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5:50 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
Discussion: Take Our Country Back
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.
William Yardley / New York Times:   Idaho Governor Faces Speculation on Senate Seat
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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Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Bush E-Mail Mystery Deepens: White House Won't Name Tech Contractor  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  The White House will not identify a private company which appears to be involved in the disappearance of millions of White House e-mails.  —  The company was responsible for reviewing …
Discussion: Pensito Review
CNN Political Ticker:
Snow to step down as W.H. spokesman September 14
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.
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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.
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Red Dawn  —  The scandal surrounding Idaho Senator Larry Craig …
Discussion: Open Left and Strategist
The Atlantic Online:
Virginia In 2008  —  This is a blog about the 2008 presidential race …
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, BLACKFIVE and Atlas Shrugs
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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 …
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
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Thinking Beyond Maliki  —  The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has had more than 15 months to try to pacify the Sunni insurgency by offering national accords on oil-sharing, provincial elections and de-Baathification.  It has done none of these.
DownWithTyranny!:
WHO'LL BE THE NEXT REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITE TO BE DRAGGED OUT OF THE CLOSET SCREAMING ABOUT MEDIA WITCH HUNTS?  —  A certain lil' congressman allegedly likes his trade rough  —  Lil' Patrick McHenry isn't a character in Comedy Central's brilliant Lil' Bush, which features Lil' Cheney, Lil' Rummy …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and BlueNC
 
 
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Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Romney uses police escort in S. Carolina
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
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Rose Garden / White House:
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Think Progress:
U.S. Military Censors ThinkProgress
Discussion: ACSBlog
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Inside the Ring
Turkishdailynews:
Turkey seized US weapons supplied to Iraqis, Pentagon confirms
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:
Fugitive fundraiser turns himself in
Discussion: The Swamp
Bob Franken / The Hill:
Branch Out  —  It's good to see Fred Thompson is being true to form.
Discussion: The Politico
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Detroit Free Press:
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Associated Press:
Bush gets mounting reports of Iraq woes
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Can Anyone Stop Bush/Cheney's War Against Iran?
Emma Schwartz / US News:
Justice Department Lawyers Refuse Detainee Cases
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
What Women Want  —  How the GOP can woo the ladies.  —  Hillary has herself.
Times of London:
How life returned to the streets in a showpiece city that drove out al-Qaeda
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
1 gay marriage, then judge stays ruling