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1:25 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Audio of Larry Craig's Bust!  —  Download (3002) |  Play (3911) … Seems that Larry doesn't know what hand his gold ring is on...Sadly, No! has more...
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sen. Craig on tape: 'You shouldn't... entrap people'
Discussion: New York Times
Linda Chavez / Human Events:
Abuse of Power  —  There is something more than a little bizarre …
Steve Karnowski / Associated Press:
Many reports echo details of Craig arrest
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Audio of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest
Discussion: Macsmind
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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Rick Klein / Associated Press:
Analysis: Has Fred Thompson Waited Too Long?  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson's Reluctance to Jump Into '08 Race May Have Cost Him Momentum  —  He was primed to be the summer's big blockbuster and the script was written in advance: A dispirited party finds its great hope in a swashbuckling Southern senator …
Associated Press:
BREAKING NEWS: Polk judge rules against gay marriage ban  —  A Polk County judge on Thursday struck down Iowa's law banning gay marriage.  —  The ruling by Judge Robert Hanson concluded that the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered the Polk County recorder …
The Nation:
Secret Report: Corruption is "Norm" Within Iraqi Government  —  As Congress prepares to receive reports on Iraq from General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and readies for a debate on George W. Bush's latest funding request of $50 billion for the Iraq war …
Discussion: RADAMISTO and The Reaction
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
US Embassy Report: Iraq Gov't Way Corrupt
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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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 …
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.
James Janega / Chicago Tribune:
Durbin: Petraeus to warn of low troop morale  —  Following a dinner they shared in Baghdad, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that he expects Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, to report to President Bush and Congress next month that American troops are exhausted by the war effort there.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Fuzzy Math: Stats Scrambled in DOD Iraq Reports  —  "The country is not a one-size-fits-all, a one-description-fits-all.  It's much more a mosaic," the U.S. official in charge of training Iraqi security forces, Lieutenant General James Dubik, told military analysts today on a conference call.
Courtney / Feministing:
Not Oprah's Book Club: I Love Female Orgasm  —  It was the night before I had the awesome opportunity to see Barack Obama in-studio on The Daily Show.  I got my The Audacity of Hope and my Obama biography and curled into bed, thinking I would read some passages and get excited about seeing …
New York Times:
U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq  —  An American-owned company operating from Kuwait paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to American contracting officers in efforts to win more than $11 million in contracts, the government says in court documents.
Discussion: Pottersville and Prairie Weather
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Use of Bundlers Raises New Risks for Campaigns  —  In amassing $52 million in campaign contributions in the first half of this year, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton relied on a platinum pyramid of 233 "Hillraisers," including the movie director Steven Spielberg, the party powerbroker Vernon E. Jordan Jr. …
 
 
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton says she'll be more vigilant about donors
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New Muslim cartoon protests grow
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Washington Post:
IAEA: Iran Cooperating In Nuclear Investigation
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Gonzales Faces Inquiry Into Veracity of His Testimony
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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
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Working to Win  —  The 2008 Idaho Senate race is in the national news this week.
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
A Consensus AG Nominee?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
More Big Picturing  —  An addendum to Karl's post …
James Pindell / Boston Globe:
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New York Magazine:
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
When Fox News Republicans Lie, Democrats Should Tell The Truth
Beth Reinhard / MiamiHerald.com:
GOP no-shows prompt cancellation of debate