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4:20 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NYT ombudsman confirms: MoveOn got a price break it didn't deserve  —  $142,083 for a full-page ad guaranteed to run on a date certain.  $64,575 for a full-page "standby" ad to run on any date of the paper's choosing within a seven-day period.  MoveOn got the date-certain guarantee but paid …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Betraying Its Own Best Interests
Atrios / Eschaton:
Blogger Ethics Panel
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
French mime artist Marceau dies
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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"
Hotline On Call:
Romney is the Survivor on the Island  —  Mackinac Island, MI-  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 23, 2007  —  CONTACT: Amy Walter (202) 280-0675  —  Gov Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, receiving 39 % of the 979 votes cast.
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) …
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 …
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Clinton Calls Health Care Plan a `Moral Imperative'  —  Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called overhauling the U.S. health-insurance system a ``moral imperative'' and said that raising taxes on the wealthy along with cost savings would be enough to pay for the proposal she unveiled last week.
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Wake Up, Dead Man?  —  I'm at O'Hare at the moment.  A friend just phoned me with the straw poll results, I'll correct them later when I get a chance to look: … This is an incredible result for several reasons.  Romney's win is no surprise — he paid for many volunteers to attend …
Discussion: Power Line
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Bend over for Nurse Hillary  —  Our theme for today comes from George W Bush: "Freedom is the desire of every human heart."  —  When the president uses the phrase, he's invariably applying it to various benighted parts of the Muslim world.  There would seem to be quite a bit of evidence …
Steve Twedt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Scaife demands documents from Post-Gazette  —  Attorneys for Tribune-Review publisher Richard M. Scaife have filed court papers demanding the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette return documents related to the divorce of Mr. Scaife and his wife, Margaret Ritchie Battle Scaife.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Glenn Reynolds /
HOW TO SABOTAGE AHMADINEJAD: Have some scantily-clad coed run up and give him a kiss.  Make sure photos are distributed in Iran.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Hurricane Katrina Exacts Another Toll: Enduring Depression  —  Health Officials Cite Stresses of Rebuilding  —  NEW ORLEANS — A gravel-voiced fire department captain, Michael Gowland says he had never been a big crier.  —  "I'm not a Neanderthal," he said last week, "but I wasn't much for tears."
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 …
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 …
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.
Times of London:
Israelis seized nuclear material in Syrian raid
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
$50 Billion for Military Is Added to Budget
Faiz / Think Progress:
Cranky Novak Rips Greenspan 'As A Democrat,' Calls Mukasey 'Totally Unqualified'
Ron Hayes / Palm Beach Post:
WWII documentary's brief profanity puts stations in conflict
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
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
More Profit and Less Nursing at Many Homes
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
China in Three Colors
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Kari Lydersen / Washington Post:
War Costing $720 Million Each Day, Group Says
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Thompson's Speaking Style