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12:05 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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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.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats' Iraq Push on Hold  —  Reid Plans Spring Effort to Set June 2008 Pullout Deadline  —  Unable to garner enough Republican support, Senate Democratic leaders said yesterday that they are abandoning a bipartisan effort to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by next spring.
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Washington Post:
GOP Moderates Weigh Loyalty To Bush vs. Political Realities  —  With a difficult war debate looming and presidential vetoes for a host of popular legislation threatened, moderate Republicans in Congress are facing a tough choice: Stand by President Bush or run for their political lives.
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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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 …
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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Mike Warner / Arizona Republic:   Wife of fallen soldier speaks out
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: Redstate and ImmigrationProf Blog
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Agitprop
David E. Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
What about Larry?  —  Compare Chemerinsky's tale with academia's bashing of ex-Harvard chief Summers.  —  The saga of controversial liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky's on-again, off-again deanship at the new UC Irvine law school was highly unusual in two ways.
Discussion: pw pub, The Corner and TaxProf Blog
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 …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Habeas Restoration Cloture Vote Tally  —  Senators of the 110th Congress:  —  Akaka, Daniel K.- (D - HI) — AYE  —  Alexander, Lamar- (R - TN) -  —  Allard, Wayne- (R - CO) — NAY  —  Barrasso, John- (R - WY) — NAY  —  Baucus, Max- (D - MT) — AYE  —  Bayh, Evan- (D - IN) — AYE
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Education of Robert Gates  —  Robert Gates has been a godsend.  After a bombastic defense secretary, we now have a candid one.  After ego, we have self-effacement.  After domination, we have a man who welcomes discussion.  —  Gates was decisive during the Walter Reed hospital fiasco.
Guardian:
The death of relativism  —  The film A Mighty Heart goes too far in likening my son's murderers to the Guantánamo regime  —  Judea Pearl  —  I used to believe that the world essentially divided into two types of people: those who were broadly tolerant, and those who felt threatened by differences.
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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Bomb kills anti-Syrian lawmaker
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Gut Check: Iraq war's impact at home
Atrios / Eschaton:
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
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Gen. Petraeus Buys Iraq War Time, But Not Support
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
New ethics rule could lead to Rep. Filner probe
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Members Resist Testifying in Contractor Trial
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Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Moran in hot water over Israel lobby remark
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Nationalized Health Care is Broken
Robert E. Lucas, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Mortgages and Monetary Policy
Discussion: Will Wilkinson
New York Times:
Future Look of Iraq Complicated by Internal Migration
Discussion: The Swamp and Prairie Weather
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees
Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Researchers say many languages are dying