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12:50 PM ET, September 20, 2007

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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 …
Ianthe Jeanne Dugan / Wall Street Journal:
Norman Hsu Faces Charges Tied to Democratic Fund-Raising  —  Federal officials are expected to bring a criminal case against Norman Hsu today, charging the Democratic super-donor with operating a $60 million pyramid scheme and violating campaign-finance laws.
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Hillary, Truth Not At Peace Over $850,000 Said Refunded
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bundlemania!  WSJ finds another possibly shady "HillRaiser" …
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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.
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?
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Secret Service Will Accompany Iranian President If He Goes to Ground Zero
Discussion: The American Pundit
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
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Standing on One Principle, Voting on Another
Discussion: TalkLeft and Democratic Strategist
Washington Wire:
What's in Your Wallet?  New $5 Bill Debuts  —  T. W. Farnam reports on the latest currency anti-counterfeiting measures.  —  Perhaps it reflects the frequency with which the government redesigns its currency.  —  Instead of calling a news conference to roll out the new $5 bill …
Discussion: Suitably Flip and FP Passport
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
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us  —  REPUBLICAN presidential candidates can't get elected without owning the tax issue.  So far, the current crop is giving it away.  —  A huge reason for Ronald Reagan's popularity was his cutting of all income-tax rates and ending of "bracket creep," …
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 …
 
 
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
IED  —  A reader whose son is serving in the Army says this video …
Discussion: TIME
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Staying in Iraq: $25 Billion per Year... Forever
Yahoo! News:
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Gingrich wants $30 million to run
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
On What the Troops Want  —  Yesterday, a number of Senators …
Discussion: Firedoglake
driftglass:
The color for today is  —  In support of good causes, people ask for things all the time.
Discussion: Blue Gal
Washington Post:
Giuliani Seeking Support From NRA
 Earlier Items: 
Frank James / The Swamp:
GOP debate for black, brown voters grows by one
Discussion: The Hill
Certain ideas of Europe:
Who needs toothpaste?  —  ONE OF the tired cliches about Europe …
Discussion: The Corner
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's Return to Message of 'Change'
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Pied Piper of Crawford
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Newt's Vision Thing
Steve Fainaru / Washington Post:
Where Military Rules Don't Apply
Jules Crittenden:
The Gallic War  —  Mon ami le Frogman has done me the tremendous honor …
The Age:
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