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12:05 AM ET, September 24, 2007


 Top Items: 
Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
N.Y. Times admits Petraeus ad sold to at 1/2 off
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Profiting From the Pummeling
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.
Sallykohn / Daily Kos:
Why I Have A Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  I know I'm a Jewish lesbian and he'd probably have me killed.  But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon...  Okay, I admit it.  Part of it is that he just looks cuddly.  Possibly cuddly enough to turn me straight.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
The Clinton Sunday Show Blitz  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton rarely does the Sunday morning talk show circuit, but she barnstormed all five of the major programs today to try to capitalize on the mostly positive reviews of her new health care plan - and to address some of the controversies …
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.
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Clinton Calls Health Care Plan a `Moral Imperative'
Discussion: CBS News and Firedoglake
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
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 …
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
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Re: The sun never sets...  Okay, I'll bite.  Even if that's all Fred Thompson meant, I say nuts.  —  FDR didn't take America to war in 1941 with the "disinterested intention of liberating others".  He took America to war not to end the Holocaust or free Belgium or build a democracy in Japan …
Discussion: alicublog
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Syria, Iran and the Norky Nukes, Oh My!  —  Today the London Times favorite neocon insider and shill, Sarah Baxter, signs off on three pieces designed to further the neocon narrative for war with at least one, if not more, of their new Axis Of Eeviiiil!!!!(tm).
Discussion: Newsweek and Outside The Beltway
Byron Williams / The Huffington Post:
Can America Stand the Truth about the Iraq War?  —  As South Africa currently struggles to achieve the ideals they committed themselves to in their post-apartheid constitution, ironic, as it may seem, we could benefit from the path they have courageously blazed.
Discussion: Death and Take Our Country Back
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Giuliani's Intensity on Terror Is a Shift From Past Rhetoric  —  As Rudolph W. Giuliani campaigns for president, he rarely misses a chance to warn about the threat from terrorists.  "They hate you," he told a woman at an Atlanta college.  They "want to kill us," he told guests at a Virginia luncheon.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Toobin Will Say Whatever It Takes to Slam Clarence Thomas — Even If He Said the Exact Opposite Thing Eight Pages Earlier  —  In the next few days, I will have a full review of Jeffrey Toobin's "The Nine."  The book is readable, entertaining — and highly problematic.
Discussion: BeldarBlog and Althouse
Little Green Footballs:
Protests Against Ahmadinejad on Monday  —  MONDAY, SEPT. 24:  —  What: Ahmadinejad to speak at luncheon at National Press Club by videolink  —  When: Protesters needed from 11:00-2:00.  Come for however long you can.  —  Where: Washington, DC: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Florida Democrats Affirm an Early Primary  —  The Florida Democratic Party announced Sunday that it would move ahead with its plan to hold its presidential primary on Jan. 29 despite the national party's decision to block the state delegation from the 2008 Democratic convention.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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CBS News:
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Roger Kimball / The New Criterion:
The poverty of liberalism  —  The English essayist Walter Bagehot …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Independent voters tilt toward Democrats
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Jena Six: Law Bloggers Cite Confusing Facts
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ken Burns: The War: talks about the parallels between Iraq and WWII
Eve Conant / Newsweek:
Democrats Seriously Court Evangelicals
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Times of India:
Police posts set on fire in mob fury
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Protests Grow in Myanmar Against Junta
Immigrationprof / ImmigrationProf Blog:
ImmigrationProf Exclusive: Interview With Senator Barack Obama
Glenn Reynolds /
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
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike
Terror: Al Qaeda's Feuds and Fears
Angela Doland / Associated Press:
Marcel Marceau, Famed French Mime, Dies