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9:55 AM ET, September 24, 2007


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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: 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.
David M. Schizer /
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 …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Mahmoudapalooza: The madman comes calling  —  Update 9:30am Eastern.  Spoof time-a reader sends along the webpage of the new Columbia University School of Terrorism.  —  Fake, but accurate.  —  A reminder again about the protests taking place today in NYC and D.C. against Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadenihad, via The Israel Project.
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
N.Y. site transcends boundaries  —  SO MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD is forbidden by the United States to visit Ground Zero.  Iran's president is to address the United Nations tomorrow, and while in New York, he had hoped to go to the World Trade Center site, as so many visitors do.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and TIME
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
U.S. Focus on Ahmadinejad Puzzles Iranians
Discussion: Unfogged and Oliver Willis
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Legislatures May Act on Columbia
Discussion: City Room
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   COLUMBIA'S DISGRACE, PART 8
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:   New York Grudgingly Opens Door to Ahmadinejad
Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
ALL THE PROPAGANDA THAT'S FIT TO PRINT  —  Pajamas Media CEO Roger Simon underestimated how deep the institutional bias in the New York Times truly runs.  That won't happen again.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  It's not often I underestimate the stuck-in-time …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
New York Times Says It Violated Policies Over MoveOn Ad
Discussion: 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.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Hitting All the Sunday Talk Shows, Clinton Says a Lot but Reveals Little
Discussion: MSNBC, Boston Globe and Oliver Willis
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.
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.
The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change … UN SECRETARY-GENERAL CONVENES WORLD LEADERS TO BUILD MOMENTUM FOR CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS IN BALI  —  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will seek to advance the global agenda on climate change …
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 …
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.
Yossi Klein Halevi / Opinion Journal:
Iran's German Enablers  —  Berlin puts business interests ahead of nonproliferation.  —  JERUSALEM—Business opportunities in Iran were the theme of a German government-sponsored conference last week in Darmstadt, Germany.  "Iran is accustomed to crises," the conference invitation delicately noted …
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!
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
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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Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Myanmar protesters estimated at 100,000
Discussion: Truthdig
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Post-9/11 Cases Fuel Criticism for Nominee
The Corner:
WFB on Ahmadinejad  —  The definitive statement on the controversy …
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James Wimberley / The RBC:
Seek the Paths of the Dead
Discussion: Corrente
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Florida Democrats Affirm an Early Primary