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3:55 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
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PR SURGE....Last Tuesday I wrote about the effectiveness …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and 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.
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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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.
Discussion: The Swamp and New York Times
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Warner to retire  —  Virginia Sen. John Warner (R) …
The Atlantic Online:
Virginia In 2008  —  This is a blog about the 2008 presidential race …
Discussion: MyDD
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Warner decides not to seek sixth term
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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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Joe Holley / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Snow Resigns
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Gay marriage becoming big issue in Iowa
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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.
Associated Press:
Bush gets mounting reports of Iraq woes  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush huddled with top military leaders about the Iraq war Friday, and Pentagon officials defended 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.)
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
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.
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
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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John R. Bolton / Opinion Journal:
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Inside the Ring
Turkishdailynews:
Turkey seized US weapons supplied to Iraqis, Pentagon confirms
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Fugitive fundraiser turns himself in
Discussion: The Swamp and Associated Press
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
"Cross-Country Comparisons of Inequality in Market and Disposable …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Detroit Free Press:
State grabs 1st primary
Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
PAUL KRUGMAN: Katrina All the Time
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jeffrey Wolf / KUSA-TV:
'White power' chanted during immigration discussion at school
James Hannaham / Salon:
Why bathroom sex is hot
Discussion: MoJoBlog