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The Rundown - September 13

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Sunday Talk Show Round-up

# A summary with key quotes
# "This Week" interviews Imam Feifal Abdul Rauf and Austan Goolsbee
# "Face The Nation" interviews John Boehner
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Peter Orzag
# The analysis of Shields and Brooks
# Stephen Colbert interviews Vice President Joe Biden

9/11 Anniversary
# The Taliban issued a statement
# "Even Now, Muslims Must Have Faith In America" - Tariq Ramadan, "The Washington Post"
# "Post-9/11, We're Safer Than We Think" - Fareed Zakaria, "The Washington Post"
# "The Talibanization Of America" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "Foreign Policy"

# "The BBC" reports on "dancing boys" in Afghanistan
# "The Washington Post" reports on the Ulema Council
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on the Afghan government's anti-corruption efforts
# "The National" reports on culture and society in Afghanistan

# Pakistan's PM calls for more international aid for flood relief

# "Iran's Vanity And How To Use It" - Sohail Jannesari, "The Guardian"
# "To Pressure Iran, Squeeze Russia And China" - Gerecht & Dubowitz, "The Wall Street Journal"

# The "Moscow Times" reports on a rift between Dmitry Medvedev and Yury Luzhkov
# "You Can't Innovate By Decree" - Ian Pryde, "Moscow Times"
# Vladimir Putin jokes about ruling until he's 120

Of Interest
# "The National" reports on al-Qaeda in Iraq
# Voters have approved constitutional changes in Turkey
# "Assessing The Terrorist Threat" [44 pages, PDF] - Peter Bergen & Bruce Hoffman
# "Moldova's Election Set Back" - Dinu Toderascu, "Real Clear World"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. has extended its lease at the Manas Air Field in Kyrgyzstan
# "New York Magazine" profiles John Stewart
# "The New Yorker" interviews Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
# "Inside America's Mosques" - Akbar Ahmed, "Foreign Policy"
# "A Strategy For Afghanistan" - John Chipman, "International Herald Tribune"
# "High-Level Doubts On Afghanistan" - Doyle McManus, "LA Times"

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