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9:35 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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
WaPo Whacks Wilson
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Marked for death: WaPo calls MediaWhoregate a non-story (Update: Flashback video)
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Heretik and Crooks and Liars
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).
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
Juan Williams / New York Times:
Getting Past Katrina
Discussion: The News Blog and Media Blog
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Glenn Reynolds /   The Honorable Nancy Pelosi  —  Democratic Leader of the House
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Friday Line: U.S. House Races  —  The silly season is upon us.  Television ads are hitting the airwaves, mailboxes are stuffed with direct mail appeals and average voters are beginning to pay attention to the campaign.  —  Volatility is the rule in these finals two months …
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Jobless Rate Dips in August  —  Hiring perked up in August as employers added 128,000 jobs, pulling down the unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, sending a Labor Day message that the economic expansion still has staying power.  —  The latest snapshot, released by the Labor Department Friday …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The full-chested warriors — Up Close and Personal  —  (updated below)  —  When Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were being held by Gaza kidnappers, they were used as solemn symbols of our grand struggle against Islamic fascists.  But ever since they were released …
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
Karol / Alarming News:
R.I.P. Hina Saleem, I will be intolerant in your name  —  "She was simply a daughter who did not obey", said the mother of the 20-year old dead girl, Hina Saleem.  Hina was found buried, with her throat slit, in the garden of her family home in Brescia, Italy.  The "honor" killing has rocked Italy.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Busted by the bloggers
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Heather Havrilesky / Salon:
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