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10:40 AM 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 …
Discussion: Conservative Belle
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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 …
Reuters:
In a Democratic debate, rivals assail Clinton
Discussion: Redstate
Representative Dennis Kucinich / New York Times:
The Democratic Presidential Debate on MSNBC
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
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
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Gates: Administration split on Guantanamo
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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Susan Jo Keller / New York Times:
Judge Rules Provisions in Patriot Act to Be Illegal
Discussion: The Gate
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Myanmar Forces Fire on Protesters  —  Government security forces in Myanmar cracked down for a second day today on nationwide protests, firing shots and tear gas, and raiding at least two Buddhist monasteries, where they beat and arrested dozens of monks, according to reports from the city of Yangon.
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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 …
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.
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USA Today:   Illegal immigrants moving out
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?
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Power Line
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Save Burma  —  BURMA' S BRAVE monks and the thousands of people who support them have been chanting a simple demand to the country's military rulers: dialogue.  Instead, the peaceful protesters in Rangoon were attacked yesterday with tear gas, water cannons and gunfire.
JMG / Barcepundit:
MUCH IS BEING MADE of the scoop by pro-Zapatero's daily El País, in Madrid, of the transcript of the memo of a conversation between Bush and Spain's former PM Aznar in Crawford in March 2003 as the Iraq war was about to start.  Editor and Publisher has a machine translation, which is quite atrocious.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
 
 
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Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
Gordon Brown's latest Americanism: the Shrum speech
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New York Times:
In a 9/11 Survival Tale, the Pieces Just Don't Fit
Discussion: CBS News and On Deadline
CNN Political Ticker:
Bill Clinton slams 'smearing' Republicans
Discussion: Media Blog and PoliPundit.com
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Fined group tied to Hillary
Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
With U.A.W. Accord, G.M. Looks to a New Detroit
Baltimore Sun:
Analysts split on impact of debate snub
Discussion: The Swamp
Washington Post:
Democratic Rivals Press Clinton, Courteously
The Corner:
Blowing smoke  —  Okay, Muslim foot-baths in Kansas City airport …
 Earlier Items: 
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senate Urges Bush to Name Iranian Guard as Terrorist Group
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Refugees?  What Refugees?  —  A 16-day overland odyssey …
Paula Wolfson / Voice of America:
US First Lady Appeals to Burmese Junta: 'Don't Fire on Your People'
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House Condemns MoveOn.org Attack
Avni Patel Reports / The Blotter:
House Republicans in the Red, Numbers Show
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush cherry picks Juan Williams for an interview and NPR refuses
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
He's Happier, She's Less So
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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