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9:40 AM ET, September 19, 2007

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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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Ynetnews:
Report: Dozens dead in Syrian chemical weapons experiment  —  Jane's Magazine reports Syrian officers, Iranian engineers attempting to mount chemical warhead on Scud missile killed in accident which took place in secret location about two months ago  —  Dozens of Syrian military officers …
Discussion: WILLisms.com and Yourish.com
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 …
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Webb's Iraq bill inches closer to 60
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul Krugman:
Introducing This Blog  —  "I was born in 1953.  Like the rest of my generation, I took the America I grew up in for granted - in fact, like many in my generation I railed against the very real injustices of our society, marched against the bombing of Cambodia, went door to door for liberal candidates.
New York Times:
Iraqi Report Says Blackwater Guards Fired First  —  A preliminary Iraqi report on a shooting involving an American diplomatic motorcade said Tuesday that Blackwater security guards were not ambushed, as the company reported, but instead fired at a car when it did not heed a policeman's call to stop, killing a couple and their infant.
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Debate No-Shows Worry GOP Leaders  —  Candidates Are Urged to Attend Forums Sponsored by Minorities  —  Key Republican leaders are encouraging the party's presidential candidates to rethink their decision to skip presidential debates focusing on issues important to minorities …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Division Problem  —  Immigration used to be a debate among Republicans.
Discussion: The Corner
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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Washington Post:
Md. Ban On Gay Marriage Is Upheld  —  Law Does Not Deny Basic Rights, Is Not Biased, Court Rules  —  Maryland's highest court yesterday upheld a 34-year-old state law banning same-sex marriage, rejecting an attempt by 19 gay men and lesbians to win the right to marry.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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New York Times:
Migration Reshapes Iraq's Sectarian Landscape  —  A vast internal migration is radically reshaping Iraq's ethnic and sectarian landscape, according to new data collected by thousands of relief workers, but displacement in the most populous and mixed areas is surprisingly complex …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alice Wallace / Ocala Star-Banner:
Police report student told them: 'You didn't do anything wrong'  —  GAINESVILLE - Police have released the incident report detailing the Tasering of a University of Florida student during a campus forum with Sen. John Kerry Monday, and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote …
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees  —  Moderate Muslims Enlisted to Steer Adults and Children Away From Insurgency  —  The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone …
Discussion: First Draft
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats' Iraq Push on Hold  —  Unable to garner enough Republican support for a spring 2008 pullout deadline, Democrats plan to push for a June 2008 date.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Corner
Post / Washington Post:
the claim  —  "You know, you look back over our history, and it doesn't take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people's liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world.''  — Fred D. Thompson, stump speech in Des Moines, Sept. 7
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
In Olympics Success, Romney Found New Edge  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney walked onto the Olympic stage in 1999 a rich businessman still smarting from losing his first bid for public office.  He walked off, three years later, a star-polished candidate who would be elected governor of Massachusetts in a matter of months.
Dick Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Bush Record  —  In his new book, "The Age of Turbulence," my longtime friend Alan Greenspan argues that President Bush's economic and budget policies have been fiscally irresponsible.  I've known and admired Alan for years, and I believe he was a great chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Associated Press:
Reader's Alley  —  Right fire decisions  —  Sen. Barkus, R-Kalispell, is wrong to attack Montana firefighters who have worked tirelessly this year to deal with multiple fires sparked by record-breaking heat.  —  Sen. Barkus called for an investigation of firefighting decisions and accused …
Robert E. Lucas, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Mortgages and Monetary Policy  —  In the past 50 years, there have been two macroeconomic policy changes in the United States that have really mattered.  One of these was the supply-side reduction in marginal tax rates, initiated after Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 and continued …
 
 
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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Baghdad revealed as bank robbery capital of the world
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Nationalized Health Care is Broken
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
A True Rightward Turn? The Upcoming Term and the 2008 Elections
Discussion: ACSBlog
David E. Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
What about Larry?  —  Compare Chemerinsky's tale with academia's …
Discussion: The Corner
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
Economists vs. Ecologists
Washington Post:
U.S. Faces a Middle East Hungry for Peace Specifics
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Power Line
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
CRE says nation is fractured
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Vox Popoli
Gregg Easterbrook / ESPN:
Belichick's cheating could lead to dark days for NFL
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Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Clinton Rejects Rival's Attack on Luncheon
Discussion: The Blue State
Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Researchers say many languages are dying
Associated Press:
Charges dropped against another Marine in Haditha case
Investor's Business Daily:
She Hsu'd Have Known Better
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Stevens, Inouye top defense earmarks list at over $180M each; Byrd next at $166M
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Officials Promise Surveillance Privacy Safeguards Unchanged
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
The milk just dried up  —  There's been a marked recent increase …
Discussion: Open Left and Corrente
Eric Black Ink:
Paulose under investigation by feds