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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?
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Bolton: Ahmadinejad's Proposed Ground Zero Visit "Nothing But Propaganda"
Discussion: Kesher Talk
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Secret Service Will Accompany Iranian President If He Goes to Ground Zero
Discussion: The American Pundit
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 …
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" …
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 …
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
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Bush vs MoveOn
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Standing on One Principle, Voting on Another  —  To paraphrase the immortal words of John Kerry, Sen. John Warner actually did vote to shorten the Iraq war before he voted to lengthen it.  —  Just two months ago, the courtly Virginia Republican went to the Senate floor and sided …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Democratic Strategist
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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
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.
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," …
 
 
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Discussion: TIME
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On What the Troops Want  —  Yesterday, a number of Senators …
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GOP debate for black, brown voters grows by one
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