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12:00 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
How Petraeus Moved The Debate, Literally  —  How far has General David Petraeus moved the debate on Iraq?  His testimony on the surge, and the effects of the surge itself, has made it much more difficult for Democrats to argue for withdrawal and defeat.  In fact, at last night's debate …
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Representative Dennis Kucinich / New York Times:
The Democratic Presidential Debate on MSNBC  —  The following is a transcript, provided by Federal News Service, of the Democratic Presidential Debate on MSNBC, moderated by Tim Russert.  —  PARTICIPANTS: SENATOR JOE BIDEN  —  FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS  —  FORMER SENATOR MIKE GRAVEL
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Dems can't make guarantee on Iraq troops  —  HANOVER, N.H. - The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.  —  "I think it's hard to project four years from now …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney hits Dems on gay issue  —  Leading the way on an issue almost certain to be resurrected during the general election, Mitt Romney issued a statement this morning condemning the Democratic candidates for their refusal at last night's debate to rule out teaching about gay issues to second-graders.
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:   A Lack of Clarity  —  Thank you, Tim Russert, for dragging …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Good Night for the Republican Nominee
Discussion: Power Line and Brendan Nyhan
NY Daily News:
Hillary flip-flops, contradicts Bill - & herself - in N.H. debate
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Mike / The Monkey Tennis Centre:   NYT takes aim at Blackwater; hits self
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Verizon Rejects Messages of Abortion Rights Group  —  Saying it had the right to block "controversial or unsavory" text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Saddam Risked His Life for WMD Secrets  —  The Washington Post reports on a story leaked to Spain's El Pais about a meeting between President Bush and the former Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar weeks ahead of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.  It's interesting to note how Bush discusses Saddam's signals …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Scientists Feel Miscast in Film on Life's Origin  —  A few months ago, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins received an e-mail message from a producer at Rampant Films inviting him to be interviewed for a documentary called "Crossroads."  —  The film, with Ben Stein, the actor …
Los Angeles Times:
What are 'Hollywood values'?  —  If it's all about free love and hating America, how come there aren't many openly gay stars or pro-jihadi movies?  If it's all about the almighty dollar, how come Hollyweirdos disproportionately back the party that wants to tax them more?
Michelle Mittelstadt / Houston Chronicle:
Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill  —  Democrats vow to pass measure aiding 1 million youths  —  WASHINGTON — The prospects for immediate Senate action on the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, disappeared Wednesday amid Republican opposition.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
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USA Today:   Illegal immigrants moving out
New York Times:
In a 9/11 Survival Tale, the Pieces Just Don't Fit  —  Tania Head's story, as shared over the years with reporters, students, friends and hundreds of visitors to ground zero, was a remarkable account of both life and death.  —  She had, she said, survived the terror attack …
The Corner:
Blowing smoke  —  Okay, Muslim foot-baths in Kansas City airport, gender-segregated swimming sessions at French municipal pools, banning pork from Aussie hospital menus, no eating donuts for Belgian cops during Ramadan, no seeing-eye dogs or alcohol in Minneapolis taxi cabs, fine, fine, fine.
Daniel Ellsberg / Consortiumnews.com:
'A Coup Has Occurred'  —  September 26, 2007 (Text of a speech delivered September 20, 2007)  —  Below is an edited transcript of Ellsberg's remarkable speech:  —  I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change …
USA Today:
19,000 insurgents killed in Iraq since '03  —  More than 19,000 militants have been killed in fighting with coalition forces since the insurgency began more than four years ago, according to military statistics released for the first time.  —  The statistics show that 4,882 militants …
Dmitry Solovyov / Reuters:
Gorbachev warns Russians against rise of Stalinism  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev warned Russians on Wednesday of the risk of a rebirth of Stalinism, saying their country was in danger of forgetting its tragic past.  —  "We should remember those who suffered …
The Atlantic Online:
The Era of Big Government  —  Bill Clinton, at the opening ceremony for his meeting, defined the purpose of the Clinton global initiative as to tackle problems that "government won't solve, or that government alone can't solve."  A worthy purpose, indeed, for a charity.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Gristmill
 
 
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