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2:24 AM ET, September 19, 2007

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CNN:
Cops put on leave after Tasering student  —  (CNN) — Two University of Florida police officers have been placed on leave with pay after using an electronic stun gun to subdue a student who was questioning Sen. John Kerry at a campus forum, the school's president said Tuesday.
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Nick Antosca / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Should be Ashamed, and the Cop Who Tased Andrew Meyer Should be Jailed  —  By now I'm sure you've seen the videos of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer being attacked and tasered by university police at a John Kerry speaking event.  If not, here's one, here's another, and here's another.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Updated) "Don't Tase Me Bro"  —  Michelle Malkin has the most comprehensive coverage of the taser incident at the University of Florida.  —  And here's Kerry's statement: … I don't know how Kerry could have missed the shouts of "don't tase me bro," but I'm not sure what his response should have been anyway.
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Kerry Condemns Heckler Arrest
Jerusalem Post:
'Dozens died in Syrian-Iranian chemical weapons experiment'  —  Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane's Defence Weekly report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A SERIOUS SYRIAN WORK ACCIDENT
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Ynetnews:
Report: Dozens dead in Syrian chemical weapons experiment
Discussion: WILLisms.com
Agence France Presse:
Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village  —  LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.  —  Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator Warner "Reconsidering" Support For Webb Troop Bill  —  Just when it looked as if Senator Jim Webb's troop readiness bill might pick up enough GOP support to reach the magic number of 60 filibuster-proof votes, we're now getting word that Senator John Warner is reconsidering his backing for it and may vote against it.
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Pew Research Center:
Petraeus' Proposals Favored, But No Lift in War Support  —  Increases in Optimism Mostly Limited to Republicans  —  Summary of Findings  —  Last week's congressional testimony by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, followed by President Bush's address to the nation …
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Investor's Business Daily:
She Hsu'd Have Known Better  —  Election 2008: Hillary Clinton claims ignorance over Norman Hsu's dirty money.  But she was right in the middle of a nearly identical fundraising scandal a decade ago.  —  In fact, she was briefed about the prior scandal by an aide who's advising her campaign today.
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The Politico:
Democrats chuck Iraq compromise  —  Senate Democrats, who have spent weeks trying to woo Republicans to help end the war in Iraq, have taken a hard turn against compromise.  —  They now believe their best political strategy is to continue to play to a stalemate and blame an intransigent President Bush …
Eric Black Ink:
Paulose under investigation by feds  —  The federal Office of Special Counsel is investigating allegations that Rachel Paulose, U.S. attorney for Minnesota, mishandled classified information, decided to fire the subordinate who called it to her attention, retaliated against others in the office …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iraq Diary: Jammers Beat Bombers (Which May Be Bad News)  —  Radio-controlled bombs used to be the biggest killer of American troops in Iraq.  Now, they've been rendered all-but-useless.  Good news, right?  Like so much else in Iraq, it's not quite that simple.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Bill Dies in Senate  —  Republican lawmakers today blocked the Senate from taking up the D.C. voting rights bill, dealing a major blow to the District's most promising effort in years to get a full member of Congress.  —  The vote was merely on whether to begin action on the bill.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Stevens, Inouye top defense earmarks list at over $180M each; Byrd next at $166M  —  Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) are among the biggest winners in the 2008 Appropriations defense bill, according to data gathered by The Hill and the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS).
 
 
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