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9:20 AM ET, September 28, 2007

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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 of skullduggery Republicans have been backing that would split California's electoral votes by congressional district instead of awarding them all to a single candidate?  Long story short, California is reliably blue …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Democrats Blast Limbaugh For Saying That Antiwar Troops Are "Phony Soldiers"  —  As we reported earlier today over at The Horse's Mouth, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show that soldiers who favor U.S. withdrawal from Iraq are "phony soldiers."  —  The assertion — reminiscent of MoveOn's attack …
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Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: Service members who support U.S. withdrawal are "phony soldiers"
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
'Citizen Journalists' Evade Blackout On Myanmar News
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Discussion: Ali Eteraz and Dean's World
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 …
CNN:
Edwards says he'll accept public financing  —  ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS, New Hampshire (CNN) — Former Sen. John Edwards Thursday said he will accept public financing for his presidential campaign, and challenged his chief rivals for the Democratic nomination, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, to follow his lead.
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Edwards' acceptance of matching funds a necessity
Discussion: The Agonist
The Atlantic Online:
Why Did Edwards Do This? Pros and Cons
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 …
Greg Simmons / Fox News:
Washington, D.C., Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Cindy Sheehan  —  WASHINGTON — A bench warrant was issued Thursday for antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who did not appear for arraignment Thursday in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to face charges related to her Sept. 10 disorderly conduct arrest on Capitol Hill.
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.
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and NewsBusters.org
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.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Crooked Timber
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."
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Guardian:
Struggling alone  —  The international community's failure to act means watching helplessly as victims of repression in Burma are consigned to their fate.  —  In the coming days - perhaps even hours - the destiny of Burma (also known as Myanmar), and the fates of over 50 million Burmese, will be decided.
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Foto Funnies Pt. II  —  From Little Green Footballs, 9/21/07:  —  Above: Screen-capture of LGF post  —  That's a reprinted press release from David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.  The text reads, "The photo accompanying this article, which shows a teenage girl buried before being stoned to death …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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.
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
2 Clintons, 2 Stories — But Just 1 To See Print
Ray Robison / American Thinker:
A Quiet Triumph May be Brewing
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Senate approves Lieberman resolution on Iran
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Debate welcomes 'home viewers:' GOP candidates
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mychael Bell of Jena 6 Makes Bail
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
CNN:
Kids' health bill passes despite veto threat
Kos / Daily Kos:
TX-Sen: Our own baseline poll
William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Court won't declare chimp a person
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Dan Rather stands by his story
Charles Dharapak / Newsweek:
Bob Gates's Victory
Discussion: The Newshoggers and INTEL DUMP
Center for American Progress:
What Are You Paying for the War?  —  State-by-State Cost Breakdowns