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7:05 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Scott Adams / The Dilbert Blog:
A Feeling I'm Being Had  —  I was happy to hear that NYC didn't allow Iranian President Ahmadinejad  —  to place a wreath at the WTC site.  And I was happy that Columbia  —  University is rescinding the offer to let him speak.  If you let a guy like  —  that express his views, before long the entire world will want freedom
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 India:
Police posts set on fire in mob fury  —  NEW DELHI: Two police posts were set on fire by thousands of agitated residents and students around Jamia Milia Islamia University on Saturday evening.  The angry mob first set Jamia police post on fire and later targetted Sahinbagh police post in Sarita Vihar.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos: Why I Have A Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  At the new mainstream voice of the Democratic Party, Jewish lesbian "sallykohn" explains: Daily Kos: Why I Have A Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  —  No, it's not a joke.  And no, this is not an unusual sentiment at Daily Kos.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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HOW TO SABOTAGE AHMADINEJAD: Have some scantily-clad coed run up and give him a kiss.
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Bend over for Nurse Hillary
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