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8:20 AM ET, September 20, 2007

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Thomas J. Lueck / New York Times:
Iranian Leader Was Denied Ground Zero Visit  —  An advance team for the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asked earlier this month that he be allowed to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week, but the request was denied …
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Columbia's disgrace  —  There is a suicidal mania that grips elite opinion in the United States.  It is exemplified nowhere better than in our elite educational institutions.  Today, for example, Columbia University has issued the following statement to its alumni:
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
Longer Leaves for Troops Blocked  —  Senate Republicans yesterday rejected a bipartisan proposal to lengthen the home leaves of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, derailing a measure that war opponents viewed as one of the best chances to force President Bush to accelerate a redeployment of forces.
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Senate Republicans block Iraq bill  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats' best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush's Iraq strategy.
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 …
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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
CBS Is Sued by Rather Over Ouster
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
I read the news today, oh boy...
Discussion: Cox & Forkum and Townhall.com
Lurxst / Daily Kos:
I Don't Support the Troops..oops, there, I said it  —  This has been digging at me for, oh, about 4 years now.  I have been hesitant to express this thought, in comments sections and in discussion with other people about the Iraq quagmire for fear of, I don't know, being called mean.  Or, un-American.
Discussion: QandO and Jules Crittenden
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Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos: 'I Don't Support the Troops..oops, There, I Said It'
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The American Pundit
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Darth Cheney  —  "You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President's motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges," Clinton said just now at Town Hall in New York.  —  "I'm not invited to their meetings and I don't know what he says or does," she said.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright  —  Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the dollar across the Middle East.
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Prominent Lawyer to Be Indicted  —  Melvyn I. Weiss, a leading class-action securities lawyer, is expected to be indicted as early as today in connection with the kickback scheme that has ensnared his firm, Milberg Weiss, and several former lawyers there, the firm said yesterday in a statement.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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The Trail:
Lawyer in Plea Deal Was Edwards Bundler
Think Progress:
Breaking: Webb amendment fails.  —  The Senate just voted 56 to 44 on Sen. Jim Webb's (D-VA) amendment "requiring that active-duty troops and units have at least equal time at home as the length of their previous tour overseas."  The bill failed to garner the 60 votes needed to move forward.
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Marc Fisher / Raw Fisher:
Pants Update: The Dry Cleaners Shuts Down  —  Roy Pearson, the D.C. administrative law judge whose $67 million lawsuit against his neighborhood dry cleaners turned into a worldwide lesson in how one obsessed person can hijack the American legal system, lost his case in court …
Associated Press:
New al-Qaida video released  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said the United States was being defeated in Afghanistan, Iraq and other fronts in a new video released Thursday, the latest in a series put out by the terror network.  —  The video came days …
Esmeralda Bermudez / Oregonian:
Mexican lesson plans crossing the border  —  Immigration - Some Oregon schools are using curricula from Mexico to aid Spanish speakers  —  Oregon is counting on a new tool to educate Spanish-speaking students across state schools: Mexico's curriculum.  —  Already in place at three Oregon high schools …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jackson backpedals on Obama, 'Jena 6' at issue  —  Photo by Lindsay Pierce of the Harvard News Office  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday softened his criticism of Sen. Barack Obama, whom he reportedly criticized earlier in the week for "acting like he's white" on the Jena 6 race case in Louisiana.
Discussion: The Hill
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us  —  REPUBLICAN presidential candidates can't get elected without owning the tax issue.  So far, the current crop is giving it away.  —  A huge reason for Ronald Reagan's popularity was his cutting of all income-tax rates and ending of "bracket creep," …
Discussion: Economist's View
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions
Discussion: Power Line
The Age:
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Larry Celona / New York Post:
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Paisley Dodds / The Huffington Post:
Giuliani: I'm Among Best Known Americans
Nic Fleming / Telegraph:
Cancer cure 'may be available in two years'
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Rachel Lucas
Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
GOP Cornyn To Introduce Senate Resolution Criticizing MoveOn Ad
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Detainees' Rights Bill
Santa Cruz Sentinel:
As We See It: Campuses hurt by elitists
 Earlier Items: 
Kristen McQueary / The Daily Southtown:
Weller's next challenge
John Dickerson / Slate:
Time To Panic?  —  OBAMA'S FALLING WAY BEHIND CLINTON IN THE POLLS.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Report: GOP Congressman Jerry Weller Will Retire
The Hill:
Johanns to resign, run for Senate, sources say
Ezra Klein:
Hazardous Morals  —  Moral hazard is a pretty simple idea …
Ryan Yeomans / clubs.ccsu.edu:
Bush or bin Laden: Who is More Evil?
CNN:
UPDATE: Gunmen Blow Up Iraq's North Export Pipeline -Official
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The President Goes to War Over "Betray Us"