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9:05 PM ET, September 21, 2007


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Mandela still alive after embarrassing Bush remark  —  JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.
Matt / Think Progress:
Nelson Mandela Foundation confirms 'Mandela is alive.'  —  In his press conference yesterday, President Bush inartfully gave the impression that Saddam Hussein had killed former South African President Nelson Mandela, saying "Somebody said to me, I heard somebody say, 'Now, where's Mandela?'  Well,
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems end week with another Iraq failure  —  The Senate will adjourn for the weekend after a long week of tense debate over Iraq in which Democrats failed to move the ball and Republicans decided to stick with the White House in backing an unpopular war.  —  Yet another Democratic amendment …
New York Times:
In Search of a Congress  —  If you were one of the Americans waiting for Congress, under Democratic control, to show leadership on the war in Iraq, the message from the Senate is clear: "Nevermind."  The same goes for those waiting for lawmakers to fix the damage done to civil liberties …
2 arrested in noose incident near Jena  —  ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (CNN) — Authorities in Alexandria, Louisiana, arrested two people after nooses were seen hanging from the back of a red pickup Thursday night, the city's mayor told CNN.  —  Alexandria is less than an hour away from Jena …
Jason Whitlock / Kansas City Star:
Lessons from Jena, La.
No immediate release for 'Jena 6' teen
Discussion: TalkLeft and Too Sense
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly surprised "there was no difference" between Harlem restaurant and other New York restaurants … During the September 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, discussing his recent trip to have dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's, a famous restaurant in Harlem …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and The Mahablog
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
George Bush the Texan is 'scared of horses'  —  President Bush may like to be seen as a swaggering tough guy with a penchant for manly outdoor pursuits, but in a new book one of his closest allies has said he is afraid of horses.  —  Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico …
Associated Press:   Bush's bootmaker arrested for illegal skins
Rhonda Stewart / The Swamp:
Protesters give McCain best line at NRA gathering  —  McCain: "We beat you yesterday.... We'll beat you today . . . And we'll beat you tomorrow!"  File photo by Chuck Kennedy, McClatcthy/Tribune  —  by Christi Parsons  —  Anti-war protesters barged into a speech Sen. John McCain was giving …
The Washington Post / The Trail:
For Mrs. Giuliani, the NRA Can Wait
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Boycott Ahmadinejad  —  A Columbia student asked how he could effectively protest his university's invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak Monday.  My first response was to suggest petitions, e-mails to President Bollinger and the university trustees, letters to the student paper, peaceful protest, and the like.
MIT Student Arrested For Fake Bomb At Logan  —  Police Say Simpson Had Circuit Board, Wiring, and Play-Doh  —  Blog Chatter: See what people are saying about this story  —  (WBZ) BOSTON An MIT student with a fake bomb strapped to her chest was arrested at gunpoint Friday at Logan International Airport …
The Politico:
NRCC chair threatens to resign  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is trying to force out the top two staffers of the National Republican Campaign Committee — leading to a threat of resignation from the NRCC by Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) if it happens, said GOP insiders.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton: I'm not a lesbian  —  Hillary Clinton officially declared she's not a lesbian - not that there's anything wrong with that.  —  During an interview with The Advocate to be published next week, Sean Kennedy, the gay magazine's news and features editor, asked the presidential candidate …
The Blotter:
Anti-War YouTube 'Vet' Admits He Is Faker  —  Brian Ross and Vic Walter Report:  —  A Washington man, whose claims to have slaughtered civilians as a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq were seen by millions on YouTube, admitted in federal court in Seattle today that he was a fake and a liar.
Discussion: Hot Air, Blue Crab Boulevard and QandO
Jeff Zaslow / Wall Street Journal:
A Beloved Professor Delivers The Lecture of a Lifetime  —  Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, was about to give a lecture Tuesday afternoon, but before he said a word, he received a standing ovation from 400 students and colleagues.  —  He motioned to them to sit down.
Doug B. / Sentencing Law and Policy:
Breaking news (and SL&P exclusive?): federal Judge Paul Cassell resigning!  —  Though I am not sure whether to be sad or excited, I am intrigued to be able to break the news that that affirms Sentencing Hall of Famer District Judge Paul Cassell today has submitted to President George Bush his …
Drudge Report:
BOOK: CASTRO'S SON SAYS DAD DYING; BUT CUBAN LEADER DETERMINED TO OUTLIVE BUSH PRESIDENCY  —  The highly anticipated book on Fidel Castro from one of the preeminent authorities on Cuban and Miami politics and CBS' correspondent on Castro, Ann Louise Bardach, WITHOUT FIDEL …
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Matt / Think Progress:
Fox News To Air One-Hour Petraeus Special On Saturday Night
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Associated Press:
For first time, Iran directly confronts Israel on alleged nuclear arms
CBS 2 Reporter To File Charges After Scuffle
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Americans Deeply Dissatisfied With Nation's Governance
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
It Is Either Iraq Blurring Strategy Or Iraq Realignment
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Exclusive: Petraeus' Sectarian Death Count Methodology
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Thompson's campaign plagued by errors
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"It simply seemed depressing, oppressive and hopeless. …
Discussion: Jezebel
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White House:
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Matching Headline To Story To Reality
Discussion: New York Times
Robert D. Kaplan / New York Times:
Lost at Sea  —  THE ultimate strategic effect of the Iraq war …
Discussion: Commentary and Weekly Standard
Times of London:
Climate change may help rainforests
Maurice Possley / Chicago Tribune:
Largest crib recall in history
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: