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4:20 PM ET, September 24, 2007


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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," …
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.
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 …
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?
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:   An apology is in order!
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Sen. Mike Gravel / The Huffington Post:
Let Ahmadinejad Go to Ground Zero
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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  —  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'
Yeas & Nays:
Dick Cheney: Don?t forget me when I?m gone
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Think Progress
Horses Mouth:
Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The New York Times, has now weighed in with a long piece on the whole controversy involving the MoveOn ad in his own paper attacking Mighty Scholar-Warrior Petraeus.  It's a deeply disappointing article.  He takes a very high-horse tone in the piece …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
New York Times Says It Violated Policies Over MoveOn Ad
Discussion: Horses Mouth and Air America Radio
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
UAW calls national strike against GM  —  DETROIT - Thousands of United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors plants around the country Monday in the first nationwide strike against the U.S. auto industry since 1976.  —  UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said that job security …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
The Attack on and Other Dangerous 'Fingerprints'
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Thousands Join Monks in Protests
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Endorses Bush's Iraq Policy
Discussion: MSNBC
White House:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Glorious free-speech moment slightly less glorious than thought
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama wins key Iowa endorsement
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
French PM Fillon tells farmers 'France is broke'