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4:20 PM ET, August 30, 2007


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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FOOT TAPPING AND BATHROOM CRUISING....Yesterday one of my readers emailed to say he was annoyed by all the ignorant blog commentary emanating from straight young whippersnappers on the subject of Larry Craig's restroom shenanigans in Minnesota: … Today, non-whippersnapper blogger …
Discussion: Unfogged
Barney Frank: Craig Shouldn't Resign  —  (Boston, Massachusetts) Barney Frank (D-Mass) one of only two openly gay members of Congress says that Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig should resist calls for his resignation.  —  "What he did, it's hypocritical, but it's not an abuse of his office …
Nina Burleigh / The Huffington Post:
Satan's in the Stall Beside Me
David Ehrenstein / Los Angeles Times:
Our (not so) private Idahos  —  Sen. Larry Craig's arrest shows …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Chemical Weapons Scare at U.N. Headquarters  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous chemical warfare agent, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York, federal authorities tell the Blotter on
ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Nerve gas found at United Nations building  —  Six to eight vials discovered  —  ABCNews has learned that United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York Thursday morning.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   BREAKING NEWS ON TRADING ROOM WIRES: Nerve gas found at UN Bldg [UPDATED]
Michael Graczyk / Associated Press:
Texas governor spares getaway driver  —  HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry accepted a parole board recommendation Thursday to spare condemned inmate Kenneth Foster, the getaway driver in a 1996 murder who had been scheduled for execution within hours.  —  The sentence had drawn protests …
Emily Ramshaw / Dallas Morning News:
Perry commutes death row inmate's sentence  —  —  AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday commuted death row inmate Kenneth Foster's sentence to life, following a 6-1 recommendation by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.  —  "After carefully considering the facts …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Thank You  —  Thanks so much to everyone who picked …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Digby / Hullabaloo:   Back From The Precipice
Washington Post:
Report Finds Little Progress On Iraq Goals  —  Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report.  The document questions whether some aspects of a more positive assessment …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Petraeus assuages lawmakers' fears over report
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   NEW SURGE MEME: GAS TO $9
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sources: Thompson announcement on Sept. 6  —  Fred Thompson's campaign-in-waiting will hold a 4 p.m. conference call today with supporters to brief them on plans for the former Tennessee senator's presidential announcement next week, according to an e-mail obtained by
Rick Klein / Associated Press:
Analysis: Has Fred Thompson Waited Too Long?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Fred Thompson Interview Transcript
Michael Dimock /
Black Enthusiasm for Clinton and Obama Leaves Little Room for Edwards  —  Clinton's Image Up among Liberals, Down among Conservatives; Obama Scores Best among College Educated  —  The exceptionally strong support for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama among black voters (and, for Clinton …
Discussion: The Swamp and
New York Magazine:
'Post' Homophobia Still Mysteriously Unfunny  —  You know what?  We're getting pretty bored by the New York Post's homophobia.  For a while, we giggled at "Page Six"'s use of archaic adjectives like "swishy" and "limp-wristed" to describe gay subjects.  We tried to find the humor …
Discussion: Think Progress
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Not even funny [Jamie]  —  I'll admit, the New York Post is a guilty pleasure.
Discussion: New York Post and Brian Beutler
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
When Fox News Republicans Lie, Democrats Should Tell The Truth  —  Regarding Karen Hanretty's comments in which she invoked the name of Barry Goldwater while she lied about me:  —  I knew Barry Goldwater.  Barry Goldwater was an authentic conservative who believed in political discourse of honesty and civility.
New York Times:
Locked, Loaded and Looney  —  As the Army's suicide rate hits record levels in the Iraq war, there's small wonder practically everyone in Congress wants to deal with the parallel emerging crisis of depressed veterans tempted to take their own lives.  Everyone, that is, except Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma.
Tova Andrea Wang / Washington Post:
A Rigged Report on U.S. Voting?  —  After the 2000 Florida election debacle, Congress established a body called the Election Assistance Commission to improve voting and democracy in this country.  Two years ago, the commission approached me about doing a project that would take a preliminary look …
Beth Reinhard /
GOP no-shows prompt cancellation of debate  —  Univisión's Republican presidential debate has been called off after only one contender agreed to participate.  The debate for Democrats is still on for Sept. 9.  —  AIM reprint  —
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John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
Why Tax Debate Sits on Hold
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Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Katrine Narkiewicz / Reuters:
Christ-like bin Laden image stirs debate in Australia
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
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Ross Douthat / The Atlantic Online:
Blue Period  —  The last enduring Democratic majority began with a midterm sweep.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Will Wilkinson
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary Not Hsu Happy
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