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3:05 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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PR SURGE....Last Tuesday I wrote about the effectiveness …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Talking Points Memo
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: Central Sanity and AMERICAblog
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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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 …
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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CNN:
Warner to retire from Senate  —  (CNN) — Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, said Friday he won't run for re-election.  —  "I say that my work and service to Virginia as a senator will conclude upon the 6th of January, 2009, when I finish ... my career of a then 30 years in the United States Senate," said Warner, 80.
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Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Sen. John Warner decides not to run
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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.
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.
Discussion: The Swamp
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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.
Yahoo! News:
New Frontburner Issue in Iowa: Same-Sex Marriage  —  The Nation — Iowa will in all likelihood remain the state that opens the process of nominating the Democratic and Republican candidates for president in 2008.  As such, it is a "must visit" and "must impress" state for contenders in both parties.
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David Pitt / Associated Press:
Judge: Same-sex couples can wed in Iowa
Associated Press:
Bush gets mounting reports of Iraq woes  —  WASHINGTON - Awaiting a visit Friday by President Bush to discuss the war, the Pentagon defended its efforts to rid the Iraqi national police of sectarian bias and corruption, even as an independent review found the force too tainted to continue.
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
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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.)
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.
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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Reid Open To "Compromise" With GOPers On Date-Certain Withdrawal From Iraq  —  Today's Washington Post has an interview with Harry Reid in which he suggests that he's now prepared to compromise with Republicans on Iraq: … Is Reid really saying that this fall he'll be flexible — again …
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
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
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