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11:55 AM ET, September 11, 2006


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Christopher Hitchens / Opinion Journal:
Solidarity  —  Our first duty is to stand together against bin Ladenism.  —  Never mind where I was standing or what I was doing this time five years ago.  (Because really, what could be less pertinent?)  Except that I do remember wondering, with apparent irrelevance, how soon I would be hearing one familiar cliché.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers  —  Vowing that he was "never going to forget the lessons of that day," President Bush paid tribute last night to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, laying wreaths at ground zero, attending a prayer service at St. Paul's Chapel …
Discussion: The Rude Pundit
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
The Hole in the City's Heart  —  On July Fourth two years ago, eight weeks before the Republican National Convention in New York City, Gov. George E. Pataki traveled from the Hamptons summer home of his senior economic adviser, Charles A. Gargano, to the dusty crater in the center of Lower Manhattan.
Will / Attytood:
The Emperor's New Clothes: How 2nd graders saw what the American media wouldn't report  —  George W. Bush is a man on a mission today: To remind the American people how they felt five years ago, when the public was understandably frightened by the killing of nearly 3,000 fellow citizens …
Pajamas Media:   9/11: FIVE YEARS AFTER  —  New Media  —  September Elevenths …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Honors 9/11 Anniversary
Discussion: TAPPED and The Heretik
Amy Westfeldt / Associated Press:
Nation marks fifth anniversary of 9/11
Discussion: Dean's World and
Michelle Malkin:
The 2,996 Project  —  I am kicking off 24-hour 9/11 anniversary coverage today with my entry for the 2,996 Project.  —  As I mentioned last month, the project launched by D.C. Roe involves more than 3,000 bloggers who have joined together to commemorate each and every one of the victims of 9/11 on this fifth anniversary.
Lorie Byrd / Wizbang:
FIVE YEARS LATER — WE WILL NOT FORGET  —  SEPTEMBER 11, 2001  —  "The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.  These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
A Religious and Unconventional War  —  Conventionally, countries fight wars against other countries.  Territory is well-defined, and the objective — unconditional surrender — is clear.  World War II is always a good illustration.  Adolf Hitler's desire for power obviously consumed him.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
9/11 Remembrance: Ysidro Hidalgo-Tejada
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Situation Called Dire in West Iraq  —  Anbar Is Lost Politically, Marine Analyst Says  —  The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Worried CIA Officers Buy Legal Insurance  —  Plans Fund Defense In Anti-Terror Cases  —  CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
A new low in Bush-hatred  —  SIX YEARS into the Bush administration, are there any new lows to which the Bush-haters can sink?  —  George W. Bush has been smeared by the left with every insult imaginable.  He has been called a segregationist who yearns to revive Jim Crow and compared ad nauseam to Adolf Hitler.
Arthur Spiegelman / Reuters:
Controversial "Death of a President" film debuts
Discussion: The Corner
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
For Democrats' Hopes, Less Promise in New York  —  Kirsten Gillibrand campaigned with Hillary Rodham Clinton last month.  She is trying to unseat Representative John E. Sweeney, a four-term Republican.  —  In a year when Democrats hope to take control of the House of Representatives …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
War's Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says  —  He Cites Allies' 'Doubts' About U.S. Will  —  Vice President Cheney offered a veiled attack yesterday on critics of the administration's Iraq policy, saying the domestic debate over the war is emboldening adversaries who believe they can undermine the resolve of the American people.
Imam casts doubt over existence of bin Laden  —  The leader of Muslim imams in Norway said Monday that many Muslims feel they've been under collective suspicion since September 11, 2001.  He also questioned whether Osama bin Laden actually exists.  —  Imam Zulqarnain Sakandar Madni answered …
New York Times:
A Ban on Carry-On Luggage  —  In a directive whose logic is not always apparent, the Transportation Security Administration has spelled out what airline passengers can carry on board with them, what must be placed in checked luggage, and what can't go on the plane at all.
Andy Rooney / CBS News:
Why 9/11 Was So Different  —  There have been a lot of memorable days in our country's history but some of them we'd rather forget.  September 11th, 2001 is one of those.  It isn't a day to celebrate but it's a day we shouldn't forget, either.  —  We need some word other than "holiday" to call some of our memorable days.
Discussion: and Macsmind
New York Times:
Proposal for Autonomous States in Iraq Creates Tension  —  An agreement struck 11 months ago by Shiite and Kurdish leaders to win Sunni Arab support for a new constitution is fraying, causing concern among some political leaders that it could jeopardize Iraq's fragile governing coalition.
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Al-Zawahri: Gulf, Israel next targets  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden's deputy warned that Persian Gulf countries and Israel would be al-Qaida's next targets, according to a new videotape aired by Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Monday, the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Khatemi Is Served With Summons at Gala Dinner
Discussion: Power Line
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
9/11: Birth of the Blog  —  When the world changed on Sept. 11 …
Discussion: The Talent Show
Lt Col P / Op For:
September 11th... 1565  —  The fifth anniversary of September 11th 2001 is upon us.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Special Counsel Cancels Award Ceremony for Whistle-Blower
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Bill Frist / Examiner:
Here's my working agenda before the November elections
Sergey Soukhorukov / Telegraph:
North Korea 'determined to carry out underground test'
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Muslim Candidate Plays Defense
Discussion: Norwegianity
 Earlier Items: 
Margaret Talev / Contra Costa Times:
Democrats already counting their eggs
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Forum On Iraq Tonight At Macalester College
Discussion: Shot In The Dark
Forkum / Cox & Forkum:
Refresher Course  —  The statistics from September 11 only hint …
Newt Gingrich / Guardian:
Attacking Iran is not a long-term solution
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jamie Glazov / Front Page Magazine:
Symposium: 9/11: Five Years Later
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Matthew Schofield / Mercury News:
Hezbollah gives hope to Palestinians
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric
Suicide bomb kills Afghan governor
Washington Post:
Bush's Approval Ratings Slumping Further in Europe