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10:30 AM ET, September 20, 2007

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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:
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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.
Thomas J. Lueck / New York Times:
Iranian Leader Was Denied Ground Zero Visit
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 …
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Washington Post:
Past Clouds Candidates' Donor Lists  —  Names From '90s Scandal Among Clinton 'Bundlers'  —  A list of the donors who have "bundled" large sums from dozens of individuals to give to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign includes several figures who were involved …
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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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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   AQ Video: Crusaders Admit They're Losing
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
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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Associated Press:
Romney to attack gay marriage in radio ad  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - GOP contender Mitt Romney is launching a radio ad today touting his opposition to gay marriage.  —  Romney, who has been hit by conservatives for being soft on gay issues in the past, says he is the only major GOP candidate backing …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us
Discussion: Economist's View
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.
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.
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 …
Jeff Emanuel / Human Events:
Iraqi National Police Break Up al-Qaeda Rape, Terror Cell in Samarra  —  Samarra, Iraq — Like their hardline Islamist brethren in other nations — such as the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia, among others — the Islamic State of Iraq (or "ISI," …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Manu Raju / The Hill:
U.S. attorney imbroglio hits Puerto Rico  —  The nominee for U.S. attorney in Puerto Rico — who is investigating corruption allegations against the district's sitting governor — is being held up in secret in the Senate amid a vicious political battle that could reshape the future of the island.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Think Progress
 
 
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Lawmaker: GOP pushed 'bogus' terror threat to expand FISA
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Paul Krugman:
What I Hate About Political Coverage
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
CBC's event for Clinton prompts grumbles
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Newsweek:
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Jules Crittenden:
The Gallic War  —  Mon ami le Frogman has done me the tremendous honor …
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Lawyer in Plea Deal Was Edwards Bundler
Nic Fleming / Telegraph:
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