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4:45 PM ET, September 17, 2007


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Spencer Ackerman /
Iraqis Order Blackwater out of Iraq — But Will It Leave?  —  Following a Baghdad shootout yesterday that left at least nine civilians dead, security-contractor giant Blackwater will no longer be permitted to operate in Iraq, according to the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
Blackwater Security banned from Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead.  —  Sunday's firefight took place near Nusoor Square …
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
The Iraq Blackwater Test  —  Depending on whether the Blackwater security firm stays in Iraq will inform us whether Prime Minister Maliki has any power or is just a U.S. puppet.  My money is on the puppet.  Over the weekend Blackwater contractors escorting a State Department/US Embassy Baghdad convoy got into a shoot out.
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq revokes license of U.S. contractor Blackwater
Washington Post:
Iraqi Government Revokes Blackwater License
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
How Bush's AG Pick Irritates the Right  —  If the administration was trying to avoid a fight with the left over the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales' replacement as Attorney General, they may have succeeded with the nomination of former New York district judge, Michael Mukasey.
The Corner:
Meeting Mukasey  —  I wasn't going to post anything else on Mukasey, but come on guys and gals, there are gapping holes in what we know about him, and his supporters aren't helping matters.  Ed Whelen, a good friend who I admire deeply, tells us not to worry about Schumer and Aron's support for him.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Getting At 'The Truth'  —  We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you an important development from the media world.  —  Ron Brownstein has been a fixture at the Los Angeles Times for nearly two decades, an influential political reporter and talking head who delves into policy as well as campaign strategy.
Peter Lattman / Law Blog:
Seven Things to Know About Michael Mukasey
Discussion: Firedoglake, Bench Conference and QandO
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton unveils health care plan  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a call for universal health care on Monday, plunging back into a political battle she memorably waged and lost as first lady more than a decade ago.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Unveils Her Plan for Health Care
Discussion: Feministe and MSNBC
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Edwards hammers Clinton on health care
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
CNN Political Ticker:
Edwards threatens to cut off health insurance for Congress
Discussion: The Swamp and Redstate
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Clinton's Rivals Blast Health Care Plan
Garrett Therolf / Los Angeles Times:
Chemerinsky to return as UC Irvine law dean  —  UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake and Erwin Chemerinsky have reached an agreement that will return the liberal legal scholar to the dean's post at the university's law school, sources told The Times this morning.
Prepare for war with Iran, says French minister  —  By Alex Spillius in Washington and Tim Butcher in Jerusalem  —  The world should "prepare for war" with Iran, the French foreign minister has said, significantly escalating tensions over the country's nuclear programme.
Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
N Korean ship 'linked to Israel's strike on Syria'
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Israel Matzav
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   The Vanishing Al Hamed
National / Homeland Security National Terror Alert:
School Terror Threat - "Jihad Boom" Postcards With Threatening Cartoon Sent To Nine Schools … Investigators released the postcards with the threatening drawings on them Monday in hopes of generating leads in the case.  Officials said that the postcards are made up of various and traditional themes …
ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig  —  Senator Accused of Soliciting Sex Has an Unlikely Ally in American Civil Liberties Union  —  Idaho's Republican Senator Larry Craig reads a statement to the media Monday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2007, in Boise, Idaho.  He read a statement and took no questions during …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Agitprop
The Corner:
So long, white boy  —  So reads the headline on this article from Salon, which argues that the Democrats should end-and in fact already are ending-any efforts to court the white male vote.  Well, Salon's headline certainly gets the message across, doesn't it?
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democratic Iraq Amendment to Put More Stress on Troops  —  If Congress is in session, then Congressional Democrats must be working on a way to end the Iraq war.  —  This week the stage is the Senate, which is taking up the defense authorization bill.  The first amendments to be considered …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Bob Gates or Bob McNamara?  Gen. Petraeus or Gen. Westmoreland?  —  In his book about the failures of the Vietnam War, Dereliction of Duty, H.R. McMaster writes of how the delusion and hubris of President Lyndon Johnson, combined with the failures in judgment
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Why Do Republicans Want to Punish the Troops for George Bush's Failures?  —  Glenn Greenwald's piece on the Kagan family is such a concise, elegant, tight portrait of everything that is wrong with the warmongers who lead this country and dominate our political discourse that it almost makes your teeth hurt.
Discussion: D-Day and QandO
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It Was Right To Dissolve the Iraqi Army
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
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