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10:50 AM 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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Bark Bark Woof Woof
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 …
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
NYC cabbies lose court battle over GPS  —  NEW YORK - A federal judge refused Friday to block a new city rule that requires taxi drivers to install global positioning systems and credit card machines in their cabs by Monday.  —  The drivers argue that the city overstepped its authority …
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.
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 …
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
For a Democrat, Options in Iraq Could Be Few
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.
Rick Atkinson / Washington Post:
'The single most effective weapon against our deployed forces'  —  BAGHDAD — It began with a bang and "a huge white blast," in the description of one witness who outlived that Saturday morning, March 29, 2003.  At a U.S. Army checkpoint straddling Highway 9, just north of Najaf …
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: Chuck Adkins and Atlas Shrugs
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