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2:35 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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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
A Lack of Clarity  —  Thank you, Tim Russert, for dragging the truth from all the Democratic candidates about what "ending the war" actually means.  We hear these words a lot, especially from Hillary Clinton, yet Russert's questioning at MSNBC's New Hampshire debate last night revealed …
Discussion: The Caucus and Taylor Marsh
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Good Night for the Republican Nominee  —  From CampaignStandard.com: The odds are getting better for the GOP.  —  Editor's note: This piece first appeared at THE WEEKLY STANDARD's new election blog, The Campaign Standard.  —  Last night, for the first time this election cycle, I watched a Democratic presidential debate.
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Clinton Leads Among Every Major Subgroup of Democrats
Discussion: The Swamp and Pollster.com
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Romney hits Dems on gay issue
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, Harper's and Macsmind
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Juan Cole:
Transcript Reveals Impeachable Offenses by Bush Re: Iraq War  —  El Pais published a transcript (reprinted at this link) of the conversation between George W. Bush, Jose Maria Aznar of Spain, and Condoleeza Rice held at Crawford before the Iraq War.  Bush is typically bullheaded, impatient …
MSNBC:
Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces  —  August mission in Tora Bora almost snared 'high value target'  —  A little more than a month ago, with the anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching and fears of a new al Qaeda attack rising, some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought …
Tushar Rae / Quad City Times:
Obama's wife makes stop in Q-C  —  Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, had to cut her Wednesday visit to the Carriage Haus in downtown Davenport short.  —  Even though her husband and other Democratic candidates for president were debating one another in New Hampshire and Michelle …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Betting on Iowa  —  The Quad City Times reports today …
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?
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 …
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Army is worn too thin, says general  —  Calls force not ready to meet new threats  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left) and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Peter Pace at a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday.  (MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES)  —  WASHINGTON - The Army's top officer …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
They "Have Our Backs", Or At Least Aren't Stabbing Us There  —  Following the condemnation of the MoveOn ad by the House and Senate the Mighty Kos of the Nutroots compiled a list of those Democrats who "we can trust to have our backs".  All the rest, we are advised, are "a fair-weather friend, at best".
Discussion: Cadillac Tight
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox's Bill O'Reilly Says His Stereotypes Taken Out of Context  —  Bill O'Reilly says he thought he was dispelling stereotypes when he told his radio audience last week about his recent trip to Harlem with the Rev. Al Sharpton.  Instead, O'Reilly found himself yesterday fighting accusations of racial insensitivity.
Editor and Publisher:
GALLUP: Trust in Federal Government, On Nearly All Issues, Hits New Low — Even Less Than in Watergate Era  —  NEW YORK A new Gallup poll reveals that, as the organization puts it, Americans now "express less trust in the federal government than at any point in the past decade …
Discussion: QandO and Attytood
CNN:
Nine dead in Myanmar protests  —  YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) — Nine people have been killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests in Myanmar, after attempts to clear demonstrators from the streets of Yangon on Thursday, authorities say.  —  The dead include eight protesters and a Japanese man …
 
 
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