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4:55 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.
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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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Webb's Iraq bill inches closer to 60  —  Four new Senate Republicans signaled Tuesday that they may vote for a Democratic amendment aimed at giving U.S. troops in Iraq more time at home between deployments, helping Democrats inch closer to a rare victory on the conduct of the Iraq war.
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'
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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Who Could Have Predicted, Part II
Discussion: MyDD
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Senate bars bill to restore detainee rights
Discussion: Macsmind and State of the Day
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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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Dems frustrate war critics
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.
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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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Argghhh!
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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David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Detainees' Rights Bill
Discussion: Washington Post, The Swamp and The Gate
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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O.J. Simpson goes free on bail
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
SEIU won't endorse today, insider says
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
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Bizarre Man [Update: Jake Byrd] Steals Show at O.J. News Conference
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Washington Post:
Bloggers' Roundtable With Gen. Douglas M. Stone
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran: Retaliation for any Israeli attack
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Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Johanns will enter Senate race
James Risen / New York Times:
Warrantless Wiretaps Not Used, Official Says
Guardian:
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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
David E. Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
What about Larry?  —  Compare Chemerinsky's tale with academia's …