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6:25 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 …
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.
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Wake Up, Dead Man?
Discussion: Power Line
Reid Wilson / RealClearPolitics:
Romney Wins Mackinac Poll
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney, your campaign 'change agent'
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Can We Talk Politics, Please?  —  BARACK OBAMA gets morning breath.  Elizabeth Edwards felt her rib pop during some good loving with her husband, John.  —  And Rudolph W. Giuliani, by the testimony of no less than his third wife, is a really-high-testosterone guy.  —  Must we go there?
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
THE 'TOO MUCH INFORMATION' CAMPAIGN  —  The New York Times laments the fact today that today's presidential candidates are sharing too much information about themselves. … Or in 1,000-word pieces for the paper of record.  —  The Times piece seems to revel in its own irony.
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
Iraq: Blackwater staff will face criminal charges  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The Iraqi government will file criminal charges against employees of U.S. security firm Blackwater who are blamed for a gun battle in Baghdad in which civilians were killed, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Sunday.
Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Syria's move  —  Assad is under competing pressures to either attack Israel or make peace  —  An explosion ripped through a military base near Aleppo in northern Syria July 23, killing 15 Syrian soldiers and dozens of Iranian engineers.  Summer temperatures of up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit caused …
Discussion: Power Line and 2 Political Junkies
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Syria, Iran and the Norky Nukes, Oh My!
Discussion: Newsweek and Outside The Beltway
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"
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
LOOSE NUKES  —  Looking back, it's still hard to fathom.  In late August, an Air Force bomber accidentally flew six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads from North Dakota to Louisiana — with the power of 60 Hiroshimas — and no one realized the nuclear-armed missiles were missing for more than a day.
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.
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.
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Protests Grow in Myanmar Against Junta  —  The largest street protests in two decades against Myanmar's military rulers gained momentum on Sunday as thousands of onlookers cheered huge columns of barefoot Buddhist monks and shouted support for the detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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) …
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.
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
U.S. Attorney in Minnesota Faces Probe
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'
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Bend over for Nurse Hillary
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
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WWII documentary's brief profanity puts stations in conflict
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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