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1:50 AM ET, August 17, 2007


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Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Padilla convicted of terrorism support  —  MIAMI - Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted Thursday of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to clamp down on terrorism.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Jose Padilla Convicted on All Counts in Terror Trial  —  In a major victory for the Bush administration, a federal jury here found Jose Padilla guilty on terrorism conspiracy charges Thursday after little more than a day of deliberations.  —  Mr. Padilla, one of the first Americans to be named an …
Discussion: Pottersville and Truthdig
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
The menticide of Jose Padilla
Discussion: Liberty Street, Salon and The Agonist
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Padilla Found Guilty on All Counts in Terror Case
Democracy Now:   EXCLUSIVE: An Inside Look at How U.S. Interrogators Destroyed …
New York Times:
Notes Detail Visit to Ashcroft's Hospital Room  —  John Ashcroft was "barely articulate," "feeble" and "clearly stressed" as he sat in a hospital room chair in March 2004 when top White House aides unsuccessfully tried to persuade him, as the Attorney General, to sign an extension …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Director's Notes Contradict Gonzales's Version Of Ashcroft Visit  —  Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was "feeble," "barely articulate" and "stressed" moments after a hospital room confrontation in March 2004 with Alberto R. Gonzales, who wanted Ashcroft to approve …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
PICKERING TO RESIGN FROM CONGRESS  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., is announcing he's resigning from Congress to work on K Street, becoming the latest House Republican to either vacate his seat or decide not to seek re-election in 2008.
James L. / Swing State Project:
MS-03: With Floodgates Open, Pickering Retires (Updated)
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Laura Hipp / Clarion-Ledger:
Rep. Pickering not seeking re-election
Discussion: The Politico
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush's daughter, Jenna, engaged  —  CRAWFORD, Texas - Is a White House wedding in the works?  Jenna Bush, one of President Bush's twin daughters, is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend, Henry Hager, the White House announced Thursday.  —  Asked if the two were getting married …
CNN Political Ticker:
Jenna Bush engaged
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Bluey Blog
Nic Fleming / Telegraph:
'We have broken speed of light'  —  A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light - an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.  —  According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would require an infinite amount of energy …
Poll: Majority mistrustful of upcoming Iraq report  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A majority of Americans don't trust the upcoming report by the Army's top commander in Iraq on the progress of the war and even if they did, it wouldn't change their mind, according to a new poll.
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Iraqi women: Prostituting ourselves to feed our children  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The women are too afraid and ashamed to show their faces or have their real names used.  They have been driven to sell their bodies to put food on the table for their children — for as little as $8 a day.
Rasmussen Reports:
In Surge, Giuliani Now Tops Clinton by Seven Points  —  After being virtually tied with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for several months, Republican contender Rudy Giuliani now leads Clinton up 47% to 40% in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Peter Keepnews / New York Times:
Max Roach, a Founder of Modern Jazz, Dies at 83  —  Max Roach, a founder of modern jazz who rewrote the rules of drumming in the 1940's and spent the rest of his career breaking musical barriers and defying listeners' expectations, died early today in Manhattan.  He was 83.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
'DIEBOLD ELECTION SYSTEMS, INC.' IS NO MORE!  (At Least in Name)  — By Brad Friedman from St. Louis, MO...  Diebold Elections Systems, Inc. is no more.  At least in name.  —  After a year and a half of conversely trying to dump their failed voting unit and/or lying to customers …
Mark Finkelstein /
MSNBC Newsroom Booed Bush State of the Union  —  UPDATE: Joe and Mika discuss this NB item.  See below.  —  Joe Scarborough has pulled back the curtain on the liberal bias at MSNBC, describing an incident in which people in its newsroom ceaselessly booed President Bush during a State of the Union address.
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Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Hotel mistakes Nobel laureate for bag lady
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Richardson Aide Quits After Brothel Link Discovery
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Tuesday NH primary likely
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
An embarrassed Fox News hits Wikipedia
Discussion: Think Progress
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Real ID: Anti-terror tool or Big Brother?
Discussion: Making Light and Pandagon
Associated Press:
Man kissed ailing wife, threw her off balcony, prosecutors say
 Earlier Items: 
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Invasion of the Cheney Snatchers
New York Times:
Dow Drops 340 Points, Then Recovers Losses
Abu Aardvark:
Iraq's emergency political summit fails
Jeff Ferrell / KSLA-TV:
Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared
Randall Hoven / American Thinker:
It's Not Just Scott Beauchamp
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
The T-Bill Message for Bush & Bernanke