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2:30 PM ET, August 28, 2007


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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 …
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.
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
More Larry Craig  —  The irony award in all of this goes to the Idaho Values Alliance, for this page, which contains an item praising Larry Craig for his vote on a abortion bill then, just below, includes a "Bonus Byte" warning about homosexual men looking for trysts in airport bathrooms.
The Smoking Gun:
U.S. Senator Gets Flushed
Discussion: The Hill and Blue Mass. Group
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 /
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
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Brian Baird Gets an Earful
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Oregonian:   Crowd pounds Baird's Iraq stance
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  It looks like Major John Cockerham might have some competition for his title as most-crooked contracting official in Iraq.  —  The New York Times reports that a plethora of criminal investigations, all part of a new Pentagon anti-corruption push, are open into what exactly happened to …
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 …
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
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 …
Associated Press:
President Ahmadinejad Says Iran Ready to Fill Power Vacuum in Iraq  —  TEHRAN, Iran — 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 …
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
French Leader Raises Possibility of Force in Iran
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
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
Yoo Cheong-mo /
(3rd LD) Cheong Wa Dae announces agreement with Taliban to release 19 Korean hostages  —  SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea's presidential office said Tuesday that negotiators from the South Korean government and the Taliban reached an agreement to release all of the 19 South Korean hostages still held in Afghanistan.
Washington Post:
Number of Uninsured Americans 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
Robert E. Rector / Heritage Foundation:
How Poor Are America's Poor?  Examining the "Plague" of Poverty in America  —  Poverty is an important and emotional issue.  Last year, the Census Bureau released its annual report on poverty in the United States declaring that there were 37 million poor persons living in this country in 2005 …
Susie Bright / 10 Zen Monkeys:
The D.C. Madam Speaks!  —  Deborah Jeane Palfrey was an experienced madam — that is to say, an escort service manager.  A brothel-keeper whose customers at least chose a different path than Senator Larry Craig — they never had to solicit sex in airport bathrooms.
Discussion: The Agitator
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 …
Discussion: LeatherPenguin
Cal Thomas / Real Clear Politics:
England is Vanishing  —  "There'll Always Be an England" — popular World War II song.  —  BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND — Perhaps there will not always be an England.  An exodus unprecedented in modern times, coupled with a record influx of foreigners, is threatening to erode the character …
Discussion: Moonbattery
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Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Discussion: Althouse
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GottaLaff / Cliff Schecter:
Lieberman as next Attorney General?  —  That's what Marjorie Cohn …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Michael J. Totten:
The Future of Iraq  —  MUSHADAH, IRAQ - "Al Qaeda terrifies locals …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
With Low Ratings, Post Radio Venture To End Next Month
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORNING RANT....In the LA Times today, L.J. Williamson is upset …
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Power Line
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
What to Make of the ADL? [Jamie]
Discussion: Reason Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Our View - Tuesday  —  What a tangled web  —  Excuses for secrecy keep getting weaker
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Edwards criticizes Clinton at presidential forum
Scott Rasmussen / Real Clear Politics:
Media Analysis Is Off on GOP Race
David Streitfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Blight moves in after foreclosures
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Late Nite FDL: Pansies, Perverts, and Pedophiles
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
After Tour of Duty in Iraq, Graham Backs 'Surge'
Discussion: Captain's Quarters