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4:40 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 …
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.
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 …
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) …
Immigrationprof / ImmigrationProf Blog:
ImmigrationProf Exclusive: Interview With Senator Barack Obama  —  We are pleased to announce that at 8 A.M. PST on Tuesday morning, the ImmigrationProf blog will post an exclusive interview with Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill), one of the candidates vying for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BLACKWATER UPDATE...The Iraqi government confirmed today that it has videotape of the Blackwater shooting incident from last week: … How conclusive is this videotape?  On the one hand, apparently conclusive enough that Iraqi officials are claiming they plan to bring criminal charges against the Blackwater shooters.
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
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Challenge to Junta in Myanmar Gains Momentum  —  The most serious popular challenge to Myanmar's military junta in nearly two decades gained momentum Sunday as thousands of onlookers cheered huge columns of barefoot monks and shouted support for the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, witnesses said.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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'
Steve Twedt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Scaife demands documents from Post-Gazette
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Hurricane Katrina Exacts Another Toll: Enduring Depression
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:
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