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11:25 AM ET, September 16, 2007


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Washington Post:
Hsu Cast Wide Net For Clinton Donors  —  List Included Strangers, His Own Investors  —  To raise $850,000 for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign in just eight months, Norman Hsu tapped an eclectic group of donors that included wealthy investors in his apparel ventures …
Albright Says U.S. Must Use Diplomacy Surge  —  Former Secretary Of State Says Iraq Worse Than Vietnam  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Once the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government, Madeleine Albright, spent Friday in central Iowa.  —  The former Secretary of State …
New York Times:
Troubled Fund-Raiser's Wallet Matched His Need to Please  —  Norman Hsu was desperate for invitations to glitzy Democratic Party galas in California and private political dinners in New York.  But once he got in, Mr. Hsu, a 56-year-old apparel executive, seemed awkward and out of place …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Flopping Aces
Times of London:
Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache'  —  Secret raid on Korean shipment  —  Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv, Sarah Baxter in Washington and Michael Sheridan  —  IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line.  On the ground, Syria's formidable air defences went dead.
Peter Beaumont / Observer:
Was Israeli raid a dry run for attack on Iran?
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Newsweek
David Johnston / New York Times:
Bush May Name Former Federal Judge to Succeed Gonzales  —  A former federal judge from New York has emerged as a contender to succeed Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, as the White House moved closer to announcing President Bush's choice to lead the Justice Department, according to associates of several prospective candidates.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Washington Post:
Mukasey Cited as Leading Candidate for Attorney General  —  Michael B. Mukasey, a former federal judge regarded as an expert on national security issues, has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general, several conservatives close to the White House said yesterday.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General...
Discussion: The Corner and Power Line
Bruce Landis / Providence Journal:
Chafee quietly quits the GOP … PROVIDENCE — Lincoln D. Chafee, who lost his Senate seat in the wave of anti-Republican sentiment in last November's election, said yesterday that he has left the party.  —  Chafee said he disaffiliated with the party he had helped lead …
Graham Paterson / Times of London:
Alan Greenspan claims Iraq war was really for oil  —  AMERICA's elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil.  —  In his long-awaited memoir, to be published tomorrow, Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Sparse Schedule for Thompson on Trail  —  At his second campaign stop of the day on Friday, just after 2 p.m., Fred D. Thompson was deep into a riff on the benefits of high-quality American health care.  —  "It's allowing us to live healthier lives and to live longer," Mr. Thompson …
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Bin Laden sidelined as al-Qaeda threat revives  —  Osama bin Laden's deputy has seized control of al-Qaeda and rebuilt the terror network into an organisation capable of launching complex terror attacks in Britain and America.  —  Intelligence officials have told The Sunday Telegraph …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Don Surber
Fouad Ajami / Opinion Journal:
'You Have Liberated a People'  —  Iraqis of all sects report progress, not "civil war."  —  BAGHDAD—"We liberated the Anbar, we defeated al Qaeda by denying it religious cover," Sheikh Abdul Sattar Abu Reisha said with a touch of pride and impatience.  This was the dashing tribal leader …
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
U.S. expands Anbar model to Iraq Shiites
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
One Answer to Global Warming: A New Tax  —  IN the debate over global climate change, there is a yawning gap that needs to be bridged.  The gap is not between environmentalists and industrialists, or between Democrats and Republicans.  It is between policy wonks and political consultants.
Discussion: EconLog
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
In Bush Speech, Signs of a Split on Iran Policy in the Administration  —  While scrutiny this week focused on the debate over troop strength, President Bush also used the occasion to turn up the pressure on Iran, using his speech on Thursday to stress the need to contain Iran as a major reason …
Wesley K. Clark / Washington Post:
The Next War  —  It's always looming.  But has our military learned …
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Joanna Walters / Observer:
Gingrich plots revenge on Clintons  —  Firebrand Republican threatens last-minute White House run to end primary 'chaos' - and stop Hillary  —  One of the most divisive figures in American politics during Bill Clinton's presidency is contemplating a 'wild-card' run for the White House …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and AMERICAblog
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Thousands march in D.C. war protest  —  WASHINGTON - Several thousand anti-war demonstrators marched through downtown Washington on Saturday, clashing with police at the foot of the Capitol steps where more than 190 protesters were arrested.  —  The group marched from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war.
Discussion: Redstate
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Greenspan bashes Bush policies
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Angry savers force Northern Rock to be sold
Jamie Smith Hopkins / Baltimore Sun:
Ailing lender's checks bounce
Discussion: The Newshoggers and CANNONFIRE
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rumsfeld: 'I Have Not Even Attempted' To Follow What's Going On …
Discussion: The Impolitic
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The Atlantic Online:
Endorsement Call  —  I'm on hold as we speak for a conference call …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pentagon: Rudy Ad's Use Of Petraeus Image Done "Without His Consent"
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McCain: MoveOn "ought to be thrown out of this country."
New York Times:
The Jane Fonda Effect