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4:30 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
How Petraeus Moved The Debate, Literally
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: Service members who support U.S. withdrawal are "phony soldiers"  —  During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq "phony soldiers."  He made the comment while discussing …
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Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
So I'm a "Phony Soldier," Rush?  —  As Media Matters reported today, Rush Limbaugh, on his show said that those troops who come home and want to get America out of the middle of the religious civil war in Iraq are "phony soldiers."  I'd love for you, Rush, to have me on your show and tell that to me to my face.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Following Bush Over a Cliff  —  The spectacle Tuesday of 151 House Republicans voting in lock step with the White House against expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was one of the more remarkable sights of the year.  Rarely do you see so many politicians putting their careers in jeopardy.
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Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Explain Your SCHIP Vote to the Children.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Senate advances SCHIP legislation.
Mouth of the Potomac:
HILLARY'S TORTURE  —  Hillary Clinton flip-flopped on torture last night (and slapped Bill upside the head while doing it), saying, "As a matter of policy it cannot be American policy, period."  —  That's quite emphatic, but in October, she had quite a loophole, and she explained it in depth …
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Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Rob Reiner endorses Hillary Clinton
The Politico:
Dems could do far more to end Iraq war  —  The vast majority of Democrats in Congress are powerfully clear about what they think about the war in Iraq.  It is the greatest strategic blunder of a generation.  —  It is a lost cause.  Above all, it is immoral — with more men and women dying each …
Discussion: Open Left
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Politico: Democrats Could be Doing Much More to End War
Charlotte Observer:
Documents point to S.C. terror plot  —  Explosives materials in car  —  In a 12-minute video posted on YouTube, an Egyptian man wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and rubber gloves explains in Arabic how to turn a toy boat into a bomb.  —  His name is Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed …
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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Craig Remains in Office, for Now  —  Despite His Pledge to Resign, Embattled Senator Will Continue to Work in Senate  —  Though Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, had previously pledged to resign by Sunday, amid allegations he cruised for gay sex in a public bathroom, he now says he will stay in office.
Vaclav Havel / New York Times:
Our Moral Footprint  —  OVER the past few years the questions have been asked ever more forcefully whether global climate changes occur in natural cycles or not, to what degree we humans contribute to them, what threats stem from them and what can be done to prevent them.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: Hi, everybody.  Welcome back to the briefing room.  I have a statement by the President on Burma that I will read out for him, and then a statement about the FAA actions, and then I'll go to questions.  —  This is a statement by the President.
Discussion: Washington Wire and First Draft
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.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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The Corner:
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