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6:00 PM ET, September 24, 2007


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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Iranian Leader, Calling Introductory Remarks Insulting, Addresses Columbia  —  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran completed his appearance by thanking his audience.  "I ask Almighty God to assist all of us to work hand in hand for a future filled with peace, justice and brotherhood," he said.
Catherine Donaldson-Evans / Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Speaks of Love, Kindess, Beauty and God in Speech to National Press Club  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during his remarks to the National Press Club Monday that the world needs to build a better future "based on peace and security of all humanity," …
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
An apology is in order!  —  Silly, Silly Man!  —  Those who sharply criticized Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs President Lee C. Bollinger for inviting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak owe him a galaxy sized apology.  You know who you are so I'm not naming names/blogs/media outlets.
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Eyewitness to Nonsense  —  Just came from the Columbia campus, where a shocking number of my classmates skipped out on discussion section to go watch the show.  In the SIPA lobby I joined a hundred and some other people watching Bollinger on closed circuit TV.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Juan Cole / Salon:
Turning Ahmadinejad into public enemy No. 1  —  Demonizing the Iranian president and making his visit to New York seem controversial are all part of the neoconservative push for yet another war.  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he leaves Tehran Sept. 23 to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Michelle Malkin:
Mahmoudapalooza: The madman comes calling; Update: A Columbia/nutjob quid pro quo?
The Hill:
Let Ahmadinejad Speak!  —  Do we believe in free speech or not?
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
CNN Political Ticker:   The Donald: Time for Bush to go into 'hiding'
Yeas & Nays:
Dick Cheney: Don't forget me when I'm gone
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton campaign kills negative story  —  Early this summer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for president learned that the men's magazine GQ was working on a story the campaign was sure to hate: an account of infighting in Hillaryland.  —  So Clinton's aides pulled a page from the book …
Discussion: Wizbang and TIME: Swampland
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.
More Soft Money Hard Law:
The New York Times: Bewildered Visitor to the Mad World of Speech Offenses  —  The New York Times now concedes that it charged too little for its now famous anti-General Petraeus ad.  MoveOn will pay more, to quell the controversy and moot, if it can, the issue raised …
The Raw Story:
Chemical weapon disaster 'led to Syria strike'  —  Israel did not strike a nuclear weapons facility in Syria on Sept. 6, instead striking a cache of North Korean missiles, current and former intelligence officials say.  —  American intelligence sources familiar with key events leading …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Liberty Pundit
Justin Hart / My Man
If Columbia is not ashamed of the decision...  ... then why did they blacken out the podium and the backdrop?  —  See these heavily-branded events from the same Columbia U. World Leader Forum:  —  Dr. Ivo Sanader, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia,  —  Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Democrats Answer to Republican Resolution Regarding  —  Sens. Jim Webb (Va.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) and every other Democrat who has served in uniform should go the Senate floor together and call for a vote on a resolution similar to the following:
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.
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NYC anti-Ahmadinejad Protests
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
A Saffron Revolution?  —  I visited Burma twenty years ago …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Kos / Daily Kos:
2008: 9/24 straw poll results
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush: We Can't Spend $22 Billion On America Because We Need $200 …
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
The Attack on and Other Dangerous 'Fingerprints'
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