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11:00 AM ET, August 27, 2007

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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Gonzales Resigns as Attorney General  —  ­ Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned.  A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington.
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CNN:
Attorney General Gonzales resigns, officials say  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, senior administration officials told CNN Monday.  —  Many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have long called for his ouster after the firing of several U.S. attorneys in 2006.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Democrats' responsibility in the wake of Gonzales' resignation  —  One of the most blatantly dishonest political hacks ever to occupy the position of U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, has now resigned.  This is a real moment of truth for the Democratic Congress.
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns  —  Embattled Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has resigned from his post, according to an administration official, ending a controversial cabinet tenure that included clashes with Congress over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and the nature of efforts to spy on U.S. citizens.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Gonzales Presser At 10:30 am ET  —  A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 am ET at the DOJ for the Alberto Gonzales resignation.  CNN reports that President Bush will be making a live statement at 11:30 am ET this morning from Waco, TX.  (Anyone know if Chertoff is in Waco for some reason this morning?)
Think Progress:
BREAKING: Alberto Gonzales Resigns  —  The New York Times reports Alberto Gonzales will announce his resignation later this morning: … U.S. News reported this weekend, "The buzz among top Bushies is that beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally plans to depart and will be replaced …
Discussion: Open Left and MSNBC
CNN Political Ticker:
Senior admin. officials: Chertoff likely to get nod  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush will likely nominate Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, senior administration officials told CNN Monday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Wire:
Lunch and a Resignation Letter in Crawford
Discussion: postpolitical
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
US Attorney General Gonzales resigns
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
MSNBC:   Gonzales has resigned as attorney general
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Alberto Gonzales Resigns As Attorney General
Discussion: The Raw Story
Guardian:
US pressure forces Iraq reconciliation  —  Ian Black, Middle East editor and Ed Pilkington  —  Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, and fellow leaders in the country have reached consensus on key areas of national reconciliation, under mounting US pressure to demonstrate political progress …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and The Agonist
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Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
Iraqi Leaders Reach Accord On Prisoners, Ex-Baathists
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Too Sense
Reuters:
Iraq's leaders agree on key U.S. benchmarks
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq's Maliki lashes out at critics
Discussion: The Corner
Neo-Neocon / Pajamas Media:
FINESSING THE SURGE  —  Some Democrats are scrambling to re-position themselves on the surge in Iraq, and Neo-Neocon is watching them while pondering the contrast with another war and another ending.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  Some Democrats in Congress were for the Iraq war before they were against it.
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Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Democrats and Iraq: A War the US Might Just Win
Discussion: PSoTD
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraqi insurgents taking cut of U.S. rebuilding money  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's deadly insurgent groups have financed their war against U.S. troops in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. rebuilding funds that they've extorted from Iraqi contractors in Anbar province.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party  —  Two larger-than-life politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan, charged into the California governor's office with the help of young voters, many of whom were drawn to the Republican Party by a message of sunny optimism.
Carolynne Wheeler / Telegraph:
Palestinians back caliphate over politics  —  By day, they are the middle class, putting in days as mild-mannered teachers, factory supervisors and office clerks.  —  But by night, the growing number of supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Islamic fundamentalists who reject modern democracy …
Discussion: TigerHawk, Weasel Zippers and Solomonia
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Pinning Hopes On Rural Voters  —  Campaign of Edwards, a Southerner, Sees an Advantage With White Men  —  BERLIN, N.H. — When a woman in the crowd shouted a question about education testing here on Saturday, former senator John Edwards made a casual farming quip.
Jo Becker / New York Times:
As Counsel, Thompson Walked Capital's Fine Line  —  The Reagan administration was only a few months old when it faced a major test: Senators were calling for the head of the president's new director of central intelligence, and no one knew if he would survive their investigation …
Discussion: MSNBC and race42008.com
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
U.S. sponsors Islamic convention  —  The Justice Department is co-sponsoring a convention held by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) — an unindicted co-conspirator in an ongoing federal terrorist funding case — a move that is raising concerns among the Justice's rank and file.
M Wolf / Economists' forum:
This is where Fannie and Freddie step in  —  Over the past 20 years major financial disruptions have taken place roughly every three years, starting with the 1987 stock market crash; the Savings & Loans collapse and credit crunch of the early 1990s; the 1994 Mexican crisis …
 
 
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Michael Yon:
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Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
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The Atlantic Online:
Change In Thompson Press Team Signals Power Of New Campaign Manager
Discussion: MSNBC
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PENSION $TINK HAS ANOTHER LINK
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
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Safety fears over new register of all children
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
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Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
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Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
"Let's Twist Again": Right-wing Bloggers Smear HuffPost
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE SHOE DROPS  —  Finally, unexpectedly, out of the blue even …
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
They wait for us to run again
Associated Press:
British move out of Basra police center, Shiite militia moves it