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12:15 PM ET, September 20, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions  —  Clinton Campaign Vows  —  To Check Contributions  —  Solicited by Supporter  —  BRISTOW, Va. — When Hillary Rodham Clinton held an intimate fund-raising event at her Washington home in late March, Pamela Layton donated $4,600, the maximum allowed by law …
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Ianthe Jeanne Dugan / Wall Street Journal:
Norman Hsu Faces Charges Tied to Democratic Fund-Raising  —  Federal officials are expected to bring a criminal case against Norman Hsu today, charging the Democratic super-donor with operating a $60 million pyramid scheme and violating campaign-finance laws.
Washington Post:
Past Clouds Candidates' Donor Lists  —  Names From '90s Scandal Among Clinton 'Bundlers'  —  A list of the donors who have "bundled" large sums from dozens of individuals to give to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign includes several figures who were involved …
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Hillary, Truth Not At Peace Over $850,000 Said Refunded
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bundlemania!  WSJ finds another possibly shady "HillRaiser" …
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ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Iranian president intends to visit Ground Zero  —  Iranian mission says he'll go despite NYPD rejection  —  Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requested to visit Ground Zero during an upcoming trip to New York.  That request was rejected Wednesday.  But a source tells Eyewitness News that the decision may not stop him.
New York Post:
JUST SHOVE YOUR WREATH  —  CITY TO IRAN PREZ: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Secret Service Will Accompany Iranian President If He Goes to Ground Zero
Discussion: The American Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
Time to organize an Ahmadinejad welcoming party?
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   AQ Video: Crusaders Admit They're Losing
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Standing on One Principle, Voting on Another
Discussion: TalkLeft and Democratic Strategist
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's Return to Message of 'Change'  —  Over the next few months, there will be hundreds of television ads run by the candidates for president and scores of interest groups hoping to influence the primary and caucus electorate.  —  But no ad may be more important — both literally and figuratively …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
CBC's event for Clinton prompts grumbles
Discussion: MSNBC, Associated Press and TIME
Newsweek:
Terror Watch: A Secret Lobbying Campaign  —  The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about  —  The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve …
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rather Strikes Back  —  I was extremely surprised by Dan Rather's lawsuit yesterday, but not as stunned as the CBS people I called, who just simply could not believe it.  —  No one was shocked that Rather is still mad at CBS — he made that clear when he left the network last year …
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Garance / theGarance.com:
Fred Thompson vs. Teh Sexy  —  Last Friday at a dinner party the conversation turned to Fred Thompson, and whether or not he is actually sexy.  The guests were primarily political reporters, including one who'd just come back from following Thompson on the campaign trail, where …
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," …
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 …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Newt's Vision Thing  —  In the years since I first met him in 1974, I have learned that it's wise to take Newt Gingrich seriously.  He has many character flaws, and his language is often exaggerated and imprudent.  But if there is any politician of the current generation who has earned the label …
Steve Fainaru / Washington Post:
Where Military Rules Don't Apply  —  Blackwater's Security Force in Iraq Given Wide Latitude by State Dept.  —  Blackwater USA, the private security company involved in a Baghdad shootout last weekend, operated under State Department authority that exempted the company from U.S. military …
 
 
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Washington Wire:
What's in Your Wallet? New $5 Bill Debuts
Discussion: Suitably Flip and FP Passport
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
On What the Troops Want  —  Yesterday, a number of Senators …
Discussion: Firedoglake
driftglass:
The color for today is  —  In support of good causes, people ask for things all the time.
Discussion: Blue Gal
Washington Post:
Giuliani Seeking Support From NRA
Frank James / The Swamp:
GOP debate for black, brown voters grows by one
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson informs friends he won't back Thompson
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC to Offer Downloads of Its Shows
Certain ideas of Europe:
Who needs toothpaste?  —  ONE OF the tired cliches about Europe …
Discussion: The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Rep. Phil Hare / The Politico:
Free trade must be fair trade
Jeff Emanuel / Human Events:
Iraqi National Police Break Up al-Qaeda Rape, Terror Cell in Samarra
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Pied Piper of Crawford
Jules Crittenden:
The Gallic War  —  Mon ami le Frogman has done me the tremendous honor …
The Age:
Paying dearly to hear Gore's climate story
Larry Celona / New York Post:
ISLAM LEAFLET SCHOOL BUST
Discussion: pw pub
Lurxst / Daily Kos:
I Don't Support the Troops..oops, there, I said it
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Darth Cheney  —  "You can always tell when the Republicans …