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11:35 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.
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 …
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.
The Corner:
Free-Speech Hypocrisy  —  Institutional memory is short …
Reuters:
Iran judiciary seals offices of news Web site
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.
Discussion: Power Line, TIME and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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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Ezra Klein:
Interviewing Ahmadinejad  —  It's sort of a shame that CBS's …
James Macintyre / The Independent:
Pope to make climate action a moral obligation
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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