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9:30 AM ET, September 27, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Conservative Belle
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Democrats don't vow full Iraq withdrawal by 2013
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.
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Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
Verizon Blocks Pro-Choice Text Messaging
Discussion: Open Left and WorkingForChange
New York Times:
Blackwater Tops All Firms in Iraq in Shooting Rate  —  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 …
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Gates: Administration split on Guantanamo  —  Despite signaling that he wants to see the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay shuttered, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he has been unable to reach agreement within the executive branch on how to proceed with the closure.
Discussion: Think Progress
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 Brian Beutler
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Myanmar soldiers fire weapons into crowd  —  YANGON, Myanmar - Soldiers fired automatic weapons into a crowd of anti-government protesters Thursday as tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta's crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations.  —  A Japanese Foreign Ministry …
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Avni Patel Reports / The Blotter:
House Republicans in the Red, Numbers Show  —  Avni Patel Reports:  —  A crucial GOP fundraising committee is nearly broke, according to its latest monthly filing with the Federal Election Committee last week.  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) …
IBDeditorials.com:
Saudi Arabia: Friend Or Foe?  —  War On Terror: A new movie called "The Kingdom" shows Saudis fighting terrorism alongside FBI agents.  That's certainly what we'd like to see.  But like the flick, it's pure fiction.  —  Global War On Terror  —  There's new evidence the Saudis …
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?
Discussion: Power Line
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush cherry picks Juan Williams for an interview and NPR refuses  —  Very nice...There's a big reason why Bush chose Williams for an interview instead of who NPR wanted.  Cheney used this technique for Meet the Press and made Russert look like a fool.  It's called " Controlling the Message!"
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 …
Discussion: QandO, Suburban Guerrilla and Truthdig
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 …
Discussion: Pharyngula
 
 
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Michelle Mittelstadt / Houston Chronicle:
Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill
Discussion: USA Today
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Good Night for the Republican Nominee
Discussion: Power Line and Brendan Nyhan
Washington Post:
Democratic Rivals Press Clinton, Courteously
Jeff Shelman / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Star Tribune gives refund to Franken campaign
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The Corner:
Blowing smoke  —  Okay, Muslim foot-baths in Kansas City airport …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Urges Bush to Name Iranian Guard as Terrorist Group
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
House Passes a Stopgap Bill to Pay for Programs
Discussion: The Hill
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