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2:05 PM ET, September 26, 2007


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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 …
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.
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
The courtship of black voters in South Carolina  —  COLUMBIA, S.C — .  — The packed late morning service had just concluded at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, one of the largest black churches in South Carolina.  As congregants streamed out of the vast air-conditioned sanctuary …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Two Obamas  —  Last week, I saw Democratic presidential …
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
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 …
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."
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
Ahmadinejad lauded in Iran for "Lion's Den" visit
Yeas & Nays:
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Brian / Liberty Pundit:
New York Times Op-Ed Writer Plagiarizes Himself  —  Another Jayson Blair moment for the New York Times?  Kinda looks like it, if you look at the article published yesterday and compare it to an article he wrote in October 2005 (reg. required).  —  From yesterday's op-ed: … From the 2005 op-ed:
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 …
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Biden Puts All His Chips on Iowa  —  Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) appears to be making Iowa his Waterloo.  —  Word out of the Biden campaign Tuesday tonight is that he is dispatching almost all of his senior national staff to the state for the final months before the state's caucuses …
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Small donors rewrite fundraising handbook
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
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JoAnne Allen / Reuters:
White House pulls nomination for top CIA lawyer
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Wall Street Journal:
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James Bone / Times of London:
Mix-up reveals what President George Bush must do when words fail him at UN