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9:35 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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CNN:
Sources: Craig resignation likely soon  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Several well-placed GOP sources in Washington and Idaho have told CNN that embattled Republican Sen. Larry Craig is likely to resign soon, possibly as early as Friday.  —  A GOP source with knowledge of the situation told CNN's Dana Bash …
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ABCNEWS:
TRANSCRIPT: Police Interview With Sen. Larry Craig
Discussion: The American Pundit
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Audio of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest
Discussion: The Swamp, New York Times and Macsmind
KTFT:   KTVB obtains audio of Craig's arrest interview
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Panel Will Urge Broad Overhaul of Iraqi Police  —  An independent commission established by Congress to assess Iraq's security forces will recommend remaking the 26,000-member national police force to purge it of corrupt officers and Shiite militants suspected of complicity in sectarian killings …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
"WE SHOULD START OVER"....Another draft report has been leaked to the press, this one a detailed look at the Iraqi police force in the wake of 2006's "year of the police": … This is becoming a comedy of the absurd.  Scrap the Iraqi police force?  Start over from scratch?  Is this a joke?
Discussion: Eschaton
Associated Press:
BREAKING NEWS: Polk judge rules against gay marriage ban  —  A Polk County judge on Thursday struck down Iowa's law banning gay marriage.  —  The ruling by Judge Robert Hanson concluded that the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered the Polk County recorder …
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David Pitt / Associated Press:
Judge: Same-sex couples can wed in Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.  —  Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Thompson to make White House bid official next week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Fred Thompson ended the suspense on Thursday and said he would formally launch his 2008 run for the White House next week with a webcast and a five-day tour of early voting states.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid Opens Door to Pact With Antiwar Republicans  —  LAS VEGAS — Saying the coming weeks will be "one of the last opportunities" to alter the course of the war, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he is now willing to compromise with Republicans to find ways to limit troop deployments in Iraq.
New York Times:
Democrats Turn From Big Donor Who's Fugitive  —  From $62,000 for Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York, to $10,000 for the Tennessee Democratic Party, the full extent of fund-raising by Norman Hsu came into focus yesterday, as campaigns across the country began returning his money in light of revelations that he is a fugitive in a fraud case.
TigerHawk:
Defining diplomacy down  —  Finally, George W. Bush has secured the support of the "traditional ally" most favored by the American left.  You would think the New York Times would be delighted.  You would be wrong.  —  Nicholas Sarkozy, George W. Bush, the editors of the New York Times …
Discussion: New York Times
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
What Women Want  —  How the GOP can woo the ladies.  —  Hillary has herself.  Barack has Oprah.  John Edwards has his wife, Elizabeth.  And what secret weapon do Republican presidential candidates have to curry the all-important "women's vote"?  —  (Cue silence.)
The Nation:
Secret Report: Corruption is "Norm" Within Iraqi Government  —  As Congress prepares to receive reports on Iraq from General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and readies for a debate on George W. Bush's latest funding request of $50 billion for the Iraq war …
Discussion: The Reaction
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
US Embassy Report: Iraq Gov't Way Corrupt
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Times of London:
How life returned to the streets in a showpiece city that drove out al-Qaeda  —  An American 'martyr' is being hailed in the Sunni Triangle for restoring peace to a town where soldiers now fight only water leaks  —  Watch Martin Fletcher's report from Ramadi
CTV.ca:
Taliban vows more abductions as hostages freed  —  The seven remaining South Korean hostages taken captive last July by the Taliban have been released, and insurgents have vowed they will abduct more foreigners.  —  "We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Bush Will Offer Relief for Some on Home Loans  —  President Bush, in his first response to families hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, plans to announce several steps Friday to help Americans who have credit problems meet the rising cost of their housing loans, administration officials said Thursday.
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Where Bush went wrong, by Sharansky  —  Former minister Natan Sharansky, whose book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror has inspired US President George W. Bush, gives Bush a "C" grade for implementing his vision.
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Chicago Boyz
New York Times:
More Realism, Less Spin  —  A new report from Congress's investigative arm provides a powerful fresh dose of nonpartisan realism about Iraq as President Bush tries to spin people into thinking that significant — or at least sufficient — progress is being made.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Describe 'Being Slimed in the Green Zone'  —  The sheets of paper seemed to be everywhere the lawmakers went in the Green Zone, distributed to Iraqi officials, U.S. officials and uniformed military of no particular rank.  So when Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) …
Discussion: Rising Hegemon and Palousitics
 
 
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Dennis Shanahan / The Australian:
Surge working: top US general
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Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Historic fall in home prices
Discussion: ParaPundit
Robert Selna / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off
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Agence France Presse:
Thai PM says peace talks fruitless in Muslim south
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
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