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3:20 AM ET, September 18, 2007


 Top Items: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site  —  The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight tonight.  —  The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year …
Federal Prosecutor Arrested In Child Sex Sting  —  DETROIT — A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a minor.  —  John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida …
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Federal prosecutor from Florida caught in child sex sting
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Will Iraq Kick Out Blackwater?  —  TIME has obtained an incident report prepared by the U.S. government describing a fire fight Sunday in Baghdad in which at least eight Iraqis were reported killed and 13 wounded.  The deadly incident occurred when a convoy of U.S. personnel protected …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Danger Room
Scott Horton / Balkinization:
Confirm Michael Mukasey  —  The president has nominated former federal judge Michael Mukasey to serve as the next attorney general.  The Senate will have plenty of questions to ask and issues to raise, and it should take this confirmation seriously.  But it should move expeditiously to approval …
New York Times:
Democrats Warn of Hurdle for Justice Nominee
Ezra Klein:
The Hillary Plan  —  Let me try and give a quick sketch of the Clinton proposal before I have to run for a meeting.  Here's the thumbnail: Clinton's plan is of the "individual mandate" variety, in which universal coverage is achieved by mandating that every American purchase health care.
Barry to Elisabeth: Your "View" is Dangerous  —  TMZ has learned that legendary singer Barry Manilow has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on "The View" tomorrow — because he strongly disagrees with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck's conservative view!  Paging Rosie O'Donnell!
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran  —  WASHINGTON - Every effort should be made to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but failing that, the world could live with a nuclear-armed regime in Tehran, a recently retired commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Monday.
Jack Stripling / Ocala Star-Banner:
Student Tasered at Kerry speech  —  GAINESVILLE - U.S. Sen. John Kerry's speech at the University of Florida came to a dramatic close Monday, shortly after a vocal audience member was hauled off by police and shot with a Taser gun.  —  The audience member was preliminarily identified …
Joshua / SyriaComment:
Trish Schuh Reports From Deir al-Zur  —  Trish Schuh is the only Western journalist to actually go to Deir al-Zur, the area where Israeli plans are said to have attacked a missile depot.  —  SYRIA'S SMOKING GUN  —  by Trish Schuh  —  Sept. 17, 2007  —  Written for "Syria Comment"
Sandra Sierra / Associated Press:
Chavez threatens to take over schools  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez threatened on Monday to take over any private schools refusing to submit to the oversight of his socialist government, a move some Venezuelans fear will impose leftist ideology in the classroom.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Jeanne HUFF / Idaho Statesman:
Tourists flock to Minneapolis airport men's room  —  The site of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest has become a photo opportunity for travelers.  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — When you go to Minneapolis, you might put the Mall of America, the statue of Mary Tyler Moore or maybe even the zoo on your list of things to see.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Agitprop
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ramstad won't run for 10th term in House  —  U.S. Jim Ramstad is expected to announce his retirement from Congress.  He has served nine terms, beginning in 1990.  —  Veteran congressman will leave seat representing western suburbs he has held for 9 terms.
Omar Fadhil / Pajamas Media:
AN IRAQI ALLIANCE BREAKS APART  —  Moqtada al-Sadr's political bloc withdrew from Iraq's governing Shia alliance over the weekend.  PJM editor Omar Fadhil ponders the implications.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  On Saturday, exactly six months after the Fadheela Party announced …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Jerusalem Post:
'600 Iranian missiles pointed at Israel'  —  Six hundred Iranian Shihab-3 missiles are pointed at targets throughout Israel, and will be launched if either Iran or Syria are attacked, an Iranian website affiliated with the regime reported on Monday.  —  "Iran will shoot at Israel 600 missiles …
David Blair / Telegraph:
Saudi women face cul-de-sac  —  Women in Saudi Arabia have challenged one of the kingdom's social mores by forming a committee to lobby for the right to drive cars.  —  At present, all women are banned from driving.  But the Committee of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars plans to challenge this by petitioning King Abdullah.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why  —  Nalini Ghuman, an up-and-coming musicologist and expert on the British composer Edward Elgar, was stopped at the San Francisco airport in August last year and, without explanation, told that she was no longer allowed to enter the United States.
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Hsu, Recobbled  —  I've just uploaded an updated master data set of the contributions made and raised by Norman Hsu from 2003-2007.  I've replaced the Google spreadsheet in the same spot, so the old links should take you to the new data.  As before, the contributions are organized by recipient …
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Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
Thompson Refuses To Debate At Historically Black College
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Giuliani Continues Criticizing Clinton
Jason Trahan / Dallas Morning News:
Muslim Brotherhood's papers detail plan to seize U.S.
Wilson / `Dragonmount`:
Sometimes even when you've fought your best....
The Atlantic Online:
The Canon Wars  —  Rachel Donadio, on Allan Bloom:
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Plaintiff Lawyer to Plead Guilty To Conspiracy
Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton has no answers for undocumented immigrants
The Atlantic Online:
Rhetorical question
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses another staffer
Discussion: The Fix
Michael B. Mukasey / Opinion Journal:
'The Spirit of Liberty'  —  Before attacking the Patriot Act, try reading it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jason Lee Miller / Insider Reports Feed:
How CBS Blew Up My Puff Piece
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
"Blackwater" Author describes the US civilian Militia Group's …
Discussion: The Gavel
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senator Says Troops Want Congress To Cut Off War Funding
Discussion: Denver Post and Daily Kos
Cliff May / The Corner:
The Most Offensive Thing I've Seen All Day
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Battlefield Envy
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
Chemerinsky to return as UC Irvine law dean