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12:50 PM ET, September 28, 2007

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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
What Limbaugh Said  —  The folks on the Left are beside themselves today—thinking that by dint of a truncated quote, they will succeed in shutting down Rush Limbaugh and taking him off the air.  Before lining up next to the folks from Crooks and Liars, FireDogLake, Media Matters, ThinkProgress …
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Horses Mouth:
As you all know, Rush Limbaugh is now coming under fire for saying …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
CNN Political Ticker:
Dems seize on Limbaugh's 'phony soldiers' comment
Discussion: The Swamp
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Hear, Hear  —  Americans should not fear talking—and listening—to those whose views we loathe.  —  You don't want to judge Christ by Christians, someone once said.  He is perfect, they are not.  —  In a similar way you don't want to judge capitalism by capitalists …
Discussion: The Corner and Viking Pundit
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
What Free Speech Means, And What It Doesn't  —  For a nation birthed on the concept of free speech, we seem to have a very poor understanding of the concept.  Jonah Goldberg notices this in his NRO column today, and uses the case of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia to make the point:
Sam Schulman / AMERICAN.COM:
Lee Bollinger's Illusory Idealism
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Election Central Debate Roundup
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  —  I am beginning to suspect that the greenhouse gases being released into the world by industrialized nations are having an adverse effect on the space-time continuum.  There are days, based on the rhetoric I see coming from some of the loonier corners of the right wing batty brigade …
Discussion: Lean Left
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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Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
GOP electoral initiative dealt major blows
PageOneQ.com Latest:
US Congressman owned home with another man, took DC tax deduction while voting in NC  —  Congressman Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC), right, purchased a residence in Washington, DC's Capital Hill neighborhood with another man, PageOneQ has learned.  While he owned the home, McHenry …
BBC:
Turkey-Iraq agree security pact  —  Iraq and Turkey have signed a security agreement aimed at curbing the activities of the Turkish Kurdish separatist group, the PKK.  —  However, the final agreement does not include a key Turkish proposal that its troops be allowed to pursue PKK fighters over the border into Iraq.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Ankara And Baghdad, Together Again For The First Time
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai; Update: Videos added; Update: Worldwide condemnation  —  Update 11:30am Eastern.  Worldwide condemnation: … Update 10:45am Eastern.  The Lede points to more Burmese bloggers continuing to report despite the clampdown.
Joe Conason / Salon:
The war president "at peace" with himself  —  Bush's 2003 conversation with the Spanish prime minister shows his smug determination to invade Iraq at all costs.  —  George W. Bush answers a question during a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar …
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
'Newsday' D.C. Bureau Chief Phelps Leaving For 'L.A. Times'  —  NEW YORK The departure of Newsday Washington Bureau Chief Tim Phelps, who will become an investigative editor at the Los Angeles Times, will not mean any decrease in Newsday's D.C. operation, according to Editor John Mancini.
Discussion: LA Observed
 
 
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Discussion: Brian Beutler and Ezra Klein
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
With Legacy in Mind, Bush Reassesses His Agenda
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David Shuster was right about Marsha Blackburn. …
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Andrew J. Bacevich / The American Conservative:
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