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11:45 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.
Agence France Presse:
Iranian president to face protests in New York  —  NEW YORK (AFP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was to face angry protests Sunday in New York, where he was due to arrive amid a storm of controversy over his appearances at the United Nations and a top university.
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.
Reuters:
Iran judiciary seals offices of news Web site  —  TEHERAN - Iran's judiciary has sealed off the offices of a popular news Web site critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies after journalists continued to update it despite official filtering, the Web site said.
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Legislatures May Act on Columbia  —  Silver Warns of Impact on State Aid  —  As the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prepares to address Columbia University today amid a storm of student protest, state and city lawmakers say they are considering withholding public funds from the school …
The Corner:
Free-Speech Hypocrisy  —  Institutional memory is short …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
COLUMBIA'S DISGRACE, PART 8
Discussion: Israpundit
Last Night / TalkLeft:   Ahmadinejad at Columbia? Why not?
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.
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Podhoretz secretly urged Bush to bomb Iran  —  President Bush and Karl Rove sat listening to Norman Podhoretz for roughly 45 minutes at the White House as the patriarch of neoconservatism argued that the United States should bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.  —  The meeting was not on the president's public schedule.
CNN Political Ticker:
Bush predicts Clinton will win Dem nomination
Discussion: The Swamp and The Raw Story
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.
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: Air America Radio and MSNBC
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Rather Ridiculous  —  I have obtained new documentary evidence regarding Dan Rather's relationship with his former bosses at CBS News.  —  Obviously, I cannot identify my source.  But he told me during a collect call from Sofia, Bulgaria, that he has access to Rather's "personal files" and that his typewriter was built after 1966.
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Got a Camera?  You, Too, Can Be A Network Reporter  —  Clarissa Jessup was next in line to ask a question of John Kerry at the University of Florida when another student "stole the mike," she says — and handed her his digital camera to record the scene.  —  "The police had already threatened …
Discussion: mediabistro.com
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.
 
 
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