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12:25 PM 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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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
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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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
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 and The Heretik
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.
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
Discussion: Iowa Independent and All Spin Zone
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  —  August recesses seem to have some magical quality this year that drives legislators towards compromise.  In Iraq, the absence of a legislative session allowed Nouri al-Maliki to reach an agreement on key political reforms with Sunni, Shi'ite, and Kurdish leadership.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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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
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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.
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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.
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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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Where Does Hsu Get The Money?  —  The mystery of Norman Hsu deepens today with a New York Times report on his collapsing cover stories.  While the Gray Lady tries to focus on the sudden retreat of Democrats from a man who has raised almost a million dollars for them, the real story comes …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Thinking Beyond Maliki
Ken Belson / New York Times:
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Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Borjas Blog
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
NBC Will Not Renew ITunes Contract
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
A Time for Grace  —  America needs unity in dealing with Iraq.
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White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Times of London:
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TigerHawk:
Defining diplomacy down  —  Finally, George W. Bush has secured …
Discussion: New York Times
Dennis Shanahan / The Australian:
Surge working: top US general
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Bush Will Offer Relief for Some on Home Loans
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Where Bush went wrong, by Sharansky