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8:05 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.
Matt / Think Progress:
BREAKING: Sens. Coleman And McCain Call For Craig To Resign  —  Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and John McCain (R-AZ) have become the first members of the Senate to call for Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) to resign over his arrest for alleged "lewd conduct" in an airport bathroom.
Gay Patriot:
Senator Craig... For the Love of God... Shut Up!  —  So I've been traveling since 4am on Tuesday.  So as I spent yesterday away from TV and the internet, the most I knew about the world was that both Sen. Larry Craig and QB Michael Vick had admitted guilt for respective crimes.  End of story (for now), I assumed.
Discussion: The Corner and The Atlantic Online
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Jack Abramoff is in prison.  Ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) is in prison.  Ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) is in prison.  Ex-Reps. Mark Foley (R-FL), Katherine Harris (R-FL), Tom DeLay (R-TX), Curt Weldon (R-PA), and Ex-Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), all either lost or did not seek reelection.
David Stout / New York Times:
Party Leaders Oust Idaho Senator From Leadership Posts  —  The political career of Senator Larry Craig of Idaho appeared to be collapsing today as fellow Republicans called for his resignation and party leaders ousted him from his committee leadership posts amid the fallout over his arrest …
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Espo / Washington Post:
GOP Senators Say Craig Should Resign
Discussion: and AMERICAblog
Nick Gillespie / Los Angeles Times:
Get government out of the bathroom
Discussion: The Hill and The Corner
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:
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 …
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.
FEC To Collect $775,000 Civil Penalty From America Coming Together  —  WASHINGTON -The Federal Election Commission (FEC/Commission) announced today that it has reached a settlement with America Coming Together (ACT) regarding violations of federal campaign finance laws during the 2004 Presidential election.
Barack Obama / Financial Times:
Fine unscrupulous mortgage lenders  —  T he implosion of the subprime lending industry is more than a temporary blip in our econ-omic progress.  It is a cancer that, given today's integrated financial markets, threatens to spread with devastating impact to housing and to our economy as a whole, unless we act to contain it.
Discussion: ArchPundit and PrestoPundit
Rich Karlgaard /
Obama Steals A Page From FDR
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Iraqi cleric: militia in `freeze'  —  BAGHDAD - Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took his Mahdi Army out of action for up to six months Wednesday to overhaul the feared Shiite militia — a stunning move that underscores the growing struggles against breakaway factions with suspected ties to Iran.
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: The Corner and Think Progress
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William Saletan / Slate:
Violence is Violence is Violence  —  While pouring cereal …
Michael Totten / NY Daily News:
Front-line lessons from the Iraq surge
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney's new ad emphasizes vigor, change
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
MoveOn targets pro-surge Democrat
Yahoo! News:
Pranksters wrap Rove's car
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
ICE reassigns agents to customs
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy:
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Calling Thompson: Come out, come out, whenever..
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
The Corner:
Down on the Farm  —  Have a look at the map of Manhattan below …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
More Grit [Jamie]  —  I agree with much of Hilzoy's eloquent essay …
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
Washington Post:
Bush May Fight for New Attorney General