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7:10 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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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.
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Thomas J. Lueck / New York Times:
Iranian Leader Was Denied Ground Zero Visit
Discussion: Israpundit
WCBS NEWSRADIO 880:   NYPD Rejects Iran President's Viewing Request
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 …
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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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Senate Republicans stop troop dwell time bill
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Webb's Iraq bill inches closer to 60
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The President Goes to War Over "Betray Us"  —  Kate O'Beirne and I just got back from a meeting with the president in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a small group of conservative journalists.  —  There was a lot of ground covered, and the president was in a serious but confident mood …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
War Council  —  Previous war-presidents have gathered opponents into their cabinets, reached out to estranged former allies, engaged in aggressive diplomacy to maximize effectiveness and rallied the whole country for the fight.  What does this one do?  Gets a bunch of right-wing "journalists" …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Unforgiven  —  My intemperate language earlier today is informed by my seeing "No End In Sight" last night.  Day after day of observing the inexcusable can render one numb after a while.  You can forget the trajectory of the deception and incompetence and recklessness of the last six years …
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.
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CNN Political Ticker:   Clinton: 'Jena 6′ a 'teachable moment'
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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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.
Dan Gerstein / The Politico:
Who bears blame for anti-war failures?  —  For many in Washington, the biggest unanswered question from Army.  Gen. David Petraeus' high-profile, low-satisfaction testimony last week was not about military strategy but about political tactics.  Why has the anti-war movement been unable …
Discussion: Firedoglake and neo-neocon
CNN:
UPDATE: Gunmen Blow Up Iraq's North Export Pipeline -Official  —  AMMAN -(Dow Jones)- Unknown attackers have blown up part of an Iraqi pipeline that pumps crude oil from Kirkuk oil fields to the Turkish export terminal, Ceyhan, a senior Iraqi oil official and a shipping agent said Wednesday.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
RNC Chair Martinez: Passing Troop-Rest Bill Would "Demean The Troops"  —  This is something.  Take a look at Republican National Committee chair Mel Martinez on the House floor today, explaining why passing the Webb bill giving troops more rest would "demean their service":
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
 
 
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Syria voted co-chairman of the IAEA
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Bush or bin Laden: Who is More Evil?
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Ugly Alliance
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