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3:20 PM ET, August 28, 2007

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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT DID SEN. CRAIG ACTUALLY DO?  —  We've had lots of back and forth discussion here internally about what conduct by Sen. Craig in that Minneapolis airport restroom was actually illegal.  We've posted the arrest report, so take a look and reach your own conclusions.  —  Leering stares, foot tapping, a lingering presence.
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Dan Popkey / Idaho Statesman:
Men's room arrest reopens questions about Sen. Larry Craig  —  Idaho senator pleads guilty to disorderly conduct after incident at Minnesota airport that echoes previous allegation of homosexual conduct.  —  Sen. Larry Craig, who in May told the Idaho Statesman he had never engaged in homosexual acts …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CRAIG'S CATCH-22  —  Following up on David's post below on what Craig 'did', I have to imagine this was one of those catch-22s that Craig really had no way out of.  I'm going to assume for the sake of the discussion that the gestures Craig is described as making are ones easily recognizable as soliciting sex.
The Raw Story:
Craig once helped boot GOP senator for harassment  —  When the ethics committee voted to boot Bob Packwood from the Senate for lewd sexual harassment in 1995, Sen. Larry Craig lamented the difficult decision, but called it "the right one."  —  After Packwood resigned the next day, Craig …
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Big Source of Clinton's Cash Is an Unlikely Address  —  Family's Donations  —  Closely Track Those  —  Of Top Fund-Raiser  —  DALY CITY, Calif. — One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.
Jmapes / OregonLive.com:
Vancouverites vent at Baird  —  For more than three hours Monday night, Rep. Brian Baird was verbally flogged by hundreds of his constituents for no longer supporting the quick withdrawal of troops from Iraq.  —  More than 500 people packed a high school auditorium in Vancouver while another 175 or so were unable to get inside.
Discussion: Think Progress and Wake up America
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PETRAEUS REPORT....The Washington Post reports that Gen. David Petraeus managed to get the recent intelligence assessment of Iraq toned down: … This reminds me of something.  I don't remember if I've ever blogged about this before, but until recently my guess was that Petraeus's September report to Congress would be pretty sober.
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
House to Hold Hearings on Two New Reports on Iraq  —  The House will hold hearings next week on two key reports assessing political and military conditions in Iraq, jump-starting the debate over President Bush's strategy even before long-awaited testimony by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus …
The Raw Story:
US PREPARING 'MASSIVE' MILITARY ATTACK AGAINST IRAN: STUDY  —  The United States has the capacity for and may be prepared to launch without warning a massive assault on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, as well as government buildings and infrastructure, using long-range bombers and missiles, according to a new analysis.
Newsweek:
Counterterror chief on al-Qaida's plans  —  The head of the National Counterterrorism Center speaks out on Al Qaeda's plans, America's readiness—and the nature of the war on terror.  —  Retired Vice Admiral John Scott Redd, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, says …
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Republican Repression?  Not likely.  —  Why is it that Republicans — Craig, Mark Foley, and David Vitter — are the ones who keep getting caught in sex scandals nowadays?  Yes, there are always Democrats with lurid stories — the Jim McGreeveys, Gary Harts and Barney Franks of the world …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Faiz / Think Progress:
Former H.W. Bush justice appointee 'looking very good.'  —  NBC reports the latest speculation on Gonzales' successor: "Per a source close to the White House, ex-Deputy Attorney General George J. Terwilliger III is 'looking very good' to replace Alberto Gonzales.
Discussion: MSNBC, The Sideshow and Democrats.com
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
MSNBC, CNBC REFUSE TO RUN PRO-WAR ADS  —  We wrote here about the television commercials that Freedom's Watch has produced, featuring veterans and their families, that urge Congress and the public to continue supporting the Iraq war.  The commercials are well done, and convey the simple message …
Washington Post:
Poverty Rate Declines; Number of Uninsured Hits Record High  —  The nation's poverty rate declined for the first time this decade, but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record high of 47 million in 2006, according to Census figures released today.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Gavel
GottaLaff / Cliff Schecter:
Lieberman as next Attorney General?  —  That's what Marjorie Cohn is saying on The Thom Hartmann Show.  The talk started a few hours ago, from what they're saying.  (not that it didn't occur to any of us earlier, but it's going around now) Per Cohn:  — It would stop the Senate investigations dead in their tracks.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran Prepared to Fill Iraq Power Vacuum  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Tuesday that a power vacuum is imminent in Iraq and said that Iran was ready to help fill the gap.  —  "The political power of the occupiers is collapsing rapidly," Ahmadinejad …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Top Ten South Park Episodes Of All-Time  —  Honorable Mention) Episode Title: Lice Capades  —  Season: 11  —  Summary: When a breakout of headlice hits South Park Elementary, Ms. Garrison refuses to say which child brought the plague to the school.  So, Cartman takes it upon himself …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
 
 
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Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Castro's tip: Clinton-Obama the winning ticket
Discussion: CALIFORNIA YANKEE
Associated Press:
Ford gets 5 1/2 years for bribery conviction in Waltz probe
USA Today:
Sen. Tim Johnson to discuss recovery with Bob Woodruff on ABC's Nightline
Richard Weizel / The Connecticut Post Online:
Town Council drops pants ordinance
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Speaking of cheap jokes...
Associated Press:
Manuel Noriega Can Be Extradited to France Upon Release From U.S …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
HILL EYES NATIONAL CIG CURB
Discussion: Althouse
Michael J. Totten:
The Future of Iraq  —  MUSHADAH, IRAQ - "Al Qaeda terrifies locals …
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Susie Bright / 10 Zen Monkeys:
The D.C. Madam Speaks!
Discussion: The Agitator
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORNING RANT....In the LA Times today, L.J. Williamson is upset …
CNN:
Taliban: Korean hostages to be released
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
HE'S A FIGHTER  —  HOW ODIERNO IS BUILDING PEACE
Cal Thomas / Real Clear Politics:
England is Vanishing  —  "There'll Always Be an England" — popular World War II song.
Discussion: Moonbattery
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
What to Make of the ADL? [Jamie]
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Robert E. Rector / Heritage Foundation:
How Poor Are America's Poor?  Examining the "Plague" of Poverty in America
David Streitfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Blight moves in after foreclosures