Friday, September 12, 2008

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today's papers
Militant vs. PredatorBy Daniel PolitiPosted Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at 6:45 AM ET
The Los Angeles Times leads with word that the Bush administration is sending Predator aircraft "equipped with sophisticated new surveillance systems" to target militants inside Pakistan. This new technology was apparently a key weapon in the fight against Iraqi insurgents and now drones with this special equipment are being pulled from other areas and sent to help out in Pakistan. This is yet another example of how the Bush administration has decided to pursue more unilateral attacks in Pakistan instead of trying to cooperate with the Pakistani government.
The Washington Post and New York Times lead with news that Lehman Brothers has put up a for sale sign, only a day after the investment bank was busy insisting that it could continue to operate by itself. The WP emphasizes that the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department are helping Lehman deal with its problems and are actively talking to potential buyers. Government officials are hoping that a sale can be completed before Asian markets open on Monday. USA Today and the Wall Street Journal's world-wide newsbox lead with Hurricane Ike, which is expected to hit just south of Houston sometime tonight or tomorrow morning. Forecasters predict the storm will get stronger before hitting Texas' Gulf Coast as a Category 3 h urricane and government officials have ordered the evacuation of many low-lying areas along the coast.
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