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2:50 PM ET, September 19, 2007

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Faiz / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Warner, McCain To Propose Toothless, Watered-Down Version Of Webb Amendment  —  Speaking on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), an ardent opponent of a pro-troop measure to relieve the stress on the overstretched armed forces, announced he will propose a toothless …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Democrats' Iraq Push on Hold  —  Reid Plans Spring Effort to Set June 2008 Pullout Deadline  —  Unable to garner enough Republican support, Senate Democratic leaders said yesterday that they are abandoning a bipartisan effort to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by next spring.
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Webb's Iraq bill inches closer to 60  —  Four new Senate Republicans signaled Tuesday that they may vote for a Democratic amendment aimed at giving U.S. troops in Iraq more time at home between deployments, helping Democrats inch closer to a rare victory on the conduct of the Iraq war.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: Warner Introducing Non-Binding Version Of Webb Amendement …
Roddie A. Burris / The State:
Jackson criticizes Obama  —  Presidential candidate's response to Jena, La., case called too weak  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Tuesday on Democrats seeking the 2008 nomination for president to give S.C. voters "something to vote for" when they go to the polls in January.
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Richard G. Jones / New York Times:
In Louisiana, a Tree, a Fight and a Question of Justice
Discussion: Hot Air and News Hounds
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.
Scott Wong / Arizona Republic:
Widow of Luke pilot lashes out at media  —  Days after an al-Qaida-linked group released a video showing the body of a Luke Air Force Base fighter pilot killed in Iraq last year, his widow lashed out at the national media, accusing it of politicizing and using the images to erode public support for the war.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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Steven Clemons / Salon:
Why Bush won't attack Iran  —  Despite saber-rattling, and the Washington buzz that a strike is coming, the president doesn't intend to bomb Iran.  Cheney may have other ideas.  —  During a recent high-powered Washington dinner party attended by 18 people, Zbigniew Brzezinski …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Habeas Restoration Cloture Vote Tally  —  Senators of the 110th Congress:  —  Akaka, Daniel K.- (D - HI) — AYE  —  Alexander, Lamar- (R - TN) — NAY  —  Allard, Wayne- (R - CO) — NAY  —  Barrasso, John- (R - WY) — NAY  —  Baucus, Max- (D - MT) — AYE  —  Bayh, Evan- (D - IN) — AYE
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Bush, Congress at record low ratings: Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress registered record-low approval ratings in a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday, and a new monthly index measuring the mood of Americans dipped slightly on deepening worries about the economy.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
In the Shadow of Horror, SS Guardians Frolic  —  Last December, Rebecca Erbelding, a young archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, opened a letter from a former United States Army intelligence officer who said he wanted to donate photographs of Auschwitz he had found more than 60 years ago in Germany.
David Stout / New York Times:
Detainee Bill Blocked in Senate  —  A move to give terrorism suspects the right to challenge their detentions in federal court fell short in the Senate today, even though it had majority support.  —  Fifty-six senators voted to cut off debate, and move forward to a vote on the bill itself, a step known as cloture.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Swamp
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Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Bomb kills anti-Syrian lawmaker  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - A bomb killed an anti-Syrian lawmaker and four other people Wednesday in a Christian suburb east of the Lebanese capital, security officials said.  —  The blast targeted Antoine Ghanem, 64, a member of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party …
Discussion: Publius Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
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Gateway Pundit:
ANOTHER ASSASSINATION!!! Bomb Kills Antoine Ghanem!
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and The Gate
Dick Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Bush Record  —  In his new book, "The Age of Turbulence," my longtime friend Alan Greenspan argues that President Bush's economic and budget policies have been fiscally irresponsible.  I've known and admired Alan for years, and I believe he was a great chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran draws up plans to bomb Israel  —  TEHRAN, Iran - The deputy commander of Iran's air force said Wednesday that plans have been drawn up to bomb Israel if the Jewish state attacks Iran, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.  —  The announcement came amid rising tensions in the region …
Discussion: Op For
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Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. ramps up pressure on Iran
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Swamp
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Say Election 2008 is Annoying and a Waste of Time  —  While political junkies have enjoyed the extended pre-season for Election 2008, most voters say that the debates and other campaign activities so far have been annoying and a waste of time.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone …
David E. Bernstein / Los Angeles Times:
What about Larry?  —  Compare Chemerinsky's tale with academia's bashing of ex-Harvard chief Summers.  —  The saga of controversial liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky's on-again, off-again deanship at the new UC Irvine law school was highly unusual in two ways.
Discussion: pw pub and TaxProf Blog
 
 
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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Bizarre Man [Update: Jake Byrd] Steals Show at O.J. News Conference
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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch's Choice: Paid or Free for WSJ.com?
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
An Old Friend Joins Giuliani in a Spotlight
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Rightosphere Temperature Check For September
Washington Post:
Bloggers' Roundtable With Gen. Douglas M. Stone
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Will Congress Force Itself to Tackle Entitlements?
Discussion: CQ.com
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Union Fund Embezzlements 'Epidemic,' Analyst Says
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Johanns will enter Senate race
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James Risen / New York Times:
Warrantless Wiretaps Not Used, Official Says
Mike Lux / Open Left:
VandeHei/Harris Recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Culture of Caution
Discussion: Daily Kos
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Contractor Expert: State Dep't Also Culpable in Blackwater Incident
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Guardian:
The death of relativism  —  The film A Mighty Heart goes too far …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Education of Robert Gates
Washington Post:
Md. Ban On Gay Marriage Is Upheld
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Debate No-Shows Worry GOP Leaders
Post / Washington Post:
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