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4:00 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Faiz / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Warner, McCain To Propose Toothless, Watered-Down Version Of Webb Amendment  —  Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), an ardent opponent of a pro-troop measure to relieve the stress on the overstretched armed forces, announced he will propose a toothless …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats' Iraq Push on Hold
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senators Push Iraq Troop Measure
Discussion: The Gate and TPM Election Central
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: Warner Introducing Non-Binding Version Of Webb Amendement …
Sarah Garland / New York Sun:
U.S. May Escort Ahmadinejad to Ground Zero  —  Talks Underway After Iranian Requests a Visit  —  In a move that has stunned New York, the Bloomberg administration is in discussions to escort the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to ground zero during his visit to New York next week, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said today.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate Rejects to Expand Detainee Rights  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The Senate narrowly rejected legislation on Wednesday that would have given military detainees the right to protest their detention in federal court.  —  The 56-43 vote against the bill, by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Detainees' Rights Bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Swamp
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Senate Rejects Expanding Detainee Rights
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
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.
Roddie A. Burris / The State:
Jackson criticizes Obama  —  Presidential candidate's response to Jena, La., case called too weak  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Tuesday on Democrats seeking the 2008 nomination for president to give S.C. voters "something to vote for" when they go to the polls in January.
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Rather Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS  —  Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a $70 million lawsuit this afternoon against the network …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Habeas Restoration Cloture Vote Tally  —  Senators of the 110th Congress:  —  Akaka, Daniel K.- (D - HI) — AYE  —  Alexander, Lamar- (R - TN) — NAY  —  Allard, Wayne- (R - CO) — NAY  —  Barrasso, John- (R - WY) — NAY  —  Baucus, Max- (D - MT) — AYE  —  Bayh, Evan- (D - IN) — AYE
Scott Wong / Arizona Republic:
Widow of Luke pilot lashes out at media  —  Days after an al-Qaida-linked group released a video showing the body of a Luke Air Force Base fighter pilot killed in Iraq last year, his widow lashed out at the national media, accusing it of politicizing and using the images to erode public support for the war.
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Steven Clemons / Salon:
Why Bush won't attack Iran  —  Despite saber-rattling, and the Washington buzz that a strike is coming, the president doesn't intend to bomb Iran.  Cheney may have other ideas.  —  During a recent high-powered Washington dinner party attended by 18 people, Zbigniew Brzezinski …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
King: 'Too many mosques in this country'  —  New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are "too many mosques in this country" in a recent interview with Politico.  —  "There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam," King said.
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
In the Shadow of Horror, SS Guardians Frolic  —  Last December, Rebecca Erbelding, a young archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, opened a letter from a former United States Army intelligence officer who said he wanted to donate photographs of Auschwitz he had found more than 60 years ago in Germany.
Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Bomb kills anti-Syrian lawmaker  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bomb killed an anti-Syrian lawmaker and four other people Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said.  —  The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party …
Discussion: Publius Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
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Gateway Pundit:
ANOTHER ASSASSINATION!!! Bomb Kills Antoine Ghanem!
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and The Gate
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Bush, Congress at record low ratings: Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress registered record-low approval ratings in a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday, and a new monthly index measuring the mood of Americans dipped slightly on deepening worries about the economy.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Rightosphere Temperature Check For September  —  Right Wing News emailed more than 240 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to answer 7 questions.  The following 50 blogs responded,  —  Aaron's CC, David All Group, Althouse, The American Princess, AtlanticBlog, Bad Example …
Associated Press:
Republican Romney ad criticizes own party  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Recognizing political change as the hot new commodity, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is launching a television ad this week in New Hampshire and Iowa casting himself as the Republican best able to reclaim a wayward party and lead it in a new direction.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Say Election 2008 is Annoying and a Waste of Time  —  While political junkies have enjoyed the extended pre-season for Election 2008, most voters say that the debates and other campaign activities so far have been annoying and a waste of time.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone …
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.
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
 
 
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who Could Have Predicted, Part II
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The President Goes to War Over "Betray Us"
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Why McCain Won't Win  —  What the press creates, the press destroys.
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Dems frustrate war critics
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
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Guardian:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Education of Robert Gates
David E. Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
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