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6:15 AM ET, September 29, 2007


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The Anatomy of a Smear: "Phony Soldiers" Is a Phony Story  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: What?  Am I going to apologize?  It is I who am owed an apology.  Greetings, my friends, and welcome.  The Rush Limbaugh program.  It's Friday.  —  JOHNNY DONOVAN: Live from the Southern Command …
Anne Schroeder / The Politico:
MSNB-No?  —  Looks like MSNBC correspondent David Shuster may have deprived loyal MSNBC viewers of their favorite GOP talking heads — at least for now.  —  This week, the MSNBC reporter "sandbagged" Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) during an interview by asking her to name the last solider from her district to die in Iraq.
Associated Press:
Senior Al Qaeda in Iraq Leader Killed by U.S. Forces  —  WASHINGTON — U.S.-led forces have killed one of the most important leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq, a Tunisian believed connected to the kidnapping and killings last summer of American soldiers, a top commander said Friday.
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
US-led forces kill top al-Qaida leader
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Giuliani fundraiser was mystery initiative backer  —  A close friend and major fundraiser of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has identified himself as the mystery financer of the proposed California initiative to apportion the state's 55 electoral votes by congressional district instead of winner-take-all.
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Bill Clinton Questions Obama's Experience  —  Former President Bill Clinton showed his singular ability to diminish his wife's presidential rivals when, in a television interview, he said that Senator Barack Obama had about as much experience as Mr. Clinton did in 1988 — the year Mr. Clinton decided not to run for the presidency.
Discussion: Liberal Values
Martina Stewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton and Obama to raise in the $20 million neighborhood
Discussion: TPM Election Central
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Federal judge orders Murtha to testify  —  A federal judge has ordered Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) to testify in a defamation case related to the deaths of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005, according to the Associated Press.  —  Murtha, a former Marine. accused Marines involved in the …
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
BBC's Newsround fed youngsters Al Qaeda propaganda, claims ex-spy chief  —  Britain's former spy chief accused the BBC of "parroting" Al Qaeda propaganda to children as young as six.  —  Dame Pauline Neville Jones, who is also a former BBC governor, is infuriated at the stance …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Bonner R. Cohen Ph.D. / TCS Daily:
Gore Dodges Repeated Calls to Debate Global Warming  —  As over 150 heads of state and government gather at UN headquarters in New York to discuss climate change, former Vice President Al Gore, the most prominent proponent of the theory of the human-induced, catastrophic global warming …
Internet reportedly cut in Myanmar  —  YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) — Shots were fired to clear crowds defying a brutal crackdown in Myanmar Friday as authorities reportedly cut Internet connections and graphic new video footage showed troops using deadly force.  —  Witnesses told CNN …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Bush Outlines Proposal on Climate Change  —  Seeking to dispel the widespread impression that his administration is isolated on the issue of global warming, President Bush said today that the world's biggest polluters can limit damage to the atmosphere while still promoting prosperity.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
At Climate Meeting, Bush Does Not Specify Goals
Discussion: Truthdig
National Review:
Edwards: 'Pretty Soon We're Not Going to Have a Young African-American Male Population in America.'  —  Asked about what he could do about "inner-city kids partaking in violence" at the MTV/MySpace Forum yesterday, Democratic candidate John Edwards offered an apocalyptic prediction for young black males:
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE SECOND COMING OF GEORGE MCGOVERN  —  George McGovern, who was crushed by Richard Nixon in a landslide in 1972, has gone down in history as one of our most feckless Presidential candidates.  McGovern ran on a far-left platform that included a proposal that at the time was deemed risible—the "demogrant."
Washington Post:
Justice Thomas Lashes Out in Memoir  —  Book Attacks Liberals and the Media, Breaks Near-Silence on Anita Hill  —  Justice Clarence Thomas settles scores in an angry and vivid forthcoming memoir, scathingly condemning the media, the Democratic senators who opposed his nomination to the Supreme Court …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Angela Caputo / Associated Press:
First Jell-O, now Santa  —  So long, Halloween parade.  Farewell, Santa's gift shop.  —  The holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students.  —  Final decisions …
John McCain: Constitution Established a 'Christian Nation'  —  Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John McCain discusses the country's Judeo-Christian roots, explains why the prospect of a Muslim in the White House makes him uncomfortable, and reveals that he wouldn't undergo …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gingrich takes step toward '08 run  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will open a website by Monday in an effort to round up the $30 million in pledges that he says would be his ticket to entering the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
EXCLUSIVE- SF MURDER CHARGES DISMISSED  —  Woo Hoo!  While Kev and I were gearing up to talk football, the phone rang.  It was the best of news, all charges dropped against MSG Anderson and CPT Staffel for the shooting of a known terrorist in Afghanistan.  This was swift justice and sent a clear message about the actions they took.
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The power of faith against the bullet
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Obama Brings on Top Lobbyist
Associated Press:
Rep. Pelosi criticizes border fence
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Stephanie Taylor / Democratic National Committee:
Giuliani Says He Took Cell Phone Call From Wife Because of Sept. 11
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
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Giuliani Cites Bible on Personal Life