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2:30 PM 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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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.
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?
Sen. Mike Gravel / The Huffington Post:
Let Ahmadinejad Go to Ground Zero
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Columbia President Defends Invitation to Ahmadinejad to Speak at School
Discussion: The Corner
Reuters:
Iran judiciary seals offices of news Web site
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T MISS THAT MEME  —  As you can see in our feature story over on the right, the White House's new line is that Barack Obama may be too "intellectually lazy" to run a serious presidential campaign let alone be President of the United States.  —  But don't think this allusion to generations …
CNN Political Ticker:
The Donald: Time for Bush to go into 'hiding'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Donald Trump has some advice for President Bush if he wants a Republican to win the White House: Hide.  —  The business mogul and vocal critic of the Bush administration told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday that he thinks the president is a …
Yeas & Nays:
Dick Cheney: Don't forget me when I'm gone
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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.
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.
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.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Hillary Declines To Commit To Withdrawal  —  Via Raw Story: … Of course it's appropriate to be speculating, you weasel-worded harridan!  Bush is speculating, the U.S. top officials in Iraq are in front of Congess speculating, every foreign policy thinker on the planet is speculating!
Discussion: QandO and The Impolitic
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Michael J. Totten:
"Al Qaeda Lost"  —  RAMADI, IRAQ - I met and interviewed dozens of Army officers in Baghdad and Ramadi, but none who were as admired and respected by the men who serve under them as much as 3rd Infantry Division Lieutenant Colonel Mike Silverman from Midway, Georgia.
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 …
Trapper John / Daily Kos:
They're Out There For All of Us  —  The UAW has struck General Motors, and as you read this, pickets are going up through Michigan and across the country.  It's a strike that — as the UAW explains — is primarily about health care.  As you know if you've been following the story …
Jordan Lite / NY Daily News:
9/11 coalition set to 'Swift-boat' Rudy Giuliani today  —  A coalition of 9/11 families and rescue workers plans to continue efforts to derail former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's bid for President at a midtown fund-raiser today.  —  The group will to use the same strategy that helped undermine …
Bill Walsh / Breaking News Updates New Orleans:
Vitter earmarked federal money for creationist group  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties.
 
 
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Rebecca Trounson / Los Angeles Times:
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: TalkLeft, Death and Think Progress
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Terrorists Announce Death of 'Juba, the Baghdad Sniper'
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Senate Source: McConnell 'Inaccurate' on Iraq Kidnapping Surveillance
Discussion: Prairie Weather
USA Today:
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Ezra Klein:
Interviewing Ahmadinejad  —  It's sort of a shame that CBS's …
New York Times:
Winners Cite Broken Promises in Pageants
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Hard Case: Job Market Wanes for U.S. Lawyers
Discussion: CBS News
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
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Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Post-9/11 Cases Fuel Criticism for Nominee
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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