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8:00 PM ET, September 26, 2007


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Couric weighs in on Iraq, Rather  —  Her take on the news  —  Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday evening, CBS "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric pulled back the curtain on her personal views of both the war in Iraq and former "Evening News" anchor Dan Rather.
The Corner:
The Nefarious "We"  —  Close readers may have noticed that I am increasingly vexed by cosmopolitanism, the idea that we are not citizens of a country or products of a place but rather "citizens of the world."  See this old G-File, particularly the second half for a fuller explanation of my views.
Yeas & Nays:
Rather chokes up, and hunkers down  —  "I'm not in this — mostly — with anybody else."  —  Former CBS "Evening News" anchor Dan Rather choked back tears on several occasions today when discussing his decision to file a lawsuit against CBS and he left many audience members with a sense …
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Dan Rather is right
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Kyl-Lieberman Iran Amendment Passes By Huge Margin  —  The Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment — which ratchets up the confrontation with Iran by calling for the designation of its Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization responsible for killing U.S. troops — just passed overwhelmingly, 76-22.
Editor and Publisher:
Scoop for Spanish Daily: Transcript of Private 2003 Bush Talk Promising Iraq Invasion  —  NEW YORK El Pais, the highest-circulation daily in Spain, today published what it said was the transcript of a private talk between President George W. Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar on February 22 …
Kcurie / European Tribune:
Bush words. Big Scoop.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
"Childrens do learn," Bush tells school kids  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Offering a grammar lesson guaranteed to make any English teacher cringe, President George W. Bush told a group of New York school kids on Wednesday: "Childrens do learn."  —  Bush made his latest grammatical slip …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush: No Child Left Behind Is Working
Discussion: The Gate
The Gate:
Juan Williams: Bill O'Reilly Not A Racist  —  We meant to go up with something on the Bill O'Reilly controversy du jour yesterday, but more pressing news did not permit.  The Lede beat us to it: "Mr. Reilly [sic] is guilty of being sheltered, old-fashioned and possibly exhibiting a casual racism."
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ohio, Florida laws could dampen Democratic voting  —  WASHINGTON — Ohio and Florida, which provided the decisive electoral votes for President Bush's two razor-thin national election triumphs, have enacted laws that election experts say will help Republicans impede Democratic-leaning minorities from voting in 2008.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Dem Defection Sends Voter Fraud Guru to Full Senate  —  As I reported yesterday, the Senate Rules Committee met this morning about the nomination of Hans von Spakovsky to the Federal Elections Commission.  —  This morning's result: faced with the defection of a Democrat on the committee …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Biden's Iraq resolution passes  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  In a strong rebuff to the Bush Administration on Iraq, the Senate overwhelming approved a plan by Biden that essentially calls for breaking Iraq into three sections: Kurd, Sunni, and Shia.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani fires chief fundraiser  —  In a sign of potential money woes, Rudy Giuliani has fired his presidential campaign's chief fundraiser and brought in a top rainmaker for President Bush, The Daily News has learned.  —  Anne Dunsmore, who took control of Giuliani's …
Mark Finkelstein /
Fallen Soldier MSNBC Used for 'Gotcha' Game With Rep. Blackburn Did Not Live in Her District  —  UPDATE — SHUSTER APOLOGIZES: At 6:44 PM EDT, MSNBC broke into the Tucker Carlson show to air a terse apology from Shuster.  For my thoughts on it, see "My Take" at foot.  —  View video of Shuster apology here.
Richard Stengel / Time:
My Dinner with Ahmadinejad  —  The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran "requests the pleasure" of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel …
Source: Craig won't resign if judge hasn't ruled  —  EDINA, Minnesota (CNN) — Sen. Larry Craig won't resign from the Senate while awaiting a judge's ruling on his effort to get a guilty plea withdrawn in a restroom sex sting, a source said Wednesday.  —  A judge in Minnesota was to hear arguments Wednesday afternoon in the case.
CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani catches Romney in New Hampshire  —  HANOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) — It's a dead heat in New Hampshire, according to our new poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters.  —  Mitt Romney's lead in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination in the all important Granite State …
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Get the ACLU Out of Our Bathrooms
Michelle Malkin:
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Unsolicited Advice to the Government of Iran
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David Freddoso / The Corner:
Massachusetts Special  —  Lt. Col. Jim Ogonowski (R) …
Satyam / Think Progress:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk