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2:25 PM ET, August 31, 2007

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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.) …
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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) …
Don Surber:
Troops to surrender Democrats: Up yours  —  The Washington Post headline caught the self-pity of a couple of antiwar congressmen: "Lawmakers Describe 'Being Slimed in the Green Zone' "  —  If they were "slimed," it was with their own words.  As these congressmen visited Iraq …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PR SURGE....Last Tuesday I wrote about the effectiveness …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CNN:
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 …
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Idaho Statesman:
UPDATED 11:12 a.m. — GOP officials say Otter already has picked Craig successor; Otter's office says that's not so  —  Republican officials say Gov. Butch Otter will name Lt. Gov. Jim Risch to the Senate if Sen. Larry Craig resigns.  —  But Otter's spokesman Jon Hanian said the governor hasn't made that decision yet.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
New York Times:
Senator Craig May Resign Soon, Republicans Say
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.
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CNN Political Ticker:
Snow to step down as W.H. spokesman September 14
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and Debsweb
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 …
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.
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.
Emma Schwartz / US News:
Justice Department Lawyers Refuse Detainee Cases  —  Some lawyers in the civil appeals division object to the government's policies on Guantánamo Bay  —  The government's legal arguments justifying the detention of hundreds of people at the Guantánamo Bay naval base …
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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?
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Associated Press:
Bush gets mounting reports of Iraq woes
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
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.)
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Fugitive fundraiser turns himself in  —  REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CNN) - Embattled Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu turned himself in on Friday to authorities in California on a 16-year-old grand theft charge, a San Mateo County, Calif., Superior Court spokeswoman told CNN.
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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Harry Getting Desperate
Discussion: Right Wing News
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Can Anyone Stop Bush/Cheney's War Against Iran?  —  I think Glenn Greenwald is right that the Bush/Cheney regime is about to start an aggressive war against Iran.  And I agree that the Democrats have foolishly paved the way for this to happen.  —  We can't say we weren't warned.
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
James Hannaham / Salon:
Why bathroom sex is hot  —  Larry Craig is the latest politician to get caught with his pants down.  So what is the eternal allure of sex in a stall, and does it make you gay?  —  When Idaho Sen. Larry Craig says, "I'm not gay," I believe him.  But that doesn't mean he wasn't cruising …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Bush Offers Relief for Some on Home Loans  —  President Bush, in his first response to families hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, announced several steps today to help Americans who have credit problems meet the rising cost of their housing loans.  —  In remarks this morning at the White House …
 
 
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Turkishdailynews:
Turkey seized US weapons supplied to Iraqis, Pentagon confirms
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WAS A CRIME COMMITTED IN HADITHA?
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Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
The Swing of the Pendulum  —  In 1942, Russia was fully engaged …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Thinking Beyond Maliki
Yahoo! News:
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Discussion: TVNewser
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Time for Grace  —  America needs unity in dealing with Iraq.