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4:45 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
Discussion: WILLisms.com
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A SERIOUS SYRIAN WORK ACCIDENT
Discussion: Israel Matzav and TigerHawk
Nick Antosca / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Should be Ashamed, and the Cop Who Tased Andrew Meyer Should be Jailed  —  By now I'm sure you've seen the videos of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer being attacked and tasered by university police at a John Kerry speaking event.  If not, here's one, here's another, and here's another.
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CNN:
Cops put on leave after Tasering student  —  (CNN) — Two University of Florida police officers have been placed on leave with pay after using an electronic stun gun to subdue a student who was questioning Sen. John Kerry at a campus forum, the school's president said Tuesday.
Will / Attytood:
Meet the future savior of journalism: "FamousWriterMan@aol.com", a/k/a Taserman "The Andrew Meyer"  —  It figures.  —  He's a journalist.  —  In fact, now 21-year-old University of Florida student journalist Andrew Meyer — or "The Andrew Mayer," based on his personal Web site …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Updated) "Don't Tase Me Bro"  —  Michelle Malkin has the most comprehensive coverage of the taser incident at the University of Florida.  —  And here's Kerry's statement: … I don't know how Kerry could have missed the shouts of "don't tase me bro," but I'm not sure what his response should have been anyway.
Associated Press:
Student Zapped With Taser Caught On Tape
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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Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air TV: Rep. Jack Murtha confronted about Haditha accusations Updated  —  We've just obtained video of Rep. Jack Murtha being directly confronted over repeatedly accusing the Haditha Marines of murdering Iraqis "in cold blood."  I'm editing and processing it now, so we should have it online before too long.
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
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: MyDD, Daily Kos and Greatscat!
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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 …
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).
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
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Officials Promise Surveillance Privacy Safeguards Unchanged  —  In response to questions from lawmakers about possible surveillance of Americans, McConnell and Wainstein both stated flatly that the Protect America Act doesn't remove robust "minimization" procedures for handling information collected …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Charges dropped against another Marine in Haditha case
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New York Times:
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Sarah Garland / New York Sun:
Cleric Turns Against Al Qaeda
Discussion: TigerHawk and Classical Values
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Murdered Sunni Sheik Was Set To Visit U.S.
T. A. Frank / Washington Monthly:
Why Is Bob Herbert Boring?
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Angry Bear
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
MoveOn.org and the media mess
Discussion: Firedoglake and rubber hose
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Video on domestic violence
Discussion: Feministing and Feministe
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Bill Dies in Senate
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iraq Diary: Jammers Beat Bombers (Which May Be Bad News)