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1:10 PM ET, September 26, 2007


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Annie Karni / New York Sun:
Backlash Against Bollinger Hits Columbia  —  A backlash against the president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger, who on Monday delivered a harsh rebuke to President Ahmadinejad, is coming from faculty members and students who said he struck an "insulting tone" and that his remarks amounted to "schoolyard taunts."
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 …
Discussion: and Babalu Blog
Iran's President scrubs reference to gays in speech from site  —  The official website of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has removed a portion of a transcript of his speech yesterday at Columbia University.  In the scrubbed section, part of a question and answer period, Ahmadinejad said there are no homosexuals in Iran.
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
Ahmadinejad lauded in Iran for "Lion's Den" visit
Discussion: The American Pundit
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Why Hillary will say no to Obama  —  If Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination — and she certainly may not — her first and most important decision will be her choice of a running mate.  —  While the choice will be hers alone, there will be enormous pressure on her within the Democratic Party to choose Barack Obama.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Hsu raised big money for Clinton supporters  —  Candidates she courted benefit  —  Disgraced fund-raiser Norman Hsu did a lot more than just pump $850,000 into Hillary Clinton's campaign bank account: He also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local, state, and federal candidates …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Can She Reach Religious Voters?  —  During a question-and-answer session at Tufts University immediately after the 2004 election, Sen. Hillary Clinton identified the alienation of religious voters as one of the Democratic Party's main problems.  And the appeal she proposed was straightforward …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:   The Two Obamas  —  Last week, I saw Democratic presidential …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Dan Rather is right  —  The story was true.  — Dan Rather, September 20  —  At first, I was wondering whose blood was boiling hotter last week when former CBS news anchor Dan Rather announced he had filed a $70 million lawsuit against his former employer in response to Rather's unceremonious …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk  —  Radio Network Wanted To Choose Its Interviewer  —  The White House reached out to National Public Radio over the weekend, offering analyst Juan Williams a presidential interview to mark yesterday's 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Little Rock.
Opinion Journal:
Calling Rudy  —  For Mr. Giuliani, it's more than his wife that's on the line.  —  Most Americans understand it takes an extra chromosome to run for President, but there are some limits on odd behavior.  Which makes us wonder what Rudy Giuliani was thinking last Friday when he accepted …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Do Not Vote for This Guy  —  HE DOESN'T WANT DEMOCRATS TO VOTE—UNLESS IT'S TO APPOINT HIM TO THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.  —  Another one for you to file under "fox guards the henhouse": The Senate rules committee votes tomorrow (Wednesday) on whether to give Hans A. von Spakovsky …
New York Times:
Towns Rethink Laws Against Illegal Immigrants  —  A little more than a year ago, the Township Committee in this faded factory town became the first municipality in New Jersey to enact legislation penalizing anyone who employed or rented to an illegal immigrant.
Reed Walters / New York Times:
Justice in Jena  —  THE case of the so-called Jena Six has fired the imaginations of thousands, notably young African-Americans who, according to many of their comments, believe they will be in the vanguard of a new civil rights movement.  Whether America needs a new civil rights movement …
Investor's Business Daily:
The Soros Threat To Democracy  —  Democracy: George Soros is known for funding groups such as that seek to manipulate public opinion.  So why is the billionaire's backing of what he believes in problematic?  In a word: transparency.  —  George Soros & Exclusive Series
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
House Passes Children's Insurance Measure
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Four teens charged with beating of black FIU student
Brian / Liberty Pundit:
New York Times Op-Ed Writer Plagiarizes Himself
Agence France Presse:
70 killed in surge of violence in Iraq
(CROSSTALK) … There really is this child-like need …
David Seifman / New York Post:
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Liberal Bias At The Times
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Small donors rewrite fundraising handbook
Discussion: Newsday and Donklephant
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Sunni Insurgents in New Campaign to Kill Officials
JoAnne Allen / Reuters:
White House pulls nomination for top CIA lawyer
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
UAW Reaches Tentative Agreement With GM
Wall Street Journal:
How Bill Clinton's Aide Facilitated a Messy Deal
Discussion: MSNBC, The Swamp, Gawker and CBS News
The Corner:
Paulnuts and Giuliani
Discussion: Vox Popoli
James Bone / Times of London:
Mix-up reveals what President George Bush must do when words fail him at UN
Goldwasser recounts confrontation with Ahmadinejad
Alisa Tang / Associated Press:
Clashes and airstrikes kill 165 Taliban
Discussion: Captain's Quarters