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5:20 PM ET, September 30, 2007


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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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Sy Hersh on Bush and Iran: Shifting targets: New Propaganda push to attack their Revolutionary Guard  —  UPDATED: Sy Hersh joined CNN's Late Edition and discussed his new article out in the NewYorker: "Shifting Targets," which says that the WH has a new talking point which it will sell attacking Iran …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Hersh: Bush's Case For Hitting Iran Has 'Shifted,' Now Focused …
Discussion: rubber hose
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.
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.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and BartBlog
Washington Post:
GOP Is Ready to Roll Out the Klieg Lights for Craig  —  Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is a tough guy to run out of town.  —  Not that his Republican colleagues aren't trying.  Worried that the disgraced lawmaker intends to remain in the Senate indefinitely, they are threatening to notch …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and BartBlog
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michelle Malkin:
What happened to our troops in Oakland  —  Two days ago, an e-mail about the rude treatment of Marines and soldiers returning from Iraq started making the rounds on the Internet.  The brother of one of the mistreated Marines who described the incident at Oakland Airport works on the Hill.
Little / Daily Kos:
UPDATED II: Fake [?] Anti-Troop Email Making RW Rounds
Discussion: The Corner and Atlas Shrugs
Michael Scherer / Salon:
Religious right may blackball Giuliani  —  Christian conservative leaders privately consider supporting a third-party, antiabortion candidate should Rudy Giuliani win the GOP nomination.  —  Rudy Giuliani speaks to the Associated Press Sept. 25, 2007, in New York.
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
Petraeus admits to rise in Iraq violence  —  The top U.S. commander, back from his trip to Washington, says Sunni Arab militants have carried out a 'Ramadan surge.' But he notes that the level of attacks remains lower than a year ago.  —  BAGHDAD — Gen. David H. Petraeus …
Nick Langewis / Latest:
Suspected Georgetown gay-basher has Bush Administration ties  —  A Georgetown University sophomore, implicated in a gay-bashing by a fellow student, has ties to the Bush Administration, PageOneQ has learned.  —  19-year-old Philip Anderton Cooney, pictured here in the spring of 2005 …
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.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani argues he can beat Hillary  —  NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani has focused on November 2008 — and Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton — from the outset of his presidential bid with a strategy as uncertain as it is necessary.  —  "I'm not running against my Republican opponents.
Discussion: Conservative Belle
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Rudy Would Rather Be with Bo Derek than Addressing the Concerns of Black America.  —  Oh come on, so would Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, if they were perfectly honest.  —  What Rudy should really be ashamed of this time is that his Santa Barbara fundraiser ONLY raised a hundred grand.
Discussion: Eschaton
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
NO HOMOSEXUALS IN THE ARAB WORLD: Recall that at Ahmadinejad's recent speech at Columbia, he responded to a question about Iran's oppression of homosexuals by claiming that "in Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country."  His statement was met with a chorus of boos and catcalls …
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
Kombiz Lavasany / Democratic National Committee:
Romney Hypocrisy on Venezuela and Iran  —  Mitt Romney has been trying to court Republican voters by attacking the Governments of Venezuela and Iran and, in the case of Iran, urging divestment.  It seems that Romney hasn't been as forthcoming about his ties to Hugo Chavez and Venezuela's oil company.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
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