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1:20 PM ET, September 23, 2007


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Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
N.Y. Times admits Petraeus ad sold to at 1/2 off  —  The old gray lady has some explaining to do.  —  Officials at the New York Times have admitted a liberal activist group was permitted to pay half the rate it should have for a provocative ad condemning U.S. Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Betraying Its Own Best Interests  —  FOR nearly two weeks, The New York Times has been defending a political advertisement that critics say was an unfair shot at the American commander in Iraq.  —  But I think the ad violated The Times's own written standards, and the paper …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Remember me  —  Hillary Rodham Kerry  —  Hillary Clinton embarassed herself last week—but Republicans shouldn't celebrate for too long.  —  On October 2, 2003, Senator John Kerry voted for an $87 billion appropriation to fund U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that was paired with rescinding some Bush tax cuts.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Power Line
Times of London:
Israelis seized nuclear material in Syrian raid  —  Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month, according to informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike  —  Also from Sarah Baxter: Israelis seized nuclear material in Syrian raid |  Snatched: Israeli commandos 'nuclear' raid |  Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache' |  Alan Greenspan: "Blair was clearly an aide to Brown"
Times of London:
Snatched: Israeli commandos 'nuclear' raid  —  Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv, Sarah Baxter, Washington, and Michael Sheridan  —  ISRAELI commandos from the elite Sayeret Matkal unit - almost certainly dressed in Syrian uniforms - made their way stealthily towards a secret military compound near Dayr az-Zawr in northern Syria.
Washington Post:
In Swing Districts, Democratic Enthusiasm Is Harder to Come By  —  Conventional wisdom dictates that Democratic voters are thrilled with their choices for president, bursting at the seams to rally behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) or whoever gets the party's nod next year.
Angela Doland / Associated Press:
Marcel Marceau, Famed French Mime, Dies  —  PARIS (AP) — Marcel Marceau, whose lithe gestures and pliant facial expressions revived the art of mime and brought poetry to silence, died Saturday.  He was 84.  —  Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower …
Discussion: Althouse, Jules Crittenden and Death
French mime artist Marceau dies  —  The French mime artist Marcel Marceau has died at the age of 84, his family has announced.  —  The performer was known around the world for his portrayal of a white-faced clown with battered hat.  —  Born in Strasbourg in 1923, Marceau studied under mime master Etienne Decroux in Paris.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
REWRITING 'GOD BLESS AMERICA'  —  It didn't generate much in the way of media attention this week, but a bunch of religious right groups co-sponsored the first-ever "Values Voter" debate a few days ago for the GOP presidential field.  The top four (Giuliani, Romney, McCain, and Thompson) …
Discussion: TalkLeft and DownWithTyranny!
Open Letter to Progressive Opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  by The Columbia Coalition Against the War  —  As Columbia only very recently announced, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be speaking in Roone Arledge auditorium this Monday.  A number of students and student organizations …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Sunday Talking Head Thread  —  Here's the Sunday Talking Head line-up for this morning.  (partially via the Contra Costa Times.)  — C-Span Washington Journal:7:45am - Thomas Schaller, Baltimore Sun, National Political Columnist |  Article; 8:30am - Newspaper Articles & Viewer Calls …
Discussion: The Caucus
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Clinton faces huge test on Sunday
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
A Mother's Strength, a Candidate's Ambition
Terror: Al Qaeda's Feuds and Fears  —  Lonely, marginalized and suddenly suspicious that he was losing his grip over the organization he helped create, Osama bin Laden finally decided that enough was enough.  At least that's the explanation sources close to him are giving for why …
Investor's Business Daily:
The 'Old' Consensus?  —  Climate Change: Did NASA scientist James Hansen, the global warming alarmist in chief, once believe we were headed for . . . an ice age?  An old Washington Post story indicates he did.  —  On July 9, 1971, the Post published a story headlined "U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming."
David Margolick / New York Times:
The Day Louis Armstrong Made Noise  —  FIFTY years ago this week, all eyes were on Little Rock, Ark., where nine black students were trying, for the first time, to desegregate a major Southern high school.  With fewer than 150 blacks, the town of Grand Forks, N.D., hardly figured to be a key front …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney, your campaign 'change agent'
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Soldiers of the Queen, cont.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
New York Times:
Security Company Faces Iraqi Criminal Charges
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Rulz  —  Village rule number one:  —  You can't employ a play …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
More Profit and Less Nursing at Many Homes
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Nuance and Resolve in Rulings by Attorney General Nominee
Discussion: Hullabaloo and BeldarBlog
Explosives belt designated for holiday attack found in Tel Aviv apartment