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8:15 AM ET, August 29, 2007


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SLATE EDITORS SQUABBLE ABOUT THE IDAHO SENATOR'S BATHROOM ARREST.  —  When the news of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest and guilty plea for lewd conduct broke Monday evening, it set off a vigorous e-mail squabble among Slate editors.  Some of us thought the arrest was justified, others were appalled …
Idaho Statesman:
UPDATED 5:11 p.m. — Craig insists 'I am not gay,' police say he sought information for lawyer  —  Sen. Larry Craig insisted today "I am not gay" and lashed out at the Idaho Statesman for a "witchhunt" that led him to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge — a plea he hoped would make the charge go away.
Just a Couple of Questions About the Larry Craig Scandal  —  I'd rather have strep throat than think too hard about Idaho politics.  That is, until a scandal like this Larry Craig mess happens.  And then general desire to not think about politics is overcome by incessant media attention …
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
How Did News Outlets Miss Senator's Arrest for Nearly Three Months?
Washington Wire:
Sen. Craig: 'I Am Not Gay'
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Fox News:
Senator Larry Craig: 'I am Not Gay'
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Idaho Senator Asserts: 'I Never Have Been Gay'
New York Times:
Obstacles Keep Iraqi Refugees From U.S.  —  Despite a stepped-up commitment from the United States to take in Iraqis who are in danger because they worked for the American government and military, very few are signing up to go, resettlement officials say.  —  The reason, Iraqis say …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and ParaPundit
Crossing Anbar  —  We've been getting some reports about the improvement in security in Anbar in the last few months but little was said about the highway that runs across the province.  —  The several hundred kilometer western section of the international highway is technically Iraq's second …
Agence France Presse:
Bush raises specter of nuclear 'holocaust'
US 'seizes Iranian group in Iraq'  —  Seven Iranians working for the Iranian Electricity Ministry have been arrested by US forces in Baghdad, the Iranian embassy says.  —  A spokesman told the BBC the embassy had contacted the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and would send a formal protest letter in the morning.
Edmund Blair / Reuters:
Iran says ready to fill vacuum in Iraq left by U.S.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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 …
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
London editor prays for nuclear attack on Israel  —  The editor of an Arabic daily newspaper published in London said in an interview on Lebanese television that he would dance in Trafalgar Square if Iranian missiles hit Israel.  —  Talking about Iran's nuclear capability on ANB Lebanese television …
Discussion: Publius Pundit
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Big Dem fundraiser wanted on swindling charges  —  The Los Angeles Times reports on this website tonight and in Wednesday's print editions that a major Democratic Party fundraiser named Norman Hsu is wanted by authorities for skipping out on an agreement to serve up to three years in prison …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Republicans Plan to Penalize States on Primaries  —  The Republican National Committee plans to penalize at least four states holding early primaries, including New Hampshire and Florida, by refusing to seat at least half their delegates at the party's national convention in 2008, a party official said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Right's Field and
Tim Padgett / Time:
Will Dean's War on Florida Backfire?
Discussion: MyDD and Sisyphus Shrugged
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
1999 Video: Republican Larry Craig Calls Bill Clinton "A Nasty, Bad Naughty Boy"  —  On "Hardball" Chris Matthews talks with The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza about disgraced Republican Senator Larry Craig's arrest, his denials that he is gay and his political future.
Yoav Stern / Haaretz:
Hezbollah to file lawsuits against Israel for damage caused in war  —  Hezbollah is planning to file a host of lawsuits against Israel over the damages it caused during the Second Lebanon War.  Lebanese individuals with dual citizenship will file the suits in the countries where they hold citizenship.
Cpl. Mark Finelli / Newsweek:
Why We Need a Draft: A Marine's Lament  —  He was in the firefights of Fallujah.  He saw gaps in America's arsenal that he believes can only be filled when America's elite puts its sons on the battlefield.  A plea for selective service.  —  "Maybe we would have only lost those three instead of 13 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Major Taliban Engagement Ends In Rout  —  Taliban forces ambushed American and Afghan troops in Kandahar province today — and now probably wish they hadn't.  They killed one Afghan soldier and wounded three others, but lost over 100 men when the Americans called airstrikes down on their position:
Discussion: Telegraph and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Atrios / Eschaton:
Lay Off Miss Teen S.C.  —  I don't know if she's dumb as a stone or if she just understandably had a bit of a brain fart.  I've got a Ph.D and I probably had moments like that in public.  Either way she's just a young woman whose worst moment wasn't appreciably worse than the regular outbursts of our commander in chief.
Discussion: The Talent Show
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