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The Cleveland Plain Dealer on must-see TV: LINK

"Three Westlake High students have a plum assignment when the vice presidential de bate is held at Case Western Reserve University next week. Steve Aurora, Kim Kopcak and Doug Bullard will create documentaries of the debate, to be aired in a one-hour program sometime this fall."

"Each student will produce a 10- to 15-minute piece, while being trailed by a crew from C-SPAN. They will work alongside members of C-SPAN's crew and the dozens of other reporters in town for the event."

"The students already have plenty of hands-on experience at the high school's WHBS-TV. Aurora is the station's president."

"C-SPAN contacted the local Adelphia Cable office seeking high-school students for the project, according to a news release, and Westlake's television program was 'immediately suggested.' C-SPAN wants to show viewers the vice presidential debate from a student's point of view."

The politics of national security:

This truly is the politics of national security!!!

The New York Times ' Douglas Jehl and David Sanger found that the National Intelligence Council "warned the Bush administration about the potential costly consequences of an American-led invasion two months before the war began, government officials said Monday." LINK

They are not nearly as descriptive as Bob Novak in describing just how they obtained the information — "The contents of the two assessments had not been previously disclosed. They were described by the officials after two weeks in which the White House had tried to minimize the council's latest report, which was prepared this summer and read by senior officials early this month."

(The Times men DO say that the leakers are NOT connected to the presidential campaigns . . .)

More, from the article: "The assessments, meant to address the regional implications and internal challenges that Iraq would face after Mr. Hussein's ouster, said it was unlikely that Iraq would split apart after an American invasion, the officials said. But they said there was a significant chance that domestic groups would engage in violent internal conflict with one another unless an occupying force prevented them from doing so."

"The officials outlined the reports after the columnist Robert Novak, in a column published Monday in The Washington Post , wrote that a senior intelligence official had said at a West Coast gathering last week that the White House had disregarded warnings from intelligence agencies that a war in Iraq would intensify anti-American hostility in the Muslim world. Mr. Novak identified the official as Paul R. Pillar, the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, and criticized him for making remarks that Mr. Novak said were critical of the administration."

The investigation into the disclosure of the name of CIA agent "seems to have been both exhaustive and inconclusive," writes the New York Times Adam Liptak. LINK

But Mr. Liptak has great detail, so read the whole thing.

The New York Times ' Philip Shenon and Carl Hulse report a bill to enact many of the 9/11 Commission's "central recommendations faced an uncertain fate on Monday as the Senate opened a floor debate and moved toward a final vote, possibly this week." LINK

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