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4:55 PM ET, August 30, 2007

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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 Politico.com.
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Thompson to announce bid Sept. 6  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican Fred Thompson, whose entry into the presidential race has been long anticipated, will officially launch his candidacy Sept. 6 in a webcast on his campaign site, followed by a five-day tour of early primary states, The Associated Press has learned.
Beth Reinhard / MiamiHerald.com:
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  —  breinhard@MiamiHerald.com
Rick Klein / Associated Press:
Analysis: Has Fred Thompson Waited Too Long?
Redstate:
BREAKING: Fred Thompson will announce today at 4:30pm EDT
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 ABCNews.com.
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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]
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Phosgene from Iraq found in UN office
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 …
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Emily Ramshaw / Dallas Morning News:
Perry commutes death row inmate's sentence  —  eramshaw@dallasnews.com  —  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
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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
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
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Nina Burleigh / The Huffington Post:
Satan's in the Stall Beside Me
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Ehrenstein / Los Angeles Times:
Our (not so) private Idahos  —  Sen. Larry Craig's arrest shows …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Time:
Edwards On Track in Iowa  —  John Edwards is betting that a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses will catapult him into national contention, and so far his strategy in the state is on track.  A new TIME poll of likely Iowa caucus goers, taken a week after Edwards' seven-day …
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Investigating Gonzales's Testimony  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether departing Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales gave false or misleading testimony to Congress on a broad range of issues, including the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Did Gonzales lie? Inspector general plans probe
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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