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8:15 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
Alice Wallace / Ocala Star-Banner:
Police report student told them: 'You didn't do anything wrong'  —  GAINESVILLE - Police have released the incident report detailing the Tasering of a University of Florida student during a campus forum with Sen. John Kerry Monday, and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote …
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New York Times:
Iraqi Report Says Blackwater Guards Fired First  —  A preliminary Iraqi report on a shooting involving an American diplomatic motorcade said Tuesday that Blackwater security guards were not ambushed, as the company reported, but instead fired at a car when it did not heed a policeman's call to stop, killing a couple and their infant.
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraq considers new steps against security companies  —  BAGHDAD — Two survivors of Sunday's shooting at a busy Baghdad traffic roundabout said Tuesday that security guards for a State Department convoy opened fire without provocation, contradicting assertions by the guards' U.S.-based employer …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Diplomatic convoys curtailed in Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter and AMERICAblog
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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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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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: The Corner
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 …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats' Iraq Push on Hold
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
New York Times:
Migration Reshapes Iraq's Sectarian Landscape  —  A vast internal migration is radically reshaping Iraq's ethnic and sectarian landscape, according to new data collected by thousands of relief workers, but displacement in the most populous and mixed areas is surprisingly complex …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
Craig makes surprise return to Capitol
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
USA Today:
Poll: Public not swayed by Petraeus
Sarah Garland / New York Sun:
Cleric Turns Against Al Qaeda
Discussion: TigerHawk and Classical Values
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Security Took 'Turn for Worse' In Southern Iraq, Report Says
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