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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sources: Thompson announcement on Sept. 6  —  Fred Thompson's campaign-in-waiting will hold a 4 p.m. conference call today with supporters to brief them on plans for the former Tennessee senator's presidential announcement next week, according to an e-mail obtained by Politico.com.
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Rick Klein / Associated Press:
Analysis: Has Fred Thompson Waited Too Long?  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson's Reluctance to Jump Into '08 Race May Have Cost Him Momentum  —  He was primed to be the summer's big blockbuster and the script was written in advance: A dispirited party finds its great hope in a swashbuckling Southern senator …
Redstate:
That Pesky non-Announcement ANNOUNCEMENT
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Chemical Weapons Scare at U.N. Headquarters  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous chemical warfare agent, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York, federal authorities tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
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ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Nerve gas found at United Nations building  —  Six to eight vials discovered  —  ABCNews has learned that United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York Thursday morning.
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Phosgene from Iraq found in UN office
Michael Graczyk / Associated Press:
Texas governor spares getaway driver  —  HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry accepted a parole board recommendation Thursday to spare condemned inmate Kenneth Foster, the getaway driver in a 1996 murder who had been scheduled for execution within hours.  —  The sentence had drawn protests …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FOOT TAPPING AND BATHROOM CRUISING....Yesterday one of my readers emailed to say he was annoyed by all the ignorant blog commentary emanating from straight young whippersnappers on the subject of Larry Craig's restroom shenanigans in Minnesota: … Today, non-whippersnapper blogger …
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New York Times:
Locked, Loaded and Looney  —  As the Army's suicide rate hits record levels in the Iraq war, there's small wonder practically everyone in Congress wants to deal with the parallel emerging crisis of depressed veterans tempted to take their own lives.  Everyone, that is, except Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma.
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Tony Batt / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Porter ties U.S. withdrawal from Iraq to $9 gasoline  —  Lawmaker reports on his trip to country  —  WASHINGTON — Gasoline prices could rise to about $9 per gallon if the United States withdraws troops from Iraq prematurely, Rep. Jon Porter said he was told on a trip to Iraq that ended this week.
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Petraeus assuages lawmakers' fears over report
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
When Fox News Republicans Lie, Democrats Should Tell The Truth  —  Regarding Karen Hanretty's comments in which she invoked the name of Barry Goldwater while she lied about me:  —  I knew Barry Goldwater.  Barry Goldwater was an authentic conservative who believed in political discourse of honesty and civility.
Time:
Edwards On Track in Iowa  —  John Edwards is betting that a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses will catapult him into national contention, and so far his strategy in the state is on track.  A new TIME poll of likely Iowa caucus goers, taken a week after Edwards' seven-day …
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New York Magazine:
'Post' Homophobia Still Mysteriously Unfunny  —  You know what?  We're getting pretty bored by the New York Post's homophobia.  For a while, we giggled at "Page Six"'s use of archaic adjectives like "swishy" and "limp-wristed" to describe gay subjects.  We tried to find the humor …
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Complete and Total Meltdown  —  I love the military.  I loved every moment that I served my country.  And though I've disagreed very strongly with the civilian leadership there during most of this administration, I hold the Pentagon in high regard and most of the people who work there.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
BUSH VISITS THAT PART OF THE WORLD  —  When my wife was in school in Louisiana, she had a teacher who began a sentence one day with, "When you leave Louisiana and go to America . . ."  —  Now, Louisiana has long been different from the rest of the country, its French and Spanish colonial roots long pre-dating Anglo influence.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Warner to reveal plans tomorrow  —  Sen. John Warner will announce tomorrow at the University of Virginia whether or not he intends to seek a sixth term, according to two top Virginia sources.  Warner is planning a 2 p.m. news conference on the grounds of the Charlottesville, Va., school, where he took his law degree over 50 years ago.
 
 
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