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12:55 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.
CNN:
Brzezinski: U.S. could be rushing to war with Iran  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski likened U.S. officials' saber rattling about Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions to similar statements made before the start of the Iraq war.
Agence France Presse:
Iranian president to face protests in New York  —  NEW YORK (AFP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was to face angry protests Sunday in New York, where he was due to arrive amid a storm of controversy over his appearances at the United Nations and a top university.
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Legislatures May Act on Columbia  —  Silver Warns of Impact on State Aid  —  As the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prepares to address Columbia University today amid a storm of student protest, state and city lawmakers say they are considering withholding public funds from the school …
Michelle Malkin:
Mahmoudapalooza: The madman comes calling; Update: A Columbia/nutjob quid pro quo?  —  Update 9:50am Eastern.  Was there a quid pro quo?  CNSNews's Susan Jones raises the question in a story about the recent release of an Iranian Columbia alum (hat tip - reader Jeff):
Reuters:
Iran judiciary seals offices of news Web site
Sen. Mike Gravel / The Huffington Post:
Let Ahmadinejad Go to Ground Zero
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
The Corner:
Free-Speech Hypocrisy  —  Institutional memory is short …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
COLUMBIA'S DISGRACE, PART 8
Discussion: Israpundit
Last Night / TalkLeft:   Ahmadinejad at Columbia? Why not?
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.
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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Dick Cheney: Don't forget me when I'm gone
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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.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama wins key Iowa endorsement  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced a notable Iowa endorsement this morning by winning the backing of one of the state's premiere Democratic power couples.  —  In a conference call with reporters, Gordon Fischer, who served for two years during …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
French PM Fillon tells farmers 'France is broke'  —  France is bankrupt and can no longer afford to pay its workers generous salaries and subsidies, its prime minister has declared.  —  Francois Fillon made the undiplomatic outburst during a trip to the French island of Corsica, where farmers were demanding more government money.
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.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Senate Source: McConnell 'Inaccurate' on Iraq Kidnapping Surveillance  —  According to a Senate source who requested anonymity, Admiral Mike McConnell was "inaccurate" in his account last week of a FISA Court ruling necessitating a delay in spying on Iraqi insurgents who kidnapped U.S. troops.
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