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10:20 AM ET, August 31, 2007


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Sources: Craig resignation likely soon  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Several well-placed GOP sources in Washington and Idaho have told CNN that embattled Republican Sen. Larry Craig is likely to resign soon, possibly as early as Friday.  —  A GOP source with knowledge of the situation told CNN's Dana Bash …
TRANSCRIPT: Police Interview With Sen. Larry Craig
Discussion: The American Pundit
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
The Craig Tape  —  (Photos: Handout, via European Pressphoto Agency)
Discussion: The Huffington Post
KTFT:   KTVB obtains audio of Craig's arrest interview
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Audio of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest
Discussion: The Swamp, New York Times and Macsmind
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Panel Will Urge Broad Overhaul of Iraqi Police  —  An independent commission established by Congress to assess Iraq's security forces will recommend remaking the 26,000-member national police force to purge it of corrupt officers and Shiite militants suspected of complicity in sectarian killings …
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?
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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 …
David Pitt / Associated Press:
Judge: Same-sex couples can wed in Iowa
Discussion: All Spin Zone
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Thompson to make White House bid official next week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Fred Thompson ended the suspense on Thursday and said he would formally launch his 2008 run for the White House next week with a webcast and a five-day tour of early voting states.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Thompson gives back cash
Marc Santora / New York Times:
After Months of Flirting, Thompson Is Almost In
Discussion: TIME
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.) …
New York Times:
More Realism, Less Spin  —  A new report from Congress's investigative arm provides a powerful fresh dose of nonpartisan realism about Iraq as President Bush tries to spin people into thinking that significant — or at least sufficient — progress is being made.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Season of Hope in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and AMERICAblog
Dennis Shanahan / The Australian:
Surge working: top US general  —  THE US troop surge in Iraq has thrown al-Qa'ida off balance and produced a dramatic reduction in sectarian killings and a drop in roadside bombings.  —  David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said the build-up of American forces in Baghdad since late January had produced positive outcomes.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Petraeus says Iraq "surge" working: paper
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid Opens Door to Pact With Antiwar Republicans  —  LAS VEGAS — Saying the coming weeks will be "one of the last opportunities" to alter the course of the war, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he is now willing to compromise with Republicans to find ways to limit troop deployments in Iraq.
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.
Scot J. Paltrow / Wall Street Journal:
Budget Crunch Hits U.S. Attorneys' Offices  —  Amid Antiterror Focus,  —  Prosecutions Decline;  —  Rep. Lewis Probe Slowed  —  LOS ANGELES — Whoever succeeds Alberto Gonzales as attorney general will face a long list of challenges at the Justice Department, from unfilled senior positions to sagging morale.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
What Women Want  —  How the GOP can woo the ladies.  —  Hillary has herself.  Barack has Oprah.  John Edwards has his wife, Elizabeth.  And what secret weapon do Republican presidential candidates have to curry the all-important "women's vote"?  —  (Cue silence.)
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 …
Times of London:
How life returned to the streets in a showpiece city that drove out al-Qaeda  —  An American 'martyr' is being hailed in the Sunni Triangle for restoring peace to a town where soldiers now fight only water leaks  —  Watch Martin Fletcher's report from Ramadi
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Bush Will Offer Relief for Some on Home Loans  —  President Bush, in his first response to families hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, plans to announce several steps Friday to help Americans who have credit problems meet the rising cost of their housing loans, administration officials said Thursday.
Washington Post:
HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads  —  In an attempt to raise the nation's historically low rate of breast-feeding, federal health officials commissioned an attention-grabbing advertising campaign a few years ago to convince mothers that their babies faced real health risks if they did not breast-feed.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Cancer Society Focuses Its Ads on the Uninsured
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: First Draft
Rob Woollard / Agence France Presse:
Marine tells of order to execute Haditha women and children
Discussion: Power Line
Defining diplomacy down  —  Finally, George W. Bush has secured …
Discussion: New York Times
Dan Eggen Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Probing Whether Gonzales Lied
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Where Bush went wrong, by Sharansky
Discussion: Kesher Talk and Chicago Boyz
Mark Trumbull / Christian Science Monitor:
Historic fall in home prices
Discussion: ParaPundit
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Selna / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off
Discussion: The American Mind
Agence France Presse:
Thai PM says peace talks fruitless in Muslim south
New Muslim cartoon protests grow
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
New York Times:
U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Activity Guide  —  Republicans slam Islamic Society convention