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9:10 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.) …
Amanda / Think Progress:
U.S. Troops Given Misleading, Inaccurate Bios Of Democratic Lawmakers Visiting Iraq  —  This morning, the Washington Post has a story on how lawmakers are being "slimed in the Green Zone" when they travel to Iraq for congressional delegation trips.  Reps. James Moran (D-VA), Jon Porter (R-NV) …
Katie Couric / CBS News:
Katie: Greetings From Baghdad
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
WHO'LL BE THE NEXT REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITE TO BE DRAGGED OUT OF THE CLOSET SCREAMING ABOUT MEDIA WITCH HUNTS?  —  A certain lil' congressman allegedly likes his trade rough  —  Lil' Patrick McHenry isn't a character in Comedy Central's brilliant Lil' Bush, which features Lil' Cheney, Lil' Rummy …
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: ACSBlog
Matt / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon Hopes Final GAO Report On Iraq Will Be 'Improved' To Reflect WH Claims Of Progress  —  Yesterday, a leaked draft of an upcoming Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on progress in Iraq painted a "strikingly negative" picture of the war-torn country.
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Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News:
New Detroit News/WXYZ-TV poll: Clinton, Romney lead
Melissa McEwan / Shakespeare's Sister:
What Women Want is the title of a piece in today's Wall Street …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Tancredo slams Katrina spending
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
S Korea criticised for hostage deal
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Whither the anti-totalitarian left? [Jamie]
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Document details Volz's cooperation in Abramoff case
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Romney uses police escort in S. Carolina
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Homeownership Financing
Turkey seized US weapons supplied to Iraqis, Pentagon confirms
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
"Cross-Country Comparisons of Inequality in Market and Disposable …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Can Anyone Stop Bush/Cheney's War Against Iran?
Washington Post:
HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads