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12:00 PM ET, September 30, 2007

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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
9/11 Is Over  —  Not long ago, the satirical newspaper The Onion ran a fake news story that began like this:  —  "At a well-attended rally in front of his new ground zero headquarters Monday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani officially announced his plan to run for president of 9/11.
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Jules Crittenden:
Nation of Stupid  —  Tom Friedman: "9/11 has made us stupid."  —  Sure has made some people stupid, no question.  Friedman is writing against Giuliani as the "9/11″ candidate, saying we need a 9/12 candidate.  Which, as an attempt to be clever, is pretty stupid, too. 9/12, you'll recall, was the day after 9/11.
Warner Todd Huston / Stop The ACLU:
NYTimes: Thomas Friedman Wants America to Get Over 9/11  —  Thomas Friedman thinks you are "stupid" if you still care about the atrocity committed against this country by Islamofascists in New York on 9/11/2001.  He thinks "9/11 is over" and we all should just move on.
Discussion: If I Ran the Zoo
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN STUMBLES ON RELIGION — AGAIN  —  Perhaps the moral of the story is that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would be far better off avoiding religion as a campaign issue.  It's been dogging him for years, and his fall from grace continues.  —  In 2000, the Arizona senator gambled …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
McCain: No Muslim president, U.S. better with Christian one  —  GOP presidential candidate John McCain says America is better off with a Christian President and he doesn't want a Muslim in the Oval Office.  —  "I admire the Islam.  There's a lot of good principles in it," he said.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Is Hillary Clinton the New Old Al Gore?  —  THE Democrats can't lose the White House in 2008, can they?  —  Some 13 months before Election Day, the race's dynamic seems immutable.  Americans can't wait to evict the unpopular president and end his disastrous war.
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
SHIFTING TARGETS  —  The Administration's plan for Iran. … In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran.
Opinion Journal:
Surveillance Showdown  —  "Privacy" zealots want America to forgo intelligence capabilities during wartime.  —  Would any sane country purposefully limit its ability to spy on enemy communications in time of war?  That is the question Congress must answer as it takes up reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Associated Press:
Report: Countrywide CEO Cashed Out  —  LA Times: Angelo Mozilo Cashed In $138 Million In Options Before Crash  —  (AP) Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo cashed in $138 million in stock options over the last year, switching his trading plans as the mortgage company went …
Orlando Patterson / New York Times:
Jena, O. J. and the Jailing of Black America  —  THE miscarriage of justice at Jena, La. — where five black high school students arrested for beating a white student were charged with attempted murder — and the resulting protest march tempts us to the view, expressed by several of the marchers …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs  —  Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush's senior women officials: "I hate all Iranians."  —  And she also accused Britain of "dismantling" the Anglo-US-led coalition …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Washington Post:
Bush's EPA Is Pursuing Fewer Polluters  —  Probes and Prosecutions Have Declined Sharply  —  The Environmental Protection Agency's pursuit of criminal cases against polluters has dropped off sharply during the Bush administration, with the number of prosecutions, new investigations …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. Kills a Leader Of Al-Qaeda in Iraq  —  A senior leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq responsible for bringing foreign fighters into the country and seizing and executing U.S. soldiers in 2006 was killed Monday in an American airstrike, the U.S. military said yesterday.
Michael Roston / Huffington Post:
Major Romney Donors Lobby For Venezuelan Government-Linked Oil Company  —  On the campaign trail, Republican Mitt Romney has been harshly critical of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  But that hasn't stopped his campaign from taking donations from lobbyists who receive millions of dollars …
 
 
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