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3:09 AM ET, September 30, 2007

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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Gingrich says no to White House bid  —  WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday.  —  "Newt is not running," spokesman Rick Tyler said.
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Fox News:
Newt Gingrich Won't Run for President in 2008  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told FOX News Saturday that he won't run for president in 2008.  —  "For the moment, I'm just going to watch the race," Gingrich told FOX News in an exclusive interview.  —  Gingrich hinted off …
Discussion: M.E. Sprengelmeyer and AmbivaBlog
CNN:
Gingrich rules out run for president
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Gingrich Won't Run in 2008  —  Newt Gingrich has sent …
Discussion: Open Left
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Gingrich Decides Against Presidential Bid
Discussion: Redstate and AMERICAblog
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
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
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
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Never Trust Anybody Over 49  —  Earlier this year at a campaign rally, Bill Clinton said that when he was at Yale, he told Hillary: "I have met all the most gifted people in our generation and you're the best."  —  Now, it's always nice to hear a husband say he thinks his wife is tops.
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Telegraph:
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.
Juan Williams / Time:
What Bill O'Reilly Really Told Me  —  It started with Bill O'Reilly's grandmother.  And it blew up into charges of O'Reilly being called a racist and me being attacked as a "Happy Negro" (read that as a lackey or Uncle Tom).  —  O'Reilly, controversial host of the top-rated TV cable talk show …
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 …
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 Moderate Voice and The Nation
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
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.
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 …
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
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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 …
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Heather Yakin / Times Herald-Record:
Updated: 'The Question' causes furor at local high school
Discussion: Unfogged, Majikthise and Feministing
 
 
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. Kills a Leader Of Al-Qaeda in Iraq
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
For a Democrat, Options in Iraq Could Be Few
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:
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The Influence Peddler:
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Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Dems turn to a youngster to make their SCHIP points
Dan Senor / Opinion Journal:
The Long Arm of Iran
Michelle Malkin:
Fight the bully smear merchants at MoveOn.org