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4:40 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 …
Gateway Pundit:
The Ugly Side of Another Failed Black Democrat  —  On July 30th 1866: … Those ugly democratic attacks continue to this day.  —  At The New York Times today, another failed black leader, Bob Herbert, attempts to rewrite history with his ugly hit piece "The Ugly Side of the G.O.P." .
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Queen Hillary, Empress of Mesopotamia  —  My friend, David Brooks, does his best to reinforce the Hillary-Is-Inevitable consensus in Washington right now.  He may regret this, though: … Then we hear this from a right-wing reporter with access to Bush:
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.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iraqi Prime Minister Says That Civil War Has Been Prevented  —  Maliki Also Plays Down Iran's Influence  —  Civil war has been averted in Iraq and Iranian intervention there has "ceased to exist," Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday.  —  "I can't say there is a picture …
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Blogger files complaint over Giuliani ad  —  A liberal blogger has jumped into the New York Giuliani fracas, filing a complaint against the former New York City mayor's presidential campaign.  —  Lane Hudson, who in recent weeks has sought to carve out a niche as something …
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Was Giuliani's MoveOn Deal Unfair?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
And another thing...  The morning after the Columbia spectacle two things bother me.  The first is that the majority of protesters outside the Columbia campus and inside were Jewish students.  In fact, those marching in the street were more likely than not to be wearing the kippas (boys) …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Associated Press:
Actor Kevin Spacey meets with Chavez  —  CARACAS, Venezuela - 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" and …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
LIVE BY THE GOTCHA, DIE BY THE GOTCHA  —  You don't have to get into the appropriateness of the MoveOn ad or the intricacies of the NYT's ad rate schedule to conclude the obvious: The GOP is engaged in another round of cynical, exploitative caterwauling to change the subject from their party's Iraq debacle.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
24 die in Iraq peace meeting blast  —  From CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A suicide bombing in Iraq's volatile Diyala province ripped through a "reconciliation meeting" on Monday night attended by Sunni and Shiite militia leaders — a brazen attack that killed …
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
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 …
Matt / Think Progress:
Webb: Lieberman And Kyl's Hawkish Iran Amendment Is 'Cheney's Fondest Pipe Dream'  —  On the Senate floor today, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) made an impassioned appeal to his fellow senators, declaring that the Lieberman-Kyl amendment on Iran should be "withdrawn" because the "proposal is Dick Cheney's fondest pipe dream."
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. …
Fausta / Fausta's blog:
Two girls, the Saudi Religious 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:
Tom Van Riper / Forbes:
The Top Pundits In America  —  What exactly is a pundit?  According to the dictionary, it's "a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator."  —  There's certainly no shortage of that in the media these days.  —  Call the past decade the era of the talking head.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
What Defines a Killing as Sectarian?  —  U.S. Military Teams Analyze and Tally Each Civilian Death  —  On Sept. 1, the bullet-riddled bodies of four Iraqi men were found on a Baghdad street.  Two days later, a single dead man, with one bullet in his head, was found on a different street.
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Ezra Klein:
Ahmadinejad Gets Laughed At
Chris Brady / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: Wake up America and SWJ Blog
Associated Press:
Gingrich: Skipping black forum a mistake
Stars & Stripes:
New AFRICOM staff to be mainly situated outside Africa
Diane Cardwell / New York Times:
Bloomberg Begs to Differ With Giuliani on Gun Suit
Richard T. Cullen / The Politico:
Anti-Hillary Facebook site tops Obama
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Wake up America
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Spacey to star in HBO's 'Recount'
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Wonkette
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Did Al Wynn Just Openly Lie About the League of Conservation Voters?
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Cubans walk out during Bush's UN speech
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Bush Used Bogus Terror Threat To Scare Votes For FISA Bill
The roots of Islamic reform
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
McConnell Reiterates Claim That Debate Will Kill Americans
Discussion: Think Progress
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Wes Clark Interview, Part Two: Iran, Clinton, Residual Forces
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP expects to lose more House seats
Southern Baptist Leader Defends Fred Thompson