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7:15 AM ET, August 31, 2007


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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Audio of Larry Craig's Bust!  —  Download (3583) |  Play (4391) … Seems that Larry doesn't know what hand his gold ring is on...Sadly, No! has more...
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
The Craig Tape  —  (Photos: Handout, via European Pressphoto Agency)  —  We can't say, let's go to the tape and ask you to watch video.  But we can suggest that you may want to listen to the tape-recording, just post the restroom arrest, of Senator Larry Craig, Republican of Idaho …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Audio of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest  —  An audio recording of Sen. Larry Craig's bathroom arrest is now online, via Breitbart.  —  You can listen to the whole sordid conversation between Craig and Sgt. Dave Karsnia in the Minneapolis-St. Paul bathroom here.  —  Some highlights from the interview after the jump:
Discussion: The Swamp and Macsmind
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
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 …
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Iowa Judge Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage  —  Polk County Judge Robert Hanson struck down Iowa's prohibition on same-sex marriage Thursday.  —  In his 63-page decision, Hanson wrote that the statute excluding same-sex couples from marriage "violates Plaintiff's due process and equal protection rights …
New York Times:
Democrats Turn From Big Donor Who's Fugitive  —  From $62,000 for Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York, to $10,000 for the Tennessee Democratic Party, the full extent of fund-raising by Norman Hsu came into focus yesterday, as campaigns across the country began returning his money in light of revelations that he is a fugitive in a fraud case.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World View
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Clinton says she'll be more vigilant about donors
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
"WE SHOULD START OVER"....Another draft report has been leaked to the press, this one a detailed look at the Iraqi police force in the wake of 2006's "year of the police": … This is becoming a comedy of the absurd.  Scrap the Iraqi police force?  Start over from scratch?  Is this a joke?
David S. Cloud / New York Times:   Panel Will Urge Broad Overhaul of Iraqi Police
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: The Reaction
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
US Embassy Report: Iraq Gov't Way Corrupt
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Taliban vows more abductions as hostages freed  —  The seven remaining South Korean hostages taken captive last July by the Taliban have been released, and insurgents have vowed they will abduct more foreigners.  —  "We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan …
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Activity Guide  —  Republicans slam Islamic Society convention  —  Republican lawmakers are urging the Justice Department not to participate in a convention held by the Islamic Society of North America — a group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in an ongoing terrorism-financing case.
New Muslim cartoon protests grow  —  By Harry de Quetteville  —  Fears grew of a new confrontation over images deemed blasphemous by Muslims as Pakistan joined Iran in protest over a sketch by a Swedish artist portraying the prophet Mohammed as a dog.  —  Pakistan's foreign ministry …
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.
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Where Bush went wrong, by Sharansky  —  Former minister Natan Sharansky, whose book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror has inspired US President George W. Bush, gives Bush a "C" grade for implementing his vision.
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Chicago Boyz
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INTERNET COULD HAVE SAVED SEN. CRAIG?  —  According to an article in today's Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, more avid web readership might have saved Sen. Larry Craig's (R-ID) career.  —  As a number of TPM Reader/Google sleuths have been telling us, there are sites …
Robert Selna / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off  —  Mayor Gavin Newsom's high-profile effort to blanket San Francisco with a free wireless Internet network died Wednesday when provider EarthLink backed out of a proposed contract with the city.  —  The contract, which was three years in the making …
Discussion: The American Mind
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Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Historic fall in home prices
Discussion: ParaPundit
Agence France Presse:
Thai PM says peace talks fruitless in Muslim south
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid Opens Door to Pact With Antiwar Republicans
Diane W / My Left Wing:
Question of the Day - 9/11 Conspiratorial Can o' Worms
Washington Post:
IAEA: Iran Cooperating In Nuclear Investigation
New York Times:
U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq
Larry LaRocco / The Huffington Post:
Working to Win  —  The 2008 Idaho Senate race is in the national news this week.
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
A Consensus AG Nominee?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Fuzzy Math: Stats Scrambled in DOD Iraq Reports
Laurkorn / CNN Political Ticker:
Warner to announce re-election plans
Discussion: The Swamp and The Debate Link
Courtney / Feministing:
Not Oprah's Book Club: I Love Female Orgasm
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
More Big Picturing  —  An addendum to Karl's post …
James Pindell / Boston Globe:
Why Wyoming moved  —  Tom Sansonetti is the former Wyoming …
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Probing Whether Gonzales Lied
New York Magazine:
'Post' Homophobia Still Mysteriously Unfunny
Michael Graczyk / Associated Press:
Texas governor spares getaway driver