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3:15 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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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," …
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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Mahmoudapalooza: The madman comes calling; Update: A Columbia/nutjob quid pro quo?
ABCNEWS:
Columbia President Defends Invitation to Ahmadinejad to Speak at School
Discussion: The Corner
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Iranian on Israel: 'We do not recognize that regime'
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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'
Yeas & Nays:
Dick Cheney: Don't forget me when I'm gone
Discussion: Think Progress 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.
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Podhoretz Granted Secret Access To Lobby Bush On 'The Case For Bombing Iran'
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
Justin Hart / My Man Mitt.com:
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
The Raw Story:
Exclusive: Israel did not hit Syria nuke site  —  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 …
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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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
IS NEOCONSERVATISM A "JEWISH" MOVEMENT?:  One thing I've noticed …
Times of London:
Men are smartest and dumbest, say scientists
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Pasadena church wants apology from IRS
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather
USA Today:
Scientists: Brain injuries from war worse than thought
Ezra Klein:
Interviewing Ahmadinejad  —  It's sort of a shame that CBS's …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Hard Case: Job Market Wanes for U.S. Lawyers
Discussion: CBS News
Michael J. Totten:
"Al Qaeda Lost"
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
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