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11:05 AM ET, August 31, 2007

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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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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Reports: Craig close to resigning
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
James Hannaham / Salon:
Why bathroom sex is hot
Discussion: MoJoBlog
ABCNEWS:
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
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.) …
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  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.  —  Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
The Corner:
Iowa's New Scene  —  We now know why Karl Rove left the White House.
Discussion: Boston Globe and PrairiePundit
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 …
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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?
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Thompson gives back cash  —  Fred Thompson, facing scrutiny for stockpiling cash while he purported to be only exploring the possibility of a presidential bid, is returning some contributions to supporters.  —  Thompson, who plans to officially enter the race for the Republican nomination Thursday …
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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.
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Where Does Hsu Get The Money?
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.
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Season of Hope in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and AMERICAblog
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.)
Hindrocket / Power Line:
JUST READ THE HEADLINE; DON'T ASK ANY QUESTIONS  —  When Marines were accused of committing atrocities at Haditha, Mad Jack Murtha and many others rushed to convict them.  We have followed the story as those accusations have fallen apart, and one Marine after another has been exonerated.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Rob Woollard / Agence France Presse:   Marine tells of order to execute Haditha women and children
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
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.
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Reuters:
Petraeus says Iraq "surge" working: paper
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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.
CNN:
Plane carrying U.S. lawmakers fired fired upon  —  (CNN) — A U.S. military plane carrying three U.S. senators and one member of the House of Representatives came under rocket fire Thursday night and had to make evasive maneuvers as it left Baghdad for Amman, Jordan.
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  MR. SNOW: Hello, everyone.  A quick announcement before I take your questions.  President Bush will welcome Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates to the White House on September 17, 2007, in the Prime Minister's dual role as Prime Minister and head of the European Union presidency.
 
 
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A Time for Grace  —  America needs unity in dealing with Iraq.
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Washington Post:
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TigerHawk:
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Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
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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
Robert Selna / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. citywide Wi-Fi plan fizzles as provider backs off
Discussion: The American Mind
CTV.ca:
Taliban vows more abductions as hostages freed
Telegraph:
New Muslim cartoon protests grow