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12:10 AM ET, September 27, 2007

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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 …
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WMUR:
Poll Shows Republican Race Tightening
Discussion: The Corner
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy makes change atop finance team
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and MSNBC
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.
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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 …
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Gotcha! Err, maybe not...
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.
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Think Progress:
BREAKING: Lieberman-Kyl's Iran amendment passes.  —  By a vote of 76-22, the Senate passed the Lieberman-Kyl amendment, which threatens to "combat, contain and [stop]" Iran via "military instruments."  Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) called the amendment "Cheney's fondest pipe dream" and said it could …
Reuters:
"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 …
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush: No Child Left Behind Is Working
Discussion: The Gate
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 …
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William McCall / Associated Press:
2 Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unlawful  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.  —  U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled …
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Plan Uses Taxes to Fight Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress.  To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won't like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Democrats allow: Unable to promise full withdrawal  —  The enormity of the military conflict in Iraq was spelled out in the simplest of all admissions tonight:  —  Among all of the leading Democratic candidates for president, none was willing to commit to a promise in a campaign debate …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
N.H. Democratic Debate Offers Fall Preview
Discussion: The Huffington Post and OxBlog
Time:
Exclusive: Monks vs. Police in Burma  —  With foreign journalists locked out of the country by Burma's military government, this dispatch was written by TIME staff based on eyewitness reports.  —  The battle for Shwedagon began in ferocious noonday heat.  The authorities had locked the gates …
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.
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.
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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 …
New York Times:
Blackwater Logs Most Shootings of Firms in Iraq  —  The American security contractor Blackwater USA has been involved in a far higher rate of shootings while guarding American diplomats in Iraq than other security firms providing similar services to the State Department, according to Bush administration officials and industry officials.
Discussion: Rook's Rant
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Verizon Rejects Text Messages From an Abortion Rights Group
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush cherry picks Juan Williams for an interview and NPR refuses
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Neela Banerjee / New York Times:
Prisons to Restore Purged Religious Books
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
He's Happier, She's Less So
WNBC:
Police: Gunman Arrested At St. John's
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THEY BELIEVE THE TELEVISION
NY Daily News:
Eliot Spitzer threat to sue Bush on immigrants' health care
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Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Ads target top Dems during debate
Discussion: Election Central
Terence Jeffrey / Townhall.com:
Get the ACLU Out of Our Bathrooms
DemHillStaffer / Daily Kos:
Breaking: House Votes to Condemn MoveOn
Media Matters for America:
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