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3:25 AM ET, September 1, 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
ABCNEWS:
White House Press Secretary Snow Resigns  —  Ailing White House Press Secretary Tony Snow Resigning, Deputy Dana Perino Will Take His Place  —  Tony Snow, the highly visible White House press secretary, will leave his job on Sept. 14 and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, an administration official said Friday.
David Stout / New York Times:
Tony Snow to Step Down in September  —  Tony Snow, whose face became familiar to millions of television viewers as well as the Washington press corps in his two years as chief White House spokesman, plans to leave his post on Sept. 14.  —  "I sadly accepted his desire to leave the White House …
Discussion: unbossed.com, The Swamp and Unfogged
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Goodbye, Karl Rove
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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.
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Red Dawn  —  The scandal surrounding Idaho Senator Larry Craig …
Discussion: Open Left and Strategist
The Atlantic Online:
Virginia In 2008  —  This is a blog about the 2008 presidential race …
Discussion: MyDD
Wall Street Journal:
Hsu Faces Probe Of Fund Raising For Democrats  —  Big Donor Surrenders  —  On California Charge,  —  Posts $2 Million Bail  —  The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible campaign-finance violations by top Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, according to people familiar with the probe.
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Los Angeles Times:
Fugitive fundraiser turns himself in
Discussion: TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Craig reported ready to quit Saturday  —  Craig: Did "nothing wrong."  AP Photo  —  Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican who pled guilty to disorderly conduct after his arrest earlier this year in an airport men's room, plans to announce Saturday that he will resign, the Associated Press is reporting this evening.
Discussion: The Politico
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Idaho Governor Faces Speculation on Senate Seat
Discussion: Swing State Project
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 …
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.
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Confederate Yankee:
Images Redacted  —  Brian De Palma is tediously consistent if nothing else.  —  His Vietnam war fiction "Casualties of War" portrayed American soldiers as rapist thugs merely bidding their time for the opportunity to commit inhuman acts against a bucolic population.
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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 ThinkProgress.org.  The error message he received:
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.
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
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Freeze on Wages Is Latest Step to Stanch Inflation in Zimbabwe  —  Zimbabwe's government slapped a six-month freeze on wages, rents and service fees on Friday, the latest step in what some analysts call an increasingly desperate campaign to sustain an economy gutted by hyperinflation.
Discussion: BBC, The Atlantic Online and Redstate
KC Johnson / Durham-in-Wonderland:
Guilty  —  Nifong afternoon testimony:  —  Nifong is a bit more subdued—perhaps because at the lunch break he saw ABC-11's story that the US Attorney's office is monitoring the contempt proceedings with the possibility of opening a criminal investigation.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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.
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.
 
 
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Greg Ip / WSJ.com:
The Tension Between Traditional Economics and Bubbles
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
As Her Star Wanes, Rice Tries to Reshape Legacy
Reuters:
Plane with U.S. lawmakers shot at in Iraq
Associated Press:
Congressmen visiting Iraq dodge attack
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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WHO'LL BE THE NEXT REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITE TO BE DRAGGED OUT OF THE …
John R. Bolton / Opinion Journal:
Pyongyang's Upper Hand
Discussion: Daily Pundit and The Corner
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Inside the Ring