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Mayor Daley suddenly announces he’s not running for re-election in Chicago. Liberal bloggers immediately clamor for Rahm Emanual to run — to get him out of the White House. Other wags suggest Blago. Election is in February.
Good piece on Rep. John Hall’s tough re-election fight (the former Orleans star wrote for me at Crawdaddy back in the day). See my upcoming piece on him here.
Name for new Kathleen Parker-Eliot Spitzer show on CNN announced: Yes, it’s Parker Spitzer.
Mike Calderone: How will media cover Iraq in end-of-combat era — and will they even acknowledge it’s not the end of combat?
We’re sure you are not shocked re: Marty Peretz’s latest bout of anti-Muslim bigotry.
Cover of new Bob Woodward book on Obama out. Well, glad it’s on wars, not general "first year in office" tome.
My new piece, an interview with author Lawrence Wright about his HBO film airing tonight — al-Qaeda, 9/11, and U.S. torture.
Gen. Petraeus compares American religious right to Taliban in discussing Koran burnings.
RUBIES FOR TUESDAY
Bob Herbert: On Labor Day, Obama finally found his voice: "Mr. Obama linked the nation’s desperate need for jobs to the sorry state of the national infrastructure in a tone that conveyed both passion and empathy, and left me wondering, ‘Where has this guy been for the past year and a half?’”
George Soros donating $100 million to Human Rights Watch, his (and its) biggest donation ever and just about biggest gift by anyone this year to anything.