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11:25 PM ET, August 31, 2007


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Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Bush E-Mail Mystery Deepens: White House Won't Name Tech Contractor  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  The White House will not identify a private company which appears to be involved in the disappearance of millions of White House e-mails.  —  The company was responsible for reviewing …
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Rove chokes up on last day  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Karl Rove was nearly overcome with emotion Friday as colleagues privately paid tribute to the political adviser as he leaves the White House, senior officials say.  —  At the closed-door senior staff meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the Roosevelt Room …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Goodbye, Karl Rove
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Craig to announce resignation  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Embattled Republican Sen. Larry Craig will announce his resignation from the Senate Saturday, a GOP source in Idaho said Friday.  —  Craig will leave office on September 30, the source said.  —  Earlier, several well-placed GOP sources …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Craig reported ready to quit Saturday
Discussion: The Politico
Los Angeles Times:
Fugitive fundraiser turns himself in  —  Norman Hsu, waits outstide a courtroom at San Mateo County Courthouse in Redwood City before turning himself in.  Hsu, who had been a fugitive from a 1992 grand larceny case, was taken into custody today after a judge ordered him to post $2 million bail.
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Warner's departure puts GOP in bigger bind  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senator John Warner announced Friday that he will retire after his current term expires and will not run for re-election in 2008.  The five term senior senator from Virginia was first elected to his seat in 1978.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Describe 'Being Slimed in the Green Zone'  —  The sheets of paper seemed to be everywhere the lawmakers went in the Green Zone, distributed to Iraqi officials, U.S. officials and uniformed military of no particular rank.  So when Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) …
Katie Couric / CBS News:
Katie: Greetings From Baghdad  —  Here I am, my first day in Baghdad... It is overwhelming to be here and there is so much to take in.  —  We arrived at the airport this morning on a private plane.  I was surprised to hear that there are now three Royal Jordanian flights into Baghdad every day.
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Romney: Retaliate for a nuclear attack  —  NEWBERRY, S.C. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that if terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb in a U.S. city while he was president he would retaliate "in a very dramatic and clear way."  —  Posed that scenario while campaigning Friday …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Romney uses police escort in S. Carolina
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Fla. students face explosives indictment  —  WASHINGTON - Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida were indicted Friday for carrying explosive materials across states lines and one of them was charged with teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons.
Discussion: Hot Air, BLACKFIVE and Atlas Shrugs
Think Progress:
U.S. Military Censors ThinkProgress  —  ThinkProgress is now banned from the U.S. military network in Baghdad.  —  Recently, an avid ThinkProgress reader — a U.S. soldier serving his second tour in Iraq — wrote to us and said that he can no longer access  The error message he received:
Discussion: The Reaction and ACSBlog
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The Bad Judgment of Gen. David Petraeus  —  Gen. David Petraeus is a good man and a great soldier with a track record of almost complete failure in his previous tours of duty in Iraq.  —  Let this be said up front: While the president and Petraeus maneuver for him to testify on the anniversary of Sept. 11 …
Associated Press:
Congressmen visiting Iraq dodge attack  —  WASHINGTON — A military cargo plane carrying four members of Congress took evasive action and dispatched flares to avoid ground fire Thursday night after taking off from Baghdad.  —  The lawmakers said three rocket-propelled grenades were fired at their plane …
Gretel C. Kovach / New York Times:
Got Arachnophobia?  Here's Your Worst Nightmare  —  Most spiders are solitary creatures.  So the discovery of a vast web crawling with millions of spiders that is spreading across several acres of a North Texas park is causing a stir among scientists, and park visitors.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Silvia Aloisi / Reuters:
"Redacted" stuns Venice  —  VENICE (Reuters) - A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears.  —  "Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma …
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  Inside the Ring  —  Four-star veep  —  Three of the eight announced 2008 Republican presidential campaigns are considering retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks as their pick for vice presidential candidate, according to Republican Party operatives.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Tancredo slams Katrina spending  —  GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Tom Tancredo (Colo.) said Friday it is "time the taxpayer gravy train left the New Orleans station" and urged an end to the federal aid to the region that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina two years ago.
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KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Guilty  —  Nifong afternoon testimony:  —  Nifong is a bit …
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News:
New Detroit News/WXYZ-TV poll: Clinton, Romney lead
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
3 Democrats to skip rogue primary states
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Faiz / Think Progress:
Petraeus Attempts To Manipulate Australian Election With False Claims About Iraq
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