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11:30 PM ET, September 29, 2007


 Top Items: 
Gingrich rules out run for president  —  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 …
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 …
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Gingrich Won't Run in 2008  —  Newt Gingrich has sent …
Discussion: Open Left
Fox News:
Newt Gingrich Won't Run for President in 2008
Discussion: AmbivaBlog
Brian Braiker / Newsweek:
Poll: Iowans Buck the 2008 CW  —  The top three Democratic presidential contenders are locked in a three-way race among likely Iowa caucus-goers, according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll—while Romney leads his Republican rivals in the Hawkeye State.  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead …
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 Petraeus ad, calling it "contemptible" and "indecent."
Associated Press:
Wounded vets also suffer financial woes  —  TEMECULA, Calif. - He was one of America's first defenders on Sept. 11, 2001, a Marine who pulled burned bodies from the ruins of the Pentagon.  He saw more horrors in Kuwait and Iraq.  —  Today, he can't keep a job, pay his bills, or chase thoughts of suicide from his tortured brain.
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and The Newshoggers
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.
Don Van Natta Jr / New York Times:
Big Coffers and Rising Voice at Conservative Group  —  Freedom's Watch, a deep-pocketed conservative group led by two former senior White House officials, made an audacious debut in late August when it began a $15 million advertising campaign designed to maintain Congressional support for President Bush's troop increase in Iraq.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Spitting on the Marines  —  Here is an e-mail from a Marine chaplain recently returned from Iraq.  The story speaks for itself—lousy treatment of our troops at our own airports.  He writes about Oakland, and while checking around I find that this is a common experience.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Caught on tape: How a 16-year-old girl was lynched in Gaza  —  After more than 20 years in the business, and just when you think you've seen it all, there's always something that shocks you more than ever.  —  This time it's the brutal murder of a 16-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip.
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Envoy Brings Appeal for Restraint to Myanmar  —  A special envoy from the United Nations, Ibrahim Gambari, arrived in Myanmar on Saturday, bringing demands for restraint from a world that has watched with alarm the violent suppression of peaceful nationwide protests.
Discussion: The Nation and The Moderate Voice
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.
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 …
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
Aging inmates clogging nation's prisons  —  HARDWICK, Ga. - Razor wire topping the fences seems almost a joke at the Men's State Prison, where many inmates are slumped in wheelchairs, or leaning on walkers or canes.  —  It's becoming an increasingly common sight: geriatric inmates spending their waning days behind bars.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Labour's secret plans to slash the Navy  —  Ministers have drawn up confidential proposals to slash the number of ships in the Royal Navy, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.  —  The expected reductions follow a fierce row between Service chiefs and the Treasury over defence spending.
John Dickerson / Slate:
WHAT'S WITH HILLARY'S LAUGH?  —  When former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe told columnist Roger Simon that Hillary Clinton's "great belly laugh" was proof of her unseen human side, could he really have been talking about this noise?  (Click on the player below to listen to Hillary's laugh.)
Discussion: Feministing
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Laughing Matters in Clinton Campaign
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 …
Heather Yakin / Times Herald-Record:
Updated: 'The Question' causes furor at local high school
Discussion: Unfogged, Majikthise and Feministing
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 …
Washington Post:
State Dept. Agents Say Jobs Were Threatened
Discussion: Norwegianity and Cliff Schecter
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Jonathan Schwarz / A Tiny Revolution:
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Europeans angry after Bush climate speech 'charade'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mary Beard / Times of London:
Video shows Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai 'being shot deliberately'
Rick Atkinson / Washington Post:
'The single most effective weapon against our deployed forces'
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Dollar closes above U.S. greenback
Richard Marosi / Los Angeles Times:
Border fence nearly doubles
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
I.M.F. Faces a Question of Identity
 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: The Sideshow
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems turn to a youngster to make their SCHIP points
Dan Senor / Opinion Journal:
The Long Arm of Iran
Paul Marshall / Washington Post:
Muzzling in the Name of Islam
Michelle Malkin:
Fight the bully smear merchants at
Juan Williams / Time:
What Bill O'Reilly Really Told Me
Chris Kahn / Associated Press:
6 die from brain-eating amoeba in lakes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Boing Boing