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10:50 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:
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.
New York Post:
JUST SHOVE YOUR WREATH  —  CITY TO IRAN PREZ: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO  —  By MURRAY WEISS and DAVID SEIFMAN in New York and GEOFF EARLE in Washington  —  "Obviously, it caught everyone off guard," one source said.  "It was dealt with swiftly."
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's Return to Message of 'Change'
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
CBC's event for Clinton prompts grumbles
Discussion: MSNBC, TIME and Associated Press
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   AQ Video: Crusaders Admit They're Losing
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.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain seen struggling to raise money  —  Sen. John McCain's recent "no-surrender-in-Iraq" campaign tour generated enough press buzz for a slight bounce in the polls, but donations continue to head south, along with his prospects of becoming president, some Republicans say.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
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
Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos: 'I Don't Support the Troops..oops, There, I Said It'
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The American Pundit
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 Impolitic and DownWithTyranny!
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us
Discussion: Norwegianity and Economist's View
Terror Watch: A Secret Lobbying Campaign  —  The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about  —  The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Pied Piper of Crawford  —  The bizarre and dishonest National Intelligence chief, Michael McConnell, is back up on the hill pushing for a permanent expansion of the warrantless wiretapping law he browbeat the congress into passing last August.  Only this time making sure that his former …
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.
Rep. Phil Hare / The Politico:
Free trade must be fair trade  —  In baseball, if the pitcher on one team must throw off of a mound 90 feet from home plate while his opponent is allowed to stand 30 feet closer, that is an uneven playing field.  —  And if the umpire refuses to enforce any of the rules of the game, you have an all-around flawed process.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
CBO: Bush Plans For Iraq Will Cost Trillions  —  A new Congressional study finds that President Bush's plans for the U.S. in Iraq over the next several decades will reach the trillions of dollars, on top of the approximately $567 billion the war has already cost.
Discussion: Danger Room
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Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson informs friends he won't back Thompson
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC to Offer Downloads of Its Shows
Certain ideas of Europe:
Who needs toothpaste?  —  ONE OF the tired cliches about Europe …
Discussion: The Corner
Garance /
Fred Thompson vs. Teh Sexy
Jeff Emanuel / Human Events:
Iraqi National Police Break Up al-Qaeda Rape, Terror Cell in Samarra
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Manu Raju / The Hill:
U.S. attorney imbroglio hits Puerto Rico
Paul Krugman:
What I Hate About Political Coverage
Discussion: Eschaton and Economist's View
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Newt's Vision Thing
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Big Terror Trial Shaped Views of Justice Pick
Discussion: Law Blog
Jules Crittenden:
The Gallic War  —  Mon ami le Frogman has done me the tremendous honor …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jackson backpedals on Obama, 'Jena 6' at issue
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Fisher / Raw Fisher:
Pants Update: The Dry Cleaners Shuts Down
The Age:
Paying dearly to hear Gore's climate story
Larry Celona / New York Post:
Discussion: pw pub
Nic Fleming / Telegraph:
Cancer cure 'may be available in two years'
Discussion: Tim Worstall and Rachel Lucas