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"A House Republican plan to implement the 9/11 Commission's recommendations contains a raft of additional provisions that would expand federal law-enforcement powers and centralize information about private citizens in government databases," the Wall Street Journal 's Jess Bravin and David Cloud report.

"Elections in Iraq will be held as planned early next year, but getting there will be a violent process, top U.S. military and diplomatic officials told members of Congress yesterday," the Washington Post reports. LINK

George F. Will on the Iran dilemma. LINK

"The incumbent president is the radical in this unorthodox election year … . The challenger is for once the pragmatist and traditionalist on foreign policy," writes Jim Hoagland. LINK


The Philadelphia Inquirer's Kaitlin Gurney leads "Seeking to craft a legacy on the very issue that haunted his ill-starred tenure in office, Gov. McGreevey issued a sweeping executive order yesterday outlawing the practice of rewarding political contributors with state contracts known as pay-to-play." LINK

The media:

In 1972, "a few top journalists like R.W. Apple Jr., David S. Broder, Jack Germond and Jules Witcover, through their diligence, ambition and supreme self-confidence, set the agenda for the whole political race. This summer, sitting in the Tank and reading campaign blogs, you could sometimes get a half-giddy, half-sickening feeling that something was shifting, that the news agenda was beginning to be set by this largely unpaid, T-shirt-clad army of bloggers," writes Matthew Klain in the forthcoming New York Times Magazine.

The cover photo will take away the breath of any Note reader.

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