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6:00 PM ET, August 29, 2007


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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A Scandal-Scarred G.O.P. Asks, 'What Next?'  —  Scott Reed, a Republican strategist, was at a dinner in Philadelphia on Monday night when his cellphone and Internet pager began beeping like crazy.  Only later did he learn why.  His party was buzzing with news of a sex scandal involving a Republican United States senator — again.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Gay Patriot:
Senator Craig... For the Love of God... Shut Up!
Discussion: The Corner and The Atlantic Online
Todd Dvorak / Associated Press:
GOP senator says Craig should resign
Discussion: Think Progress and MyDD
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Tucker's Traumatic Bathroom Experience [Steve Clemons]  —  I will avoid today discussion of the reasons why so many men chose to look for sex partners in public bathrooms, gyms, and the like over the last few decades.  Most engaged in this kind of sex would probably have preferred socially supported venues …
Associated Press:
Wyoming leapfrogs Iowa and New Hampshire  —  Wyoming Republicans have jumped to the head of the pack in the US presidential nominating process, moving their caucus to January 5, ahead of even the traditional early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.  —  While the move puts Wyoming …
Discussion: MSNBC
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Wake up America
Los Angeles Times:
Democratic fundraiser is a fugitive in plain sight  —  California authorities have sought businessman Norman Hsu for 15 years.  Since 2004, he has carved out a place of honor raising cash for such candidates as Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  WASHINGTON — For the last 15 years …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Soros-linked group hit with huge fine  —  The Federal Election Commission has fined one of the last cycle's biggest liberal political action committees $775,000 for using unregulated soft money to boost John Kerry and other Democratic candidates during the 2004 elections.
Discussion: The Anchoress, and TIME
David Rising / Associated Press:
Al-Sadr suspends militia activity in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday.
Harry R. Weber / Associated Press:
Former security guard Jewell dies  —  ATLANTA - Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.  —  Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.
NY Daily News:
When Condi went nuclear  —  Condoleezza Rice may be willing to compromise at a Middle East negotiating table - but not at a jewelry counter.  —  Coit Blacker, a Stanford professor who is one of the secretary of state's closest friends, recalls going into a shop where Rice asked to see earrings.
Discussion: Think Progress
Associated Press:
Edwards: Americans should sacrifice their SUVs  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles.  —  The former North Carolina senator told a forum …
Karl / protein wisdom:
The Big Picture(s)  —  In the midst of the still-lingering controversy over the truthiness of The New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist," more than a few people suggested that war supporters, unable to discredit the real bad news coming from Iraq, targeted the Scott Thomas Beauchamp stories as a weak link.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
WEARING THE BLACK FLAG (3)  —  The story began here.  Latest chapter here.  —  Speaking of the Petraeus report....  It seems that those who routinely feed from the various toilets along the left wing information sewer are currently being feel about said upcoming report.  (Not think, mind you, but feel.
Kyle E. Moore / Comments From Left Field:
A Particularly Unhappy Anniversery  —  I think it fitting that my recent interview with Category 5 coauthor Judith Howard occured this week as we settle down to reflect upon the 2nd anniversary of a particularly grim event in our nation's recent history.  I would like to give pause …
Discussion: USA Today and The Reaction
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Bush Wants $50 Billion More for Iraq War  —  Planned Request Signals Confidence That Congress Won't Prevail on Pullout  —  President Bush plans to ask Congress next month for up to $50 billion in additional funding for the war in Iraq, a White House official said yesterday …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Calling Thompson: Come out, come out, whenever..
Barack Obama / Financial Times:
Fine unscrupulous mortgage lenders
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Dr. Martin Luther King / White House:
President Bush Discusses Rebuilding Efforts in New Orleans
Discussion: First Draft
Warren Leary / New York Times:
Astronauts Not Impaired for Missions, NASA Says
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraq's Maliki speaks on government, future
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
More Grit [Jamie]  —  I agree with much of Hilzoy's eloquent essay …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
 Earlier Items: 
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Treat us fairly, Mr. President
Mike Boyer / FP Passport:
Welcome to Baghdad, U.S.A.
Peter Wehner / National Review Online:
The Iraq War Is Redeemable
Discussion: Daily Pundit and PrestoPundit
Dave Kilcullen / SWJ Blog:
Anatomy of a Tribal Revolt
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Census Shows a Modest Rise in U.S. Income
Washington Post:
Bush May Fight for New Attorney General
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
MSNBC Duped By Blog Parody Site