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2:50 PM ET, August 30, 2007


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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]
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
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
Man faces execution for being in car with killer
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
David Ehrenstein / Los Angeles Times:
Our (not so) private Idahos  —  Sen. Larry Craig's arrest shows …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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 …
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 …
Tony Batt / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Porter ties U.S. withdrawal from Iraq to $9 gasoline  —  Lawmaker reports on his trip to country  —  WASHINGTON — Gasoline prices could rise to about $9 per gallon if the United States withdraws troops from Iraq prematurely, Rep. Jon Porter said he was told on a trip to Iraq that ended this week.
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
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 …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and The Next Hurrah
We'll Sue Murtha, Chessani Lawyer Vows  —  If Marine Col. Jeffrey Chessani is exonerated of the charges against him he may haul Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha, into court, suing him for libel, one of his lawyers told  —  Brian Rooney, one of the attorneys …
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon won't make surge recommendation to Bush  —  WASHINGTON — In a sign that top commanders are divided over what course to pursue in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday that it won't make a single, unified recommendation to President Bush during next month's strategy assessment …
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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