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6:02 PM ET, September 21, 2007


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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 …
Washington Post:
Senate Shelves Measure to Require Troop Withdrawal Timetable
Discussion: Don Surber
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democrats' Iraq Offensive Turned Back
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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.
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:
Bootmaker for Bush, world leaders arrested  —  GUANAJUATO, Mexico (AP) — A bootmaker to world leaders, including President Bush and Vicente Fox, is in a Colorado jail, charged with money laundering and conspiring to illegally smuggle the skins of protected animals into the United States to provide exotic footwear for high-end clients.
Washington Post:
Israel, U.S. Shared Data On Suspected Nuclear Site  —  Bush Was Told of North Korean Presence in Syria, Sources Say  —  Israel's decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
The Atlantic Online:
That MoveOn Ad  —  I completely agree with the dread DC Establishment that calling General Petraeus "General Betrayus" was dumb.  That said, I'm staggered by the amount of emphasis that people inside this town are placing on this.  One virtue of having moved to the Beltway is that I can tell you …
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.
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
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 …
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
State to "Review" Blackwater Operations
US security firm resumes Baghdad work
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Sagar Meghani / Associated Press:
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John Edwards for President:
Edwards Announces Bold Education Agenda To Restore The Promise Of America's Schools
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Matching Headline To Story To Reality
Discussion: New York Times
Discussion: PressThink and
Robert D. Kaplan / New York Times:
Lost at Sea  —  THE ultimate strategic effect of the Iraq war …
Discussion: Commentary and Weekly Standard
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
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No joke: National Press Club to host Ahmadinejad at videoconference …
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Largest crib recall in history
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