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7:50 PM ET, August 28, 2007


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Craig to Hold Press Conference: Will He Resign?  —  Idaho Republican Is Expected to Discuss His Guilty Plea in Public Restroom Incident  —  Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, is seen during a 2006 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Craig pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, 2007, to misdemeanor disorderly conduct …
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
How Did News Outlets Miss Senator's Arrest for Nearly Three Months?  —  NEW YORK The revelation late Monday that Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested nearly three months ago for allegedly making sexual advances in a men's room raises the issue of how such an action could occur without the press reporting it.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Romney links Craig with Bill Clinton  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  In his interview on CNBC's Kudlow & Company (which will air later this afternoon), Mitt Romney had some sharp words for Sen. Larry Craig, who had endorsed the former Massachusetts governor's presidential campaign and was his Idaho chairman.
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.
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.
Discussion: baldilocks and The Atlantic Online
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 …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Police: Craig was 'agitated, demeaning'  —  Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) "appeared agitated and demeaning" during a follow-up visit to the Minneapolis airport police operations center 11 days after his arrest for lewd conduct in June, according to the arrest report.
Fox News:
Senator Larry Craig: 'I am Not Gay'  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Larry Craig denied Tuesday that he did anything wrong but pleaded for forgiveness from Idahoans after being arrested in June in connection with a police sting operation in lewd conduct in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Matt / Think Progress:
Brownback on Craig: It's 'not good,' 'very odd.'
Discussion: The Right's Field
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Romney Links Craig's Troubles to Foley, Clinton Scandals
Discussion: Norwegianity
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Poverty Rate Declines; Number of Uninsured Rises to 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: The Gavel and Washington Monthly
CNN Political Ticker:
Castro calls Clinton-Obama ticket 'invincible'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Add another name to the list of political observers who think a Clinton-Obama ticket would be unbeatable: Cuban leader Fidel Castro.  —  In an editorial in Cuba's communist party newspaper, Granma, the ailing dictator …
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Castro's tip: Clinton-Obama the winning ticket
Matt / Think Progress:
Fear-mongering Bush warns of Iranian 'nuclear holocaust.'  —  In his speech about Iraq to the American Legion today, President Bush warned that allowing Iran to pursue "technology that could lead to nuclear weapons threatens to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust."
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
White House:
President Bush Addresses the 89th Annual National Convention of the American Legion
Discussion: Wake up America
Frank James / The Swamp:
Firefighters union endorses Dodd  —  The International Association of Fire Fighters Wednesday will endorse Connecticut Sen. Christopher J. Dodd for the presidency, an important boost to his underdog campaign.  —  The 280,000-member union, whose backing was sought by most major candidates …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Fire Fighters to back Dodd in surprise move
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.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
WE'RE FIGHTING AT LEAST THREE OF THEM.  —  When people say that they want to end the war in Iraq, I always want to ask them which war they mean.  There are currently at least three wars, along with several subconflicts, being fought on Iraqi soil.  The first, tragically, is the battle for mastery between Sunni and Shiite.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Outside The Beltway
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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