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7:50 AM ET, September 18, 2007


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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 …
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Osirak II?  —  Israel's silence on Syria speaks volumes.  —  In the late spring of 2002 the American press reported that Israel had armed its German-made submarines with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.  In Israel, this was old news.  It was also headline news.
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!
Dean Barnett /
Hollywood Helps. Seriously.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Betsy's Page
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Clinton unveils $110bn health plan  —  Hillary Clinton yesterday set out an ambitious $110bn (£55bn) plan to introduce universal healthcare in the US more than 10 years after her earlier failed attempt.  —  Ms Clinton, who is one of the frontrunners to win the Democratic nomination …
Ezra Klein:
The Hillary Plan  —  Let me try and give a quick sketch …
CBS News:
Poll: Most Say Bush Iraq Plan Falls Short  —  72% In CBS Poll Want U.S. Out Of Iraq Within Two Years - But Doubt That Will Happen  —  (CBS) Most Americans continue to want troops to start coming home from Iraq, and most say the plan President Bush announced last week for troop reductions …
Discussion: Hot Air, pw pub and Oliver Willis
Faiz / Think Progress:   Sen. Reed's Democratic Response Beats Bush Speech In Cable Ratings On Fox And CNN
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 …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
U.S. Contractor Banned by Iraq Over Shootings  —  Blackwater USA, an American contractor that provides security to some of the top American officials in Iraq, has been banned from working in the country by the Iraqi government after a shooting that left eight Iraqis dead and involved an American diplomatic convoy.
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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
Thompson Refuses To Debate At Historically Black College  —  Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson has become the fourth leading GOP presidential candidate to shun the PBS debate this month at a historically black college in Baltimore, the Huffington Post has learned.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Giuliani Continues Criticizing Clinton  —  LOUDON, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Sunday continued calling on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to denounce a liberal group's advertisement and apologize for what he calls her disrespectful treatment of a general.
Jason Trahan / Dallas Morning News:
Muslim Brotherhood's papers detail plan to seize U.S.  —  Group's takeover plot emerges in Holy Land case  —  —  Amid the mountain of evidence released in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, the most provocative has turned out to be a handful …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Is 'Do Unto Others' Written Into Our Genes?  —  Many people will say it is morally acceptable to pull a switch that diverts a train, killing just one person instead of the five on the other track.  But if asked to save the same five lives by throwing a person in the train's path, people will say the action is wrong.
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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 …
Michael J. Totten:
Anbar Awakens Part II: Hell is Over  —  This is the second in a two-part series.  Read Part One, The Battle of Ramadi, here.  —  RAMADI, IRAQ - In early 2007 Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province, was one of the most violent war-torn cities on Earth.  By late spring it was the safest major city in Iraq outside Kurdistan.
Discussion: Infidels Are Cool
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
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Furor Ends in Deanship for Liberal Scholar
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Loss In Europe Raises American Fears
Fox News:
Fred Thompson: Going Nowhere Fast
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Mugged By Reality in Iraq
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Wilson / `Dragonmount`:
Sometimes even when you've fought your best....
Sandra Sierra / Associated Press:
Chavez threatens to take over schools
The Atlantic Online:
The Canon Wars  —  Rachel Donadio, on Allan Bloom:
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and alicublog
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Plaintiff Lawyer to Plead Guilty To Conspiracy
 Earlier Items: 
Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton has no answers for undocumented immigrants
The Atlantic Online:
Rhetorical question
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses another staffer
Discussion: The Fix
Omar Fadhil / Pajamas Media:
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Jason Lee Miller / Insider Reports Feed:
How CBS Blew Up My Puff Piece
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senator Says Troops Want Congress To Cut Off War Funding
Discussion: Denver Post and Daily Kos
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ramstad won't run for 10th term in House