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7:05 PM ET, September 24, 2007


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Iran's president on Israel, nukes and gays  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Columbia University President Lee Bollinger excoriated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday, going through a long list of documented actions and remarks by the firebrand Iranian leader and his government.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: There are no gays in Iran, says Ahmadinejad; Update: Photos — Iran executes gays  —  I've got Bollinger's surprising, much-lauded speech coming up, but enjoy this as a snack.  Some rare derisive laughter from the audience greets this little pearl.  —  Maybe it was a translation error …
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.
Discussion: ShrinkWrapped
Matt / Think Progress:
Hunter: I Will Try To 'Cut Off Funds To Columbia University' Because Of Ahmadinejad Speech  —  Earlier today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said in a statement that if Columbia University President Lee Bollinger "follows through with this hosting of the leader of Iran, I will move in Congress …
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?
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Eyewitness to Nonsense  —  Just came from the Columbia campus …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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, MSNBC and TIME: Swampland
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Hillary Against The Free Press
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:   DON'T MISS THAT MEME
CNN Political Ticker:   The Donald: Time for Bush to go into 'hiding'
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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush: We Can't Spend $22 Billion On America Because We Need $200 Billion For Iraq War  —  The Democratic leadership in Congress is set to pass a host of domestic funding bills that would exceed Bush's request by $22 billion.  The extra funding would help go towards veterans health care …
White House:
President Bush Discusses Budget
Discussion: Redstate and First Draft
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Hot Air
David Ehrenstein / Los Angeles Times:
Antiwar season  —  This fall the movie industry is featuring a rash of high-profile antiwar films, from Brian DePalma, Paul Haggis, Robert Redford and others.  What does that tell us about modern Hollywood politics? … Quicker on the draw than in Vietnam  —  Andrew,
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:
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Strike! … Amen brother.  —  GM says it needs to cut costs.  Perhaps it would like to work with the Democrats and the Unions to get universal health insurance.  It would be good for their workers, good for the country and good for the bottom line.  —  .
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