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9:40 AM ET, September 20, 2007

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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.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Columbia's disgrace  —  There is a suicidal mania that grips elite opinion in the United States.  It is exemplified nowhere better than in our elite educational institutions.  Today, for example, Columbia University has issued the following statement to its alumni:
Thomas J. Lueck / New York Times:
Iranian Leader Was Denied Ground Zero Visit
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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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Senate Republicans block Iraq bill  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats' best near-term chance to change President George W. Bush's Iraq strategy.
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 …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
AQ Video: Crusaders Admit They're Losing  —  Ayman al-Zawahiri tells the mujaheddin that the US finds itself losing in Iraq and Afghanistan, all appearances to the contrary — and that our politicians admit our defeat.  The new al-Qaeda video includes Mohammed Atta's last recorded words as well as the usual stream of AQ propaganda:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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Lurxst / Daily Kos:
I Don't Support the Troops..oops, there, I said it  —  This has been digging at me for, oh, about 4 years now.  I have been hesitant to express this thought, in comments sections and in discussion with other people about the Iraq quagmire for fear of, I don't know, being called mean.  Or, un-American.
Discussion: QandO and Jules Crittenden
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Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos: 'I Don't Support the Troops..oops, There, I Said It'
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The American Pundit
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Darth Cheney  —  "You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President's motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges," Clinton said just now at Town Hall in New York.  —  "I'm not invited to their meetings and I don't know what he says or does," she said.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, MSNBC, Power Line and Don Surber
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Prominent Lawyer to Be Indicted  —  Melvyn I. Weiss, a leading class-action securities lawyer, is expected to be indicted as early as today in connection with the kickback scheme that has ensnared his firm, Milberg Weiss, and several former lawyers there, the firm said yesterday in a statement.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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The Trail:
Lawyer in Plea Deal Was Edwards Bundler
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.
Kristen McQueary / The Daily Southtown:
Weller's next challenge  —  If U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller runs for re-election, he may face two feisty gals: Debbie and Emily.  —  Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D-Crete) is considering running for the 11th District congressional seat, in part because of hot pursuit from Emily's List …
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Jim Tankersley / Chicago Tribune:
Sources: Weller to retire
Discussion: MyDD and The Politico
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 …
Jules Crittenden:
The Gallic War  —  Mon ami le Frogman has done me the tremendous honor of refering to me as Gaius Julius Crittenden ... apparently a mocking reference to my efforts to document the Gallic War ... this most recent lasted about five minutes, so documenting it really wasn't hard work.
Discussion: the dissident frogman
 
 
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Big Terror Trial Shaped Views of Justice Pick
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jackson backpedals on Obama, 'Jena 6' at issue
Discussion: The Hill
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
CBS Is Sued by Rather Over Ouster
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us
Discussion: Economist's View
The Age:
Paying dearly to hear Gore's climate story
Larry Celona / New York Post:
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Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
GOP Cornyn To Introduce Senate Resolution Criticizing MoveOn Ad
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Detainees' Rights Bill
Santa Cruz Sentinel:
As We See It: Campuses hurt by elitists
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
I read the news today, oh boy...
Discussion: Cox & Forkum and Townhall.com
John Dickerson / Slate:
Time To Panic?  —  OBAMA'S FALLING WAY BEHIND CLINTON IN THE POLLS.
The Hill:
Johanns to resign, run for Senate, sources say
 

 
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