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AP: "The Education Department has advised school leaders nationwide to watch for people spying on their buildings or buses to help detect any possibility of terrorism like the deadly school siege in Russia. The warning follows an analysis by the FBI and the Homeland Security Department of the siege that killed nearly 340 people, many of them students, in the city of Beslan last month. 'The horror of this attack may have created significant anxiety in our own country among parents, students, faculty staff and other community members,' Deputy Education Secretary Eugene Hickok said in a letter to schools and education groups ... The Education Department sent its letter by e-mail Wednesday to school police, state school officers, school boards, groups representing principals and many other organizations." (emphasis added)

Pretty much on schedule, right?

In its editorial today

In its editorial today, The Washington Post goes to some lengths to put a good face on the Duelfer report about Iraq's phantom weapons of <$NoAd$>mass destruction.

One interesting passage notes what we might call the geopolitical educational benefits of the invasion ...

As long as Saddam Hussein remained in power and refused to cooperate fully with the United Nations, there could have been no certainty about his weapons. Mr. Bush had to decide whether the risks of invading outweighed those of standing pat without knowing for sure what U.S. forces would find in Iraq or what would happen once they were there.

Because Mr. Bush chose to act, we know what capabilities Iraq did -- and did not -- possess, and we've learned how difficult it is to occupy and attempt to reconstruct that country.


So, it is only thanks Mr. Bush's decision to invade that we can now have the certainty we do about how wrong he was about Iraqi WMD.

Similarly, Bush's decision to invade has gained us invaluable new insights into urban guerilla warfare and how badly an occupation can go wrong.

I think I now have a better understanding of what the president and his supporters mean when they call Iraq a 'catastrophic success.'

Nice to know everyones

Nice to know everyone's got their priorities in order.

According to this morning's Post, in response to an "increasingly high-profile Virginia gun rights group whose members have taken to wearing firearms on their hips in public places to make their case", the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has agreed to ease the "overly restrictive rules" about bringing firearms to National and Dulles Airport.

Fly on the wall

Fly on the wall envy ...

On Tuesday—the same day after Bremer’s critical remarks were made public by The Washington Post—he received no fewer than three calls from top White House officials asking for an explanation, NEWSWEEK has learned. National-security adviser Condoleezza Rice, chief of staff Andrew Card and Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby all spoke to Bremer to make sure his comments were being reported accurately. One Bush official said Libby called from the road because Cheney was about to go into a debate with Democratic nominee John Edwards in Ohio, and it was obvious he would be asked about the Bremer remarks. Rice, he said, called for a similar reason—she was doing television interviews.


Pitiful.

Read the rest here.

Fred Kaplan on how

Fred Kaplan on how the White House conned the cable networks into live broadcasting one of his stump speeches -- and what it means.

In Newsweek Isikoff and

In Newsweek, Isikoff and Hosenball run down the litany of Vice President Cheney's misstatements, falsehoods and efforts to rewrite history from Tuesday night's debate.

In a quarter century-plus of quadrennial presidential debates, has any candidate uttered even half as many falsehoods, fibs and lies as Cheney did Tuesday night?

Don't even think of it in partisan terms. Just on the merits. Can anyone think of any of them who even comes close?

As we noted at

As we noted at great length back in 2002, former South Dakota congressman John Thune (R-SD) has spent the last few years trying to use bogus charges of voter fraud to get back into elective office.

Now it seems that one of Thune's campaign volunteers -- Thune's nephew -- may be guilty of the real thing.

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