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5:35 PM ET, September 29, 2007

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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Gingrich says no to White House bid  —  WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday.  —  "Newt is not running," spokesman Rick Tyler said.
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CNN:
Gingrich won't seek GOP nomination  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Two days after hinting he wanted to try for the White House, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decided he would not run for president, his spokesman said Saturday.  —  Rick Tyler said Gingrich realized he couldn't run …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Gingrich Won't Run in 2008  —  Newt Gingrich has sent so many hints pointing in so many different directions that we're dizzy trying to follow them all.  But now, it appears, he's made up his mind.  —  Rick Tyler, Mr. Gingrich's spokesman, confirmed today that the former Republican House speaker …
Discussion: Open Left
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gingrich decides against White House run  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) decided Saturday morning not to run for president just as his staff was preparing to launch a website to seek $30 million in pledges, his spokesman told Politico.  —  Gingrich had planned to seek pledges …
Alex / Army of Dude:
The Real Deal  —  Blue Girl directed me to a very interesting story about Rush Limbaugh, who called veterans opposed to the war phony soldiers.  Of course, this is the same Rush Limbaugh who threw a fit about the Moveon.org Petraeus ad, calling it "contemptible" and "indecent."
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The Influence Peddler:
Limbaugh on Solid Ground on 'Phony Soldiers'  —  House Democrats are apparently considering a resolution to castigate Rush Limbaugh for having the nerve to allege that there are 'phony soldiers' bragging about their exploits in Iraq.  As long as they're at it, perhaps they'll actually denounce the phony soldiers.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
LIMBAUGH GETS SPECIFIC
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Fox News' attack on the honor and integrity of our war generals  —  As we learned from both our Senate and House last week, in the United States we must never "attack the honor and integrity . . . of members of the United States Armed Forces."  All good patriots from both parties agree on this.
Juan Williams / Time:
What Bill O'Reilly Really Told Me  —  It started with Bill O'Reilly's grandmother.  And it blew up into charges of O'Reilly being called a racist and me being attacked as a "Happy Negro" (read that as a lackey or Uncle Tom).  —  O'Reilly, controversial host of the top-rated TV cable talk show …
Dan Senor / Opinion Journal:
The Long Arm of Iran  —  The top mullahs have been complicit in terror attacks.  —  "I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel."  —  On March 17, 1992, a suicide bomber crashed …
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Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Bill Clinton Says He Was More Experienced Than Obama  —  Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — Former President Bill Clinton said he was far more experienced when he made his successful 1992 White House run than Senator Barack Obama is today.  —  ``There is a difference,'' Clinton said in an interview …
Discussion: Wizbang and TPM Election Central
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Never Trust Anybody Over 49  —  Earlier this year at a campaign rally, Bill Clinton said that when he was at Yale, he told Hillary: "I have met all the most gifted people in our generation and you're the best."  —  Now, it's always nice to hear a husband say he thinks his wife is tops.
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
Ahmadinejad walks away with a win  —  His Columbia engagement gives him what he wants — legitimacy — and his hosts look rude to Islamic eyes.  —  One of the world's truly dangerous men, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left New York a clear winner this week, and he can thank …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
A New Entitlement?  —  The big problem with U.S. fiscal policy is that, over the years, politicians of both parties have voted for unfunded entitlements for the elderly, which will (unless scaled back) result in substantially higher taxes on future generations.  Click here for my views on the problem.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Redstate
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John Dickerson / Slate:
WHAT'S WITH HILLARY'S LAUGH?
Discussion: Feministing
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Laughing Matters in Clinton Campaign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Labels CIA 'Terrorist Organization'  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's parliament on Saturday approved a nonbinding resolution labeling the CIA and the U.S. Army "terrorist organizations," in apparent response to a Senate resolution seeking to give a similar designation to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Amanda Marcotte / Pandagon:
Why it's too much trouble to educate girls past the 5th grade  —  Oh, you know some a**hole is thinking it.  —  A school in New York is having problems because their absolute "no bag" policy is a bit anti-female, surprise surprise.  As any woman reading this is immediately thinking …
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Heather Yakin / Times Herald-Record:
Updated: 'The Question' causes furor at local high school
Discussion: Unfogged, Majikthise and Feministing
Michelle Malkin:
Fight the bully smear merchants at MoveOn.org  —  Update: Another challenge to the MoveOn legal thugs...  Earlier in the week, the LA Times reported that MoveOn.org, the infamous left-wing thugs who sponsored the "General Betray Us" ads, had unleashed its lawyers on Internet retailer Cafe Press …
Terre / Daily Kos:
UPDATE 2 - WAXMAN PISSED: Krongard, SUSPEND All Communications  —  Henry Waxman, is starting to see major red where Inspector General Howard Krongard is concerned.  (H/T to Nolo at IndictDickCheney Blogspot)  —  Krongard is "apparently" threatening his employees with retaliation …
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Washington Post:
State Dept. Agents Say Jobs Were Threatened
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