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5:40 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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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 …
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
Republican Filibusters  —  GOP FILIBUSTERS....I see that Republicans have successfully filibustered two more bills today: one to give a House seat to the District of Columbia (57-42) and one to restore habeas corpus rights to terrorism suspects (56-43).  —  That seems like a good excuse …
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Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Senate Rejects to Expand Detainee Rights
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Senate bars bill to restore detainee rights
Discussion: Macsmind
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:
Jesse Jackson: Obama's 'acting like he's white'
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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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
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:   Ugly Alliance
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Dems frustrate war critics
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 …
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Solomonia
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 …
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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
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Expert: McConnell Claim "Totally Implausible"  —  Yesterday, the director of national intelligence, Admiral Michael McConnell, casually informed the House Judiciary Committee that the FISA Court had gotten so restrictive that its rulings required the NSA to obtain warrants before spying …
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Murtha's Dedicated Supporters  —  Roll Call reports that Congressman Jack Murtha, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, has received donations from every private entity for which he secured an earmark: … It must be deeply gratifying for a lawmaker to see unanimous financial support …
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The Lerach case  —  The case of top trial lawyer Bill Lerach, who will reportedly acknowledge in his guilty plea this week making under-the-table payment, has been all over the business pages, but for some reason hasn't quite spilled over into the recent catalog of political donor messes.
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 
 
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Pajamas Media:
AL DURA TRIAL TAKES HUGE TURN - UPDATE
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Los Angeles Times:
O.J. Simpson goes free on bail
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who Could Have Predicted, Part II
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Associated Press:
Republican Romney ad criticizes own party
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Why McCain Won't Win  —  What the press creates, the press destroys.
Discussion: The Corner
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Bizarre Man [Update: Jake Byrd] Steals Show at O.J. News Conference
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
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 Earlier Items: 
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Johanns will enter Senate race
Scott Wong / Arizona Republic:
Widow of Luke pilot lashes out at media
Guardian:
The death of relativism  —  The film A Mighty Heart goes too far …
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Say Election 2008 is Annoying and a Waste of Time
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Education of Robert Gates
Dick Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Bush Record