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2:35 AM ET, September 2, 2006


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Yahoo! News:
Number of Republicans declines to 32-month low  —  The number of Americans calling themselves Republican has fallen to its lowest level in more than two-and-a-half years.  Just 31.9% of American adults now say they're affiliated with the GOP.  That's down from 37.2% in October 2004 and 34.5% at the beginning of 2006.
USA Today:
GOP lags in key races for Senate  —  As the Labor Day weekend launches a final nine weeks of campaigning, USA TODAY/Gallup Polls in five key states show Democrats poised to gain Senate seats but facing an uphill battle to regain control.  —  Democrats seem more likely to carry the House …
Rasmussen Reports:
Minnesota Senate: In Competitive Race, Klobuchar Still Leads  —  Klobuchar 47% Kennedy (R) 40%  —  Though the Kennedy campaign has been throwing everything they've got at the DFL candidate, county attorney Amy Klobuchar is maintaining her edge in the race for U.S. Senate, now besting Republican Mark Kennedy 47% to 40% (see crosstabs).
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Pentagon Releases Grim Report on Iraq  —  Iraqi casualties soared by more than 50 percent during the roughly three-month period ending in early August, the product of spiraling sectarian clashes and a Sunni-based insurgency that remains "potent and viable," the Pentagon noted today in an comprehensive assessment of security in Iraq.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Pentagon Cites Spike In Violence in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
The Path to 9/11  —  Starring Harvey Keitel, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Benyaer, Shirley Douglas, Patricia Heaton  —  The miniseries will take viewers behind closed doors at the CIA, the FBI and the White House and into the world of Richard Clarke, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice …
Michelle Malkin:
Remembering the Beslan massacre  —  This is the two-year anniversary of the mass murder of 186 schoolchildren and 158 adults at Beslan's School No. 1 in North Ossetia, Russia.  Memorials for the victims are being held all day.  Blogger Sirius remembers in pictures.  There's a movie in the works.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Beslan: Truther edition
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Interceptor downs missile in test over Pacific  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military shot down a target ballistic missile over the Pacific on Friday in the widest test of its emerging antimissile shield in 18 months, the Defense Department announced.  —  The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency …
John Dickerson / Slate:
Rudy Hits the Campaign Trail  —  IS GIULIANI VICIOUS ENOUGH TO WIN THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION?  —  With the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to check up on Rudy Giuliani.  He is the last remaining political action figure from that tragedy …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Baseball Crank
Oscar Avila / Chicago Tribune:
Why this immigrant rights march is brought to you by Miller  —  Marchers had to duck into fast-food restaurants for water when they first took to Chicago's streets in support of illegal immigrants five months ago.  At the next two marches, family-owned grocery stores offered free bottled water from trucks emblazoned with their names.
Little Green Footballs:
International Committee of the Red Cross is Covering Up Evidence  —  As reported here last Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross had formerly made available on their web site a high resolution photograph of the ambulance supposedly hit by an Israeli missile.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Israel Finds and Collapses Tunnel Beneath Gaza  —  KARNI TERMINAL, ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — The Israeli Defense Forces found and collapsed a 200 meter-long and 12 meter-deep tunnel one kilometer inside the Gaza Strip that terrorists intended to reach all the way into Israel.
Felix Doligosa Jr. / Rocky Mountain News:
Saudi gets long sentence  —  Man was convicted of sexual assaults on housekeeper  —  CENTENNIAL - Sniffles and sobs resonated in a packed courtroom Thursday as a Saudi man convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison.
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel and Wizbang
David Johnston / New York Times:
New Questions About Inquiry in C.I.A. Leak  —  An enduring mystery of the C.I.A. leak case has been solved in recent days, but with a new twist: Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, knew the identity of the leaker from his very first day in the special counsel's chair …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Bill Allison / Sunlight Foundation:
Catalog of Ted Stevens' Actions That Have Benefitted Clients of Ben Stevens  —  From the miracle of Nexis comes this list compiled by Chuck Neubauer, Judy Pasternak and Richard T. Cooper of the Los Angeles Times in June 2003 of Sen. Ted Stevens official actions in the U.S. Senate that have benefited …
Glenn Reynolds /
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi  —  Democratic Leader of the House  —  Washington, D.C. 20515  —  Dear Representative Pelosi,  —  I was concerned about comments attributed to you in the media about the remarks I recently made to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Discussion: Dean's World and Oliver Willis
Business Week:
Nightmare Mortgages  —  They promise the American Dream: A home of your own — with ultra-low rates and payments anyone can afford.  Now, the trap has sprung  —  For cash-strapped homeowners, it was a pitch they couldn't refuse: Refinance your mortgage at a bargain rate and cut your payments in half.
Discussion: The News Blog, Daily Kos and The RBC
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Perfect Storm for the Poor  —  In Income Data, Something More Damaging Than Katrina  —  After a week of remembering the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, the most depressing realization is how easily our leaders forgot their fervent promises to lift up our nation's poorest citizens.
Discussion: TAPPED and The Mahablog
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Discussion: Power Line and Andrew Sullivan
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Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Chicago Tribune:
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Heather Havrilesky / Salon:
9/11 hits TV  —  On Sept. 11, 2001, millions of Americans watched …
Karol / Alarming News:
R.I.P. Hina Saleem, I will be intolerant in your name
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Jobless Rate Dips in August
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Bush's 'assassination' as entertainment
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