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9:50 PM ET, September 22, 2007

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Haaretz:
Explosives belt designated for holiday attack found in Tel Aviv apartment  —  A suicide attack in Tel Aviv was thwarted on Saturday when security forces found an explosives belt in an apartment in the city, designated to be used in an attack over the Yom Kippur holiday.
Discussion: Yourish.com and Solomonia
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Ynetnews:
Police, Shin Bet foil suicide attack in Tel Aviv  —  (Video) Officers discover explosive belt hidden in residential building following arrest of Nablus resident during last week's operation in West Bank city.  Sappers conduct controlled-detonation of belt  —  Efrat Weiss
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Agence France Presse:
N Korea trains Syrian missile engineers: report  —  A report says North Korea has trained Syrian missile engineers and the Arab nation has bartered farm products and computers for missiles from the Stalinist state.  —  The two countries have recently strengthened missile cooperation …
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New York Times:
Israeli Raid on Syria Fuels Debate on Weapons
Lewis Smith / Times of London:
Rapeseed biofuel 'produces more greenhouse gas than oil or petrol'  —  A renewable energy source designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is contributing more to global warming than fossil fuels, a study suggests.  —  Measurements of emissions from the burning of biofuels derived …
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Romney Falls Flat — Bombs, Even.  —  Romney hit some of the themes he needs to — he spoke on being a "Change Republican" and emphasized family values in particular.  He also pointed out his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, which, with Thompson's rejection of it, makes him unique among the major Republican candidates.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush: Kids' health care will get vetoed  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush again called Democrats "irresponsible" on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children's health insurance program.  —  "Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed," …
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The Politico:
Protecting kids at the expense of politics
Discussion: The Swamp
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Iraq: Blackwater guards fired unprovoked  —  BAGHDAD - Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in a shooting last week that left 11 people dead, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday.  He said the case was referred to the Iraqi judiciary.
New York Post:
BAD CALL BY RUDE RUDY  —  PUTS NRA CROWD ON HOLD FOR JUDI  —  Hold on, it's Judi.  —  That's the stunning line Rudy Giuliani told an already-skeptical crowd of gun enthusiasts yesterday when he abruptly interrupted his speech - to take a call from his wife.
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Mitt Romney's Silence on Blackwater  —  Just caught this.  Politico's Kenneth Vogel suggests that Mitt Romney's silence about the Blackwater killings in Iraq may have something to do with the fact that: … I thought it might have been Romney's general stance on the inappropriately termed war …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Romney silent on Blackwater shooting
Discussion: CNN and Los Angeles Times
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Collecting of Details on Travelers Documented  —  U.S. Effort More Extensive Than Previously Known  —  The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Family Values  —  A Republican stands by his daughter, does the right thing, and backs his daughter's right to marry the woman she loves.  If only more Republicans had the humanity and courage of the mayor of San Diego, they could go into the twenty-first century sharing their ideas rather than their phobias.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
OH, THAT JENA SIX  —  By any reasonable measure, Fred Thompson, the actor-lobbyist-presidential candidate, is off to a rough start.  Particularly on policy matters, Thompson has been confused and uninformed about everything from Social Security policy to drilling the Everglades for oil to the 2005 Schiavo controversy.
Sherman Yellen / The Huffington Post:
Bush Family Table Talk  —  "America's Grandma," Barbara Bush, is at it again.  No, she is no longer advising us that half-drowned African American's who survived Katrina should be comfortable in their distress because they are accustomed to living in squalor, today she is offering up advice …
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Rising seas likely to flood U.S. history  —  Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting.  —  In about a century …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Simon Caldwell / Daily Mail:
Pope in 'freedom' blast at Islam  —  The Pope has again risked provoking the wrath of the Islamic world, by criticising its treatment of Christians.  —  Benedict XVI attacked Muslim nations where Christians are either persecuted or given the status of second-class citizens under the Shariah Islamic law.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney: Giuliani will need family support  —  MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Mitt Romney used a press conference here to take a veiled but unmistakable shot at Rudy Giuliani's messy personal life, saying that the eventual Republican nominee would need to have a united front from their family to defeat Hillary Clinton.
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
'NUTPICKING' HITS THE BIG TIME
Julian E. Barnes / www.kansascity.com:
Bush will ask for a big boost in war funds
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Of course we'd invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean
Gov. Bill Richardson / The Huffington Post:
Ads Don't Kill People, Wars Do
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Peter Wood / Jobs, News and Views …:
Truths R Us  —  The American Association of University Professors …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and The Corner
G'Kar / Obsidian Wings:
The Village Remembers  —  Let me begin with the standard disclaimers …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Little Green Footballs:
Can't Tase This  —  This one's too good not to steal from Allahpundit …
Horses Mouth:
You know, it's boring that this needs to be pointed out …
Discussion: Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Clinton Solidifies Edge as Rivals Take a Tougher Line
Discussion: The Swamp
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
In 2008, Bush v. Gore Redux?
Johnnie L. Roberts / Newsweek:
A Rather Controversial Ending
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rudy: 9/11 Changed My Mind On Gun Control
Associated Press:
SoCal investors sue Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Spitzer Grants Illegal Immigrants Easier Access to Driver's Licenses
Little Green Footballs:
Religion of Peace Riots in Bangladesh