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10:55 AM ET, September 24, 2007

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David M. Schizer / law.columbia.edu:
STATEMENT BY DAVID M.SCHIZER RE: SIPA INVITATION TO MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD  —  A controversy has developed about the invitation extended to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran by the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.  Although Columbia Law School was not involved in arranging …
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CNN:
Brzezinski: U.S. in danger of 'stampeding' to war with Iran  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski likened U.S. officials' saber rattling about Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions to similar statements made before the start of the Iraq war.
Discussion: Death, Macsmind and Vidiot Speak
The Corner:
Free-Speech Hypocrisy  —  Institutional memory is short, so just a flashback to the Qadhafi speech at Columbia.  The sad thing is that while faculty fall all over themselves to bring repressive dictators to campus, many dissidents from the same countries are ignored.
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
U.S. Focus on Ahmadinejad Puzzles Iranians  —  TEHRAN — When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was first elected president, he said Iran had more important issues to worry about than how women dress.  He even called for allowing women into soccer games, a revolutionary idea for revolutionary Iran.
Discussion: Open Left, Oliver Willis and Unfogged
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Legislatures May Act on Columbia
Discussion: City Room
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   COLUMBIA'S DISGRACE, PART 8
Washington Post:
U.S. Aims To Lure Insurgents With 'Bait'  —  A Pentagon group has encouraged some U.S. military snipers in Iraq to target suspected insurgents by scattering pieces of "bait," such as detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition, and then killing Iraqis who pick up the items, according to military court documents.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush to Skip U.N. Talks on Global Warming  —  Dozens of world leaders are to gather at the United Nations on Monday for a full agenda of talks on how to fight global warming, and President Bush is skipping all the day's events but the dinner.  —  His focus instead is on his own gathering …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
New York Times Says It Violated Policies Over MoveOn Ad  —  After two weeks of denials, the New York Times acknowledged that it should not have given a discount to MoveOn.org for a full-page advertisement assailing Gen. David H. Petraeus.  —  The liberal advocacy group should have paid $142,000 …
Discussion: MSNBC
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Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Examiner Exclusive: President predicts GOP will keep control of White House after 'tough race' in 2008  —  Washington, D.C. (Map, News) - President Bush, for the first time, is predicting that Hillary Rodham Clinton will defeat Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free  —  One Laptop Per Child, an ambitious project to bring computing to the developing world's children, has considerable momentum.  Years of work by engineers and scientists have paid off in a pioneering low-cost machine that is light, rugged and surprisingly versatile.
Discussion: Publius Pundit
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
'$100 laptop' to sell to public
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
French PM Fillon tells farmers 'France is broke'  —  France is bankrupt and can no longer afford to pay its workers generous salaries and subsidies, its prime minister has declared.  —  Francois Fillon made the undiplomatic outburst during a trip to the French island of Corsica, where farmers were demanding more government money.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Politics in Black and White  —  Last Thursday there was a huge march in Jena, La., to protest the harsh and unequal treatment of six black students arrested in the beating of a white classmate.  Students who hung nooses to warn blacks not to sit under a "white" tree were suspended for three days …
MSNBC:
'Meet the Press' transcript for Sept. 23, 2007  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: the Iraq war, healthcare, campaign fund-raising and more.  Our Meet the Candidates 2008 series continues.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Hitting All the Sunday Talk Shows, Clinton Says a Lot but Reveals Little
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Giuliani's Rhetoric on Terror Contrasts With His Record  —  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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Thompson's Mackinac disadvantage  —  NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy reports... Attendees of the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI over the weekend were billing Fred Thompson's much anticipated speech on Saturday as an important first impression.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Hard Case: Job Market Wanes for U.S. Lawyers  —  Growth of Legal Sector  —  Lags Broader Economy;  —  Law Schools Proliferate  —  A law degree isn't necessarily a license to print money these days.  —  For graduates of elite law schools, prospects have never been better.
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
Interviewing Ahmadinejad  —  It's sort of a shame that CBS's …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Discussion: mediabistro.com
New York Times:
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Rather Ridiculous  —  I have obtained new documentary evidence …
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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Michael J. Totten:
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The Politico:
Indiana Sen. Bayh to endorse Clinton
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
North to the Future  —  The men who gave us the "Bridge to Nowhere" …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Yossi Klein Halevi / Opinion Journal:
Iran's German Enablers
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Post-9/11 Cases Fuel Criticism for Nominee
Discussion: Rook's Rant
The Corner:
WFB on Ahmadinejad  —  The definitive statement on the controversy …
Discussion: Power Line