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7:05 AM ET, September 19, 2007

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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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Ynetnews:
Report: Dozens dead in Syrian chemical weapons experiment  —  Jane's Magazine reports Syrian officers, Iranian engineers attempting to mount chemical warhead on Scud missile killed in accident which took place in secret location about two months ago  —  Dozens of Syrian military officers …
Discussion: WILLisms.com and Yourish.com
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A SERIOUS SYRIAN WORK ACCIDENT
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TigerHawk
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Nick Antosca / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Should be Ashamed, and the Cop Who Tased Andrew Meyer Should be Jailed
Digby / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
Webb's Righteous Amendment  —  The best thing about the grey eminence John Warner finally leaving the Senate is that he will no longer be around to play Lucy pulling the football away from the Democrats at the last minute any more.  For some reason, the political establishment persists …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
GOP Senator Warner "Reconsidering" Support For Webb Troop Bill  —  Just when it looked as if Senator Jim Webb's troop readiness bill might pick up enough GOP support to reach the magic number of 60 filibuster-proof votes, we're now getting word that Senator John Warner is reconsidering his backing for it and may vote against it.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Light 'Em Up for the Webb Amendment
Discussion: WorkingForChange and Eschaton
Agence France Presse:
Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village  —  LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.  —  Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled …
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Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Researchers say many languages are dying  —  WASHINGTON - When every known speaker of the language Amurdag gets together, there's still no one to talk to.  Native Australian Charlie Mangulda is the only person alive known to speak that language, one of thousands around the world on the brink of extinction.
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John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
World's Languages Dying Off Rapidly
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Redstate
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
U.S. Working to Reshape Iraqi Detainees  —  Moderate Muslims Enlisted to Steer Adults and Children Away From Insurgency  —  The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" and other education programs for Iraqi detainees, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone …
Discussion: First Draft
USA Today:
Poll: Public not swayed by Petraeus  —  WASHINGTON — A plurality of Americans say Gen. David Petraeus' proposal to begin withdrawing some U.S. forces from Iraq is on the right track, but his long-awaited testimony to Congress last week failed to change fundamental attitudes toward the war.
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Greatscat!
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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 …
Discussion: Too Sense
The Politico:
Democrats chuck Iraq compromise  —  Senate Democrats, who have spent weeks trying to woo Republicans to help end the war in Iraq, have taken a hard turn against compromise.  —  They now believe their best political strategy is to continue to play to a stalemate and blame an intransigent President Bush …
Eric Black Ink:
Paulose under investigation by feds  —  The federal Office of Special Counsel is investigating allegations that Rachel Paulose, U.S. attorney for Minnesota, mishandled classified information, decided to fire the subordinate who called it to her attention, retaliated against others in the office …
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
CRE says nation is fractured  —  Three decades of multi-culturalism have left Britain an unequal and segregated nation that is in danger of breaking up, race watchdogs say in a report published today.  —  The Commission for Racial Equality fears the country is ''fracturing" …
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Vox Popoli
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Stevens, Inouye top defense earmarks list at over $180M each; Byrd next at $166M  —  Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) are among the biggest winners in the 2008 Appropriations defense bill, according to data gathered by The Hill and the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS).
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Clinton Rejects Rival's Attack on Luncheon  —  The campaigns of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards traded pointed criticisms yesterday over Mrs. Clinton's use of a Washington luncheon for fund-raising.  —  The confrontation started with Mr. Edwards's campaign attacking …
Discussion: The Blue State
 
 
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
The milk just dried up  —  There's been a marked recent increase …
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Sarah Garland / New York Sun:
Cleric Turns Against Al Qaeda
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Murdered Sunni Sheik Was Set To Visit U.S.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Security Took 'Turn for Worse' In Southern Iraq, Report Says
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Daily Mail:
Muslim dentist 'told patient to wear a headscarf or go elsewhere'
Discussion: VodkaPundit