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6:25 AM ET, September 20, 2007


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Sarah Garland / New York Sun:
U.S. May Escort Ahmadinejad to Ground Zero  —  Talks Underway After Iranian Requests a Visit  —  In a move that has stunned New York, the Bloomberg administration is in discussions to escort the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to ground zero during his visit to New York next week, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said today.
Thomas J. Lueck / New York Times:
Iranian Leader Was Denied Ground Zero Visit  —  An advance team for the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asked earlier this month that he be allowed to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week, but the request was denied …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Columbia's disgrace  —  There is a suicidal mania that grips …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
NYPD Rejects Iran President's Viewing Request
Discussion: The American Pundit
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.
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.
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Rather Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS  —  Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a $70 million lawsuit this afternoon against the network …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
I read the news today, oh boy...  I went over to the Fox News story on Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit and was laughing my head off over the charge that he was fired to "pacify the White House" when my eye fell on the right-hand column of current headlines.  What a snapshot of the world.  In order:
Discussion: Cox & Forkum
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
CBS Is Sued by Rather Over Ouster
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: Jules Crittenden
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The President Goes to War Over "Betray Us"  —  Kate O'Beirne and I just got back from a meeting with the president in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a small group of conservative journalists.  —  There was a lot of ground covered, and the president was in a serious but confident mood …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   Unforgiven  —  My intemperate language earlier today is informed …
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
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.
Esmeralda Bermudez / Oregonian:
Mexican lesson plans crossing the border  —  Immigration - Some Oregon schools are using curricula from Mexico to aid Spanish speakers  —  Oregon is counting on a new tool to educate Spanish-speaking students across state schools: Mexico's curriculum.  —  Already in place at three Oregon high schools …
The Hill:
Johanns to resign, run for Senate, sources say  —  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns (R) will resign his Cabinet post and run for the Senate seat being vacated by Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), according to local GOP sources.  —  The sources said Johanns plans to resign early next week …
Sam Stein / Huffington Post:
GOP Cornyn To Introduce Senate Resolution Criticizing MoveOn Ad  —  As Congress considers a series of legislation that would drastically alter the course and direction of the Iraq War, one prominent Republican Senator will be focusing his efforts on condemning the newspaper advertisement of an anti-war group.
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Cancer cure 'may be available in two years'
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Webb amendment Fails! UPDATED: RNC head says it demeaned the troops!
Ezra Klein:
Hazardous Morals  —  Moral hazard is a pretty simple idea …
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Ugly Alliance
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