alexander / Weekly Standard:
The Party of Civil Rights
Discussion: Power Line
Ana Marie Cox / TIME: Swampland:
McCain Calls for MoveOn.org to be "Thrown Out of the Country"
Media Matters for America:
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Extreme Mortman:
Top Ten Tony Snow Exchanges With Helen Thomas
New York Times:
Democrats Push a Tactic to Shift Iraq Plan