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10:10 AM ET, September 28, 2007

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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Leading GOP Candidates Skip Debate on Black Issues  —  4 Contenders Attend Fundraisers Instead  —  Fred D. Thompson was at a fundraiser in Franklin, Tenn. Mitt Romney was gathering checks in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Rudolph W. Giuliani was in California raking in some last-minute cash just north of Napa.
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Washington Post:
Minority debate undercut by GOP no-shows
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Debate welcomes 'home viewers:' GOP candidates
Discussion: Wonkette and Outside The Beltway
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Electoral initiative backers give up  —  Plagued by a lack of money, supporters of a statewide initiative drive to change the way California's 55 electoral votes are apportioned, first revealed here by Top of the Ticket in July, are pulling the plug on that effort.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   ELECTORAL COLLEGE HIJINKS....Remember that cute little piece …
Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery  —  Those who want to discredit the United States and to deny our role as history's most powerful and pre-eminent force for freedom, goodness and human dignity invariably focus on America's bloody past as a slave-holding nation.
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Jillian / Sadly, No!:
Pick A Bale Of Stupid
Discussion: Lean Left
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Wanted: Democratic Straight Talk on Iraq  —  Yes, you heard it right: At the Dartmouth College debate Wednesday evening, not one of the three leading Democratic candidates could pledge that all U.S. combat troops would be out of Iraq by the end of his or her first term as president.
Discussion: Eschaton, NewsBusters.org and Truthdig
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Guardian:
The Islamic Reformation  —  Those who call for an Islamic 'Reformation' are missing the point: it has already happened, unfortunately.  —  Since 2001 a plethora of writers have made calls for an Islamic "Reformation".  Many hopes (and careers) are pinned on the idea, but there is no such thing coming.
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai; Update: Videos added  —  Update 9:50am Eastern.  PJM pays tribute to monks and bloggers.  —  And read Agam's Gecko, an Asian-based blog that has followed the Burmese democracy movement for many, many years.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
'Citizen Journalists' Evade Blackout On Myanmar News
Discussion: Associated Press and The Lede
CNN:
Mistake costs dishwasher $59,000  —  MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — For 11 years, Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, lived his version of the American dream in Stuart, Florida: washing dishes and living frugally to bring money back to his home country.
Washington Post:
Showdown Looms as Child Health Bill Passes  —  The Senate, with an overwhelming bipartisan vote yesterday, sent President Bush a $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, setting up the biggest domestic policy clash of his presidency and launching a fight that will reverberate into the 2008 elections.
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CNN:
Senate sets up showdown over kids' insurance
Discussion: Liberty Pundit
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Cigarette surveillance program begins today  —  Motorists bringing large numbers of smokes into state will be charged  —  NASHVILLE — Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states …
Washington Post:
U.S. to Allow Key Detainees to Request Lawyers  —  14 Terrorism Suspects Given Legal Forms at Guantanamo  —  Fourteen "high-value" terrorism suspects who were transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from secret CIA prisons last year have been formally offered the right to request lawyers …
William Tucker / American Spectator:
The Nuclear Renaissance Begins  —  If you're tracking the nuclear power revival in America, last Tuesday, September 25, was a milestone.  For the first time since 1973, a new application for building a reactor was placed before the federal government.  —  The applicant was NRG Energy …
NTU:
NTU Staff & Friends Mourn the Death of NTU President John Berthoud  —  We are sorry to announce the passing of John Berthoud.  As you may know, he has led both the National Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation over the last 11 years.  We have looked to him as a strong leader …
Andrew J. Bacevich / The American Conservative:
Sycophant Savior  —  General Petraeus wins a battle in Washington—if not in Baghdad.  —  In common parlance, the phrase "political general" is an epithet, the inverse of the warrior or frontline soldier.  In any serious war, with big issues at stake, to assign command to a political general …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
France Flips While Congress Shifts  —  WASHINGTON — Ahmadinejad at Columbia provided the entertainment, but Sarkozy at the U.N. provided the substance.  On the largest possible stage — the U.N. General Assembly — President Nicolas Sarkozy put Iran on notice.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
2 Clintons, 2 Stories — But Just 1 To See Print  —  Two stories, both about politicians named Clinton, collided recently at one of the nation's most prominent magazines, raising questions about journalistic integrity and hardball political tactics.  —  GQ killed a 7,000-word article …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Distances Himself From Clinton, on Her Turf  —  Senator Barack Obama implored thousands of admirers who gathered last night in New York City to set aside their distrust in politics and believe in the long-term possibility of his presidential candidacy even though, he conceded, "there are easier choices to make in this election."
 
 
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Report Assails F.D.A. Oversight of Clinical Trials
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
How big a problem is lack of health insurance?
Choire / Gawker:
The New Model: Newspapers Now Stuffed Full Of Blogs, But No Clue Where To Put Them
Discussion: Romenesko
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
IT'S RUDY V. HILL
Discussion: The Corner
Huffington Post:
Senate Passes Hate Crimes Bill; Larry Craig Opposes
US News:
Capital Commerce  —  Home > Money & Business > Capital Commerce …
Ray Robison / American Thinker:
A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Senate approves Lieberman resolution on Iran
 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
Struggling alone  —  The international community's failure …
Michelle Malkin:
Miller Beer steps in it again: The Folsom Street Fair fiasco
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MY ANALYSIS OF THE OREGON FISA DECISION: Yesterday …
The Corner:
We are the world  —  Before Katie Couric's confession that …
Greg Simmons / Fox News:
Washington, D.C., Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Cindy Sheehan
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Democrats Blast Limbaugh For Saying That Antiwar Troops Are "Phony Soldiers"
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Foto Funnies Pt. II