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12:05 PM ET, September 25, 2007


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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Ugly Side of the G.O.P.  —  I applaud the thousands of people, many of them poor, who traveled from around the country to protest in Jena, La., last week.  But what I'd really like to see is a million angry protesters marching on the headquarters of the National Republican Party in Washington.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Front-Runner No-Shows at GOP Minority Debates Assailed  —  Former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts Calls Decision Not to Attend 'Stupid'  —  A former member of the House Republican congressional leadership — and the last African-American to serve as a member of the GOP in Congress …
Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Columbia's Conceit  —  Exactly what would it have accomplished to "engage in a debate" with Hitler?  —  On Saturday John Coatsworth, acting dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, made the remark that "if Hitler were in the United States and …
Columbia University in the City of New York:
President Lee C. Bollinger's Introductory Remarks at SIPA-World Leaders Forum with President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  I would like to begin by thanking Dean John Coatsworth and Professor Richard Bulliet for their work in organizing this event and for their commitment to the role …
Eric / Classical Values:
Discussion: Telegraph, WCBS-TV and Riehl World View
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Center Holds  —  In the beginning of August, liberal bloggers met at the YearlyKos convention while centrist Democrats met at the Democratic Leadership Council's National Conversation.  Almost every Democratic presidential candidate attended YearlyKos, and none visited the D.L.C.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Right Fight for Democrats  —  This week's showdown over children's health insurance is the first skirmish in the new battle for universal health coverage.  It is also the first confrontation between the president and Congress fought out almost entirely on terms set by the new Democratic majority.
Washington Post:
GOP Senator Says Bush Should Put Health Bill Before Policy Goal  —  A senior Senate Republican accused President Bush yesterday of holding a bipartisan expansion of the popular State Children's Health Insurance Program hostage to his broader policy goals of using tax deductions to help people afford private health insurance coverage.
Fausta / Fausta's blog:
Two girls, the Saudi Religius Police, a mobile phone and a can of pepper spray  —  Jules Crittenden and Blue Star Chronicles have it:  —  Saudi Religious Police Attacked by Girls (emphasis added) … Notice how the crowd didn't take the Religious Police's side, either. … It gets better:
Discussion: Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
23% Approve of Petraeus Ad, 58% Disapprove  —  Twenty-three percent (23%) of Americans approve of an ad run in the New York Times "that referred to General Petraeus as General Betray Us."  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 58% disapproved.
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
Call Him an Oddball if You Must, but Do Call  —  Assuming that they have even tuned in to this interminable presidential campaign, many Americans just caught a glimpse of a Rudolph W. Giuliani long known to New Yorkers.  —  Note that we said a Rudolph Giuliani.  There are several versions of the former mayor.
Discussion: MSNBC and TalkLeft
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
NRA now eyeing role in GOP primaries
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Associated Press:
Kevin Spacey Meets Venezuela's Chavez  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Actor Kevin Spacey met privately Monday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of Washington's most outspoken critics in Latin America.  —  Neither Spacey — who has won Academy Awards for roles in "The Usual Suspects" …
Clinton Camp Raises Q3 Money Expectations for Rival  —  Clinton Camp Puts Own Q3 Haul at $17-20 Million; Predicts Obama's Over $30 Million  —  In the last week before the third quarter fundraising totals are due, the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. …
Discussion: TIME, Don Surber and National Review
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court grants 17 new cases; voter ID, death penalty review  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to add 17 new cases to its new Term's decision docket, including a pair of appeals on the constitutionality of requiring voters to show a photo ID before they may vote (Crawford v. Marion County Election Board …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SO HARD?  —  Now, was that so hard?  —  As you know, Iranian President Ahmadinejad spoke yesterday before a raucous crowd at Columbia University.  The president of the university excoriated him.  He backtracked a bit from his statements about Israel, perhaps as some commentators have noted …
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Democratic Party Maintains Solid Image Advantage Over GOP  —  Public Prefers Democratic Party to Republican for handling terrorism, military security  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Public attitudes toward the two major political parties have not changed much in recent months.
Discussion: The Swamp and MyDD
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CNN Political Ticker:
Report: Bush giving Clinton, candidates advice on Iraq
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In new ad, Obama knocks 'the cynics in Washington'
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush urges U.N. to spread freedom
Christian Lowe /
Iraq Detainee Chief Undercuts Insurgents
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
The Political Problem of Hindsight Bias
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP expects to lose more House seats
Discussion: Wonkette
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Burmese Monks Protest, Defying Junta's Warning
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Time to Move On?  —  The fact that we're all debating the MoveOn ad …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
The Jena Dodge  —  Demonstrators and the media avoid …
John Hickman / The Space Review:
Still crazy after four decades: The case for withdrawing from the …
Southern Baptist Leader Defends Fred Thompson
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David Margolick / Vanity Fair:
Through a Lens, Darkly
Dan Noyes / KGO-TV:
Marines Denied Permission To Film Commercial
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Associated Press:
Giuliani party seeks $9.11 per person