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7:30 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
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.
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / The Caucus:
Christian Conservatives Consider Third-Party Effort  —  Alarmed at the chance that the Republican party might pick Rudolph Giuliani as its presidential nominee despite his support for abortion rights, a coalition of influential Christian conservatives is threatening to back a third-party candidate in an attempt to stop him.
Discussion: Feministe
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:
THE GOP'S BEST ANTI-CRAIG WEAPON  —  It must be terribly frustrating for the Senate Republican leadership, knowing there's not much they can do to force embattled Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) to go away.  —  The party can take away his committee assignments, but that's already happened and it didn't have much of an effect.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Redstate, PoliBlog (TM) and BartBlog
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
Ros Taylor / Guardian:
Bolton calls for bombing of Iran  —  John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, told Tory delegates today that efforts by the UK and the EU to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country.
'Meet the Press' transcript for Sept. 30, 2007  —  Former President Bill Clinton, Dan Balz, Patrick Buchanan, David Gregory, Tavis Smiley  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: In his third annual Global Initiative conference, former President Bill Clinton convenes leaders …
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama climbs in Iowa poll  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign has been telling people not to pay too much attention to the polls lately, but now they're emailing all their supporters with news of the latest survey.  —  In Iowa, Obama is actually leading Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton …
Noel Sheppard /
The Group Behind Smear Campaigns Against Limbaugh and O'Reilly  —  Last week, two of the leading conservatives in the media, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, were dishonestly and unprofessionally attacked by press outlets that cherry-picked out of context remarks from lengthy radio broadcasts …
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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
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Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:
Sign Me "Human"  —  It appears that a modern EU version …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
David Leppard / Times of London:
US airbase bomb plotter on run in UK
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Poor smokers would pay for health bill
Alan S. Blinder / New York Times:
Six Fingers of Blame in the Mortgage Mess
Nick Langewis / Latest:
Suspected Georgetown gay-basher has Bush Administration ties
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Rudy Would Rather Be with Bo Derek than Addressing the Concerns of Black America.
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
NO HOMOSEXUALS IN THE ARAB WORLD: Recall that at Ahmadinejad's …
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Democracies talk, tyrannies act
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
Petraeus admits to rise in Iraq violence
Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol's Dark Humor: Bush's 'Heartless Assault On Our Children' Is 'A Good Idea'
Opinion Journal:
Surveillance Showdown  —  "Privacy" zealots want America …
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Associated Press:
Report: Countrywide CEO Cashed Out
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Is Hillary Clinton the New Old Al Gore?