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5:00 PM ET, September 26, 2007


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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.
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.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Dan Rather is right
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Corrente
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Senate Rules panel moves controversial FEC pick
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Greg Sargent / TPM 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 a terrorist organization responsible for killing U.S. troops — just passed overwhelmingly, 76-22.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Softened Iran resolution passes Senate
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
Mark Finkelstein /
Fallen Soldier MSNBC Used for 'Gotcha' Game With Rep. Blackburn Did Not Live in Her District  —  A couple days ago, describing here the way MSNBC's David Shuster used a fallen soldier to play a tasteless "gotcha" game with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R-Tenn.), I surmised that things couldn't "get much lower."
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani catches Romney 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 …
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 …
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.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fleischer Callously Tells Dead Soldier's Mom 'There Are Going To Be A Lot More Mothers' Like You  —  Yesterday, Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary and current board member of the White House front group Freedom's Watch, appeared on MSNBC to defend a recent ad showing …
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Rather chokes up, and hunkers down
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Media Matters for America:
CNN's Sanchez: O'Reilly "screamed at the top of his lungs …
ABC Money News:
House condemns attack
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Massachusetts Special  —  Lt. Col. Jim Ogonowski (R) …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush: No Child Left Behind Is Working
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: Rep. Harman Gives More Details On Bogus Terror Threat On Capitol
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Sarah Posner / American Prospect:
The FundamentaList  —  Pressure mounts to rally 'round a GOP candidate …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rice Compares Zarqawi To Ulysses S. Grant And Robert E. Lee
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New York Times Op-Ed Writer Plagiarizes Himself
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Sunni Insurgents in New Campaign to Kill Officials
New York Times:
Towns Rethink Laws Against Illegal Immigrants