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1:55 PM ET, August 31, 2006


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Associated Press:
Boyle Included In Nominees for Appeals Court  —  Bucking opposition in the Senate, President Bush on Wednesday nominated five people for the U.S. Court of Appeals, including one whom Democrats have threatened to block with a filibuster.  —  News that Bush had decided to nominate …
Associated Press:
Laura Bush hails Burns' record  —  BELGRADE - First lady Laura Bush campaigned for U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns here Wednesday, calling the Republican a strong advocate for Montana farmers and families.  —  "In Washington, Senator Burns is a respected voice on the issues facing rural communities …
Discussion: Left in the West
Is a Dem Also Holding Up the Porkbusting Bill?  —  There's a loose thread to this "secret hold" story, and it bothers us.  —  By this morning, the dogged persistence of hundreds of bloggers and blogreaders garnered denials from 98 senators saying they did not hold up the Coburn/Obama spending transparency database bill.
Nancy Zuckerbrod / Associated Press:
Frist expected to get medical board fine
Washington Post:
Bush Team Casts Foes as Defeatist  —  President Bush and his surrogates are launching a new campaign intended to rebuild support for the war in Iraq by accusing the opposition of aiming to appease terrorists and cut off funding for troops on the battlefield, charges that many Democrats say distort their stated positions.
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann Delivers One Hell Of a Commentary on Rumsfeld  —  Keith had some very choice words about Rumsfeld's "fascism" comments tonight.  Watch it, save it and share it.  —  Olbermann delivered this commentary with fire and passion while highlighting how Rumsfeld's comments echoes …
This Is London:
PRESIDENT BUSH 'ASSASSINATED' IN NEW TV DOCUDRAMA  —  This is the dramatic moment when President George Bush is gunned down by a sniper after a public address at a hotel, in a gripping new docudrama soon to be aired on TV.  —  Set around October 2007, President Bush is assassinated as he leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.
Los Angeles Times:
State on Verge of Greenhouse Gas Restrictions  —  The Senate votes to slash emissions 25%, the first such action in the nation.  Business groups are angry, but the governor is on board.  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on a plan to cut …
Discussion: TAPPED and Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
California Pact Would Place Cap On Emissions  —  Anti-Global-Warming Effort  —  Faces Business Opposition;  —  A Split With Washington  —  California, the nation's most populous state and a longtime bellwether on environmental policy, will impose the first broad cap in the U.S …
Discussion: The RBC
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
GLOBAL WARMING....California is on the verge of passing a law …
Hartford Courant:
Helen Ubiñas  —  Liebermont Bickering Gets Old  —  A little advice for Joe Lieberman's new communications director, Dan Gerstein: Think about the "good stuff," buddy.  —  Gerstein was downright chafed when I called him about the New Age-y Lieberman ad that urges folks to step away …
Pinocchio and friends converted to Islam  —  Malcolm Moore in Antalya  —  Pinocchio, Tom Sawyer and other characters have been converted to Islam in new versions of 100 classic stories on the Turkish school curriculum.  —  "Give me some bread, for Allah's sake," Pinocchio says to Geppetto …
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
No Day at the Beach  —  Bloggers Struggle With What to Do About Vacation  —  A banner stripped across the top of the Daily Dish declares that the popular Web log's host, Andrew Sullivan, has "gone fishing."  Mr. Sullivan declared a two-week vacation and opted to leave his political blog behind.
William M. Welch / USA Today:
Pentagon sees risk in troops' loan debt  —  'Payday' lenders prey on military, report says  —  As many as one in five members of the armed services are being preyed on by loan centers set up near military bases that can charge cash-strapped military families interest of 400% or more, a new Pentagon report has found.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Positive Press on Iraq Is Aim of U.S. Contract  —  U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.
Andrew Rosenthal / New York Times:
There Is Silence in the Streets; Where Have All the Protesters Gone?  —  It was almost painful the other night to hear Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sing about a war whose purpose Americans never really understood, started by a president who didn't tell the truth and then waged the war ineptly.
Mercury News:
Cousin: Rampage driver became enraged after argument with mother  —  The arguments began over the weekend.  Omeed Popal begged his father for permission to return to Afghanistan to be with his new bride.  —  The tension heightened Tuesday morning when his mother, like his father, refused to let him go.
Justin Logan / American Prospect:
Mind the Gap  —  Democratic voters have unambiguously repudiated the Bush doctrine.  The same can't be said for Democratic foreign policy elites.  —  It is becoming increasingly obvious that Democrats have a stronger grasp on national security issues than do Republicans.  Democratic voters, at least.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Ohio to Delay Destruction of Presidential Ballots  —  With paper ballots from the 2004 presidential election in Ohio scheduled to be destroyed next week, the secretary of state in Columbus, under pressure from critics, said yesterday that he would move to delay the destruction at least for several months.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
Jeff Greenfield / CNN:
Game over on the Plame leak?  Maybe not  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — There's a new twist to a controversy that has been roiling the political waters for more than three years.  —  This week numerous news organizations, including CNN, have identified former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage …
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Gingrich: Powerful Pelosi 'would be a disaster'
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Lebanese PM: Aid won't go to Hezbollah
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Tweaking of 'No Child' Seen
Hizbullah: We're arming for second round
Discussion: and Jihad Watch
Terrence Pell / Opinion Journal:
By Any Means Necessary  —  A federal judge plays politics in Michigan.
Discussion: The Corner and GOP Bloggers
Opinion Journal:
Back to the Congressional Future  —  Let's think about how the Democrats would govern.
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Bush Shifting Public Focus to Terrorism and Iraq War
John Lehman / Washington Post:
We're Not Winning This War  —  Despite Some Notable Achievements …
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George Soros / Boston Globe:
Blinded by a concept  —  THE FAILURE OF Israel to subdue …
Hizbullah presents: How to recruit children
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
U.S. military sees Iran's nuke bomb 5 years away
Discussion: Air America Radio
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
KEEP MY SKIN OUT OF IT.  Yesterday, I went to Cato to see right …
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty and Sirotablog
Uncle / PunditGuy:
The Terrorists' Next Tool in the Skies - Approved by the FAA!
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Taxpayers pay for Bush's campaign travel
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Sacrificing truth on the altar of diversity
Rachael Ray / KIRO-TV:
National Guardsman Brutally Attacked In Pierce County