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1:50 PM 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:
New York Post:
JUST SHOVE YOUR WREATH  —  CITY TO IRAN PREZ: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Michelle Malkin:
Time to organize an Ahmadinejad welcoming party?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rather Strikes Back  —  I was extremely surprised by Dan Rather's lawsuit yesterday, but not as stunned as the CBS people I called, who just simply could not believe it.  —  No one was shocked that Rather is still mad at CBS — he made that clear when he left the network last year …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Dan Rather Sues CBS, Seeking To 'Restore His Reputation'  —  In an extraordinary move that reflects the depth of his resentment toward his former network, Dan Rather sued CBS yesterday, charging that he was made a "scapegoat" for a discredited 2004 story about President Bush's National Guard record …
Natalie Finn / E! Online:
Dan Rather Suing Mad at CBS
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Beldar / beldar.blogs.com:
Just tell me when I can get in line for tickets to attend the trial: Rather v. CBS
Discussion: Althouse and Law Blog
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Reso Condemning MoveOn Passes Overwhelmingly, With Lots Of Dems  —  The GOP-introduced resolution condemning MoveOn just passed by a huge margin, 72-25.  Roughly half the Democrats in the Senate supported it.  —  A couple of the more interesting votes: Jim Webb, who just yesterday was a Netroots hero …
Discussion: Open Left
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bush vs MoveOn  —  Just when the hubbub over MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad appeared to be receding into the political background, President Bush unleashed an attack on the group — and the Democratic Party — during a just-concluded press conference.  —  Bush called the ad "disgusting" …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN Political Ticker
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senate Set To Vote Today On Condemning MoveOn — And On Boxer's Alternative  —  Looks like there's going to be another contentious vote in the Senate today.  Harry Reid's office tells me that there's going to be a vote today on a GOP-introduced resolution on whether to condemn MoveOn for running …
CBN.com:
James Dobson to Fred Thompson: No Thanks  —  James Dobson, head of the influential Focus on the Family Ministry will be taking a pass on supporting Fred Thompson.  You can read why below from The Associated Press and then get my take afterwards: … Read the whole article here.
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Garance / theGarance.com:
Fred Thompson vs. Teh Sexy  —  Last Friday at a dinner party the conversation turned to Fred Thompson, and whether or not he is actually sexy.  The guests were primarily political reporters, including one who'd just come back from following Thompson on the campaign trail, where …
Newsweek:
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval Rises Slightly to 24%  —  Gain almost entirely due to improved ratings from Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's 2007 polling from January through August chronicled a nearly relentless decline in public approval of the job Congress is doing.
Discussion: The Swamp and Pollster.com
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Progressive blogosphere MIA on Jena 6  —  [My god.  The depth of ignorance and denial over the lack of progressive blogging on this story is displayed in full flower at Chris's diary at DKos, where he cross posted — and some of the excuses are mind-boggling.]
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CNN
 
 
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CNN:
Ag secretary resigns; Senate run expected
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Paul Krugman:
The Straight and Not Narrow
Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway  —  Come to think of it, I'll text-message Chelsea …
Discussion: Think Progress
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Top Hillary Clinton backer rips Rudy Giuliani's personal life
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Such a Strange Place, Academia
Discussion: protein wisdom
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
From The Dept. Of Wasting My Taxpayer Dollars On GOP Political Grandstanding
Discussion: Brendan Calling
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fox's goddamn hypocrisy.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IED  —  A reader whose son is serving in the Army says this video …
Discussion: TIME
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Yahoo! News:
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Standing on One Principle, Voting on Another
Washington Wire:
What's in Your Wallet? New $5 Bill Debuts
Discussion: Suitably Flip and FP Passport
Certain ideas of Europe:
Who needs toothpaste?  —  ONE OF the tired cliches about Europe …
Discussion: The Corner
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Newt's Vision Thing
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us
Marc Fisher / Raw Fisher:
Pants Update: The Dry Cleaners Shuts Down
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright
 

 
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Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
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