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12:30 PM ET, September 1, 2006

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Washington Post:
End of an Affair  —  WE'RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
An Exclamation Point On The Plame Denouement
Discussion: Redstate
Associated Press:
FBI searches offices of Alaska lawmakers  —  Legislators targeted in five locations as part of 'pending investigation'  —  JUNEAU, Alaska - Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.
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Anchorage Daily News:
FBI raids legislative offices  —  Agents are quiet on purpose of Alaska investigation; Veco is named in the warrants  —  Federal agents swarmed legislative offices around the state Thursday, executing search warrants in a coordinated series of raids that appeared to target …
Discussion: Redstate and Sunlight Foundation
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Education Dept. Shared Student Data With F.B.I.  —  The Federal Education Department shared personal information on hundreds of student loan applicants with the Federal Bureau of Investigation across a five-year period that began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agencies said yesterday.
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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 …
Donald H. Rumsfeld / Los Angeles Times:
New Enemies Demand New Thinking  —  The secretary of Defense clarifies and expands on what he said in his recent speeches about appeasing extremists.  —  IN THE LAST FEW DAYS I have had the opportunity to speak at the annual conventions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Discussion: TAPPED, The Heretik and Bring it On!
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Hezbollah's 'Victory'  —  "We did not think, even 1 percent, that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude.  You ask me, if I had known on July 11 . . . that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it?  I say no, absolutely not."  —  Hezbollah leader, Aug. 27
Mark Almond / Daily Mail:
What if Bush really was assassinated?  —  Held up by a Secret Service bodyguard in his dying moments after being shot in the stomach, this is President Bush being assassinated.  —  The American leader is surrounded by a crowd of panicking onlookers just seconds after being gunned …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Democrats Target Rumsfeld  —  Lawmakers to Seek a Vote of No Confidence in Defense Secretary  —  Under assault from Republicans on issues of national security, congressional Democrats are planning to push for a vote of no confidence in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this month as part …
New York Times:
In Latest Push, Bush Cites Risk in Quitting Iraq  —  President Bush said Thursday that withdrawing now from Iraq would leave Americans at risk of terrorist attacks "in the streets of our own cities," and he cast the struggle against Islamic extremists as the costly but necessary successor …
Richard Samuelson / The Remedy:
U.N.-Natural Law  —  Glenn Reynolds alerts us to this U.N. Report which denies that there is such a thing as a right to self-defense in international law. … As Reynolds notes, David Hardy shows the pretzels of logic, or perhaps of illogic, that the U.N. needs to make in order to reach that conclusion.
Juan Williams / New York Times:
Getting Past Katrina  —  A YEAR ago this week, the entire nation caught a chilling look in the mirror.  We watched as the citizens of New Orleans, clutching their essential belongings in plastic trash bags, struggled through fetid flood waters in search of shelter.
Discussion: The News Blog
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
GOP kisses up to liberal Chafee  —  Sheldon Whitehouse, Mayor Steve Laffey and incumbent GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee  —  One of the nastier attack ads currently being aired anywhere in the country is being aired here, and is sponsored by the National Republican Senate Committee, the official arm of the GOP majority.
Marc Humbert / Associated Press:
Sen. Clinton Touts Woman for President  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, standing outside an abandoned knitting mill that will become the new home of the National Women's Hall of Fame, said Thursday she hopes America is ready for its first woman president.  —  "It just depends on when and if that happens," the former first lady said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
Susan Tuz / newstimeslive.com:
Politics march into Newtown's parade  —  Democratic Town Committee rescinds accidental invitation to Lieberman, setting off firestorm  —  NEWTOWN — While the Parade Committee sees Monday's Labor Day Parade as a "hometown event," this year it is already bristling with political intrigue.
Discussion: Firedoglake and LamontBlog
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Highly Enriched Uranium Found at Iranian Plant  —  The global nuclear monitoring agency deepened suspicions on Thursday about Iran's nuclear program, reporting that inspectors had discovered new traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian facility.  —  Inspectors have found such uranium …
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Annan: Syria to enforce arms embargo  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria has pledged to step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah.  —  Annan also said that he had asked Syrian President Bashar Assad …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
On the Job, Nursing Mothers Find a 2-Class System  —  When a new mother returns to Starbucks' corporate headquarters in Seattle after maternity leave, she learns what is behind the doors mysteriously marked "Lactation Room."  —  Whenever she likes, she can slip away from her desk and behind those doors …
Discussion: Feministe and Althouse
 
 
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Jules Crittenden / Boston Herald:
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Something Has Gone Horribly, Horribly Wrong
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Burns urges Schweitzer to take steps already taken
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U.S. Muslims Warn of Threat From Within
Josh Brannon / Associated Press:
'Settling accounts,' IDF kills Al Aksa chief in Nablus
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SLHamlet / New World Notes:
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Judd / Think Progress:
Buchanan: 'The Country I Grew Up In' Was '89 or 90 Percent White.
David Warren / Real Clear Politics:
Doing the Enemy's Work
Associated Press:
Defense CEOs doing well since 9/11, study says
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Marianne Fronsdal / Reuters:
Munch's stolen "The Scream" recovered by police
Bill Torpy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Meth bust highlights Mexican groups' influence