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3:10 PM ET, September 1, 2007


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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Senator Craig Announces Resignation  —  Embattled Idaho Republican Lawmaker to Step Down Sept 30  —  Sen. Larry E. Craig, the Idaho Republican caught in a police crackdown on sexual solicitation in an airport men's room, announced his resignation from the Senate today …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Clearing the Decks  —  The new GOP formula: purge and elect.  —  Republicans are so intent on pushing scandal-plagued members of Congress out of office and far from the media spotlight that the entire party—from the White House to congressional leaders to the Republican National Committee …
Washington Post:
GOP Faces Dimming Prospects in '08  —  A Senate electoral playing field that was already wide open for 2008 has become considerably more perilous for Republicans with the retirement of Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) and the resignation of Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho).
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Booman Tribune
William Yardley / New York Times:
Senator's Plan to Quit Sets Off Moves in Idaho  —  Before Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho signaled that he would resign today over allegations that he solicited sex in an airport bathroom, a fellow Republican from the same remote ranchlands where Mr. Craig was born explained what the state …
William Yardley / New York Times:
Idaho Senator to Step Down Over Sex Sting  —  Concluding that his political career is over, Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho announced his resignation here today.  —  The announcement marked the end of a stunning week in which Mr. Craig fell from senior senator to Republican Party outcast …
Discussion: Pottersville
Washington Post:
Craig Is Expected To Resign Today
Discussion: TalkLeft and Fausta's blog
Joy Powell / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
19 bicyclists arrested after rally turns into melee  —  Officers watching the event in downtown Minneapolis say they were attacked, escalating the confrontation.  —  Police arrested 19 bicyclists, including three juveniles, after a protest ride took an ugly turn in downtown Minneapolis Friday night.
Discussion: Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   A Harbinger Of 2008?  —  We're almost exactly a year …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Thompson Plans to Crash This Party  —  Fred D. Thompson, the soon-to-be-official presidential contender, has come under a good deal of criticism in New Hampshire this week for scheduling his formal announcement for next Thursday morning and thus skipping the Republican debate in Manchester on Wednesday night.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TVNewser
Politico Partners / The Politico:
State of the States: Fred's coming to town
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Iraqi civilian deaths climb again  —  War-related fatalities rose in August, the second month in a row, suggesting that the U.S. troop increase has had little effect.  —  BAGHDAD — Bombings, sectarian slayings and other violence related to the war killed at least 1,773 Iraqi civilians in August …
Free Republic:
Don't frighten the horses: What Larry Craig tells conservatives about ourselves.  —  Don't frighten the horses; what Larry Craig tells conservatives about ourselves.  —  Seems to me that confusing politics and Law has led many posters into a welter of contradictions.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Compassionate conservatism - Katrina edition  —  Apparently, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina ravaging the Gulf Coast, conservatives have decided they've grown tired of the topic. … That would be the same federal government, of course, that neglected the victims before the storm hit …
Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Making Light:
Hugo!  —  Patrick's won the Hugo! —for Best Editor (long form), that is.  He just phoned from Japan to tell me.  I'll give you more news as it happens—the ceremony is still going on.  —  Yay, Patrick!  —  Rocket rocket rocket rocket rocket!
Discussion: The Sideshow
New York Times:
Bush Fights Back on Iraq Debate  —  President Bush, appearing confident about sustaining support for his Iraq strategy, met at the Pentagon on Friday with the uniformed leaders of the nation's armed services and then pointedly accused the war's opponents of politicizing the debate over what to do next.
Donna Brazile / Washington Post:
Why We Stood Up to Florida  —  Last Saturday, the Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws committee voted to enforce its rules.  It was hardly an extraordinary act, although you wouldn't know it from the furious reaction that ensued in some quarters.  —  Why the uproar?  —  It's simple: state envy.
Discussion: The Caucus
Gen Sir Mike Jackson attacks US over Iraq  —  General Sir Mike Jackson, the head of the British Army during the invasion of Iraq, has launched a scathing attack on the United States for the way it handled the post-war administration of the country.  —  The former chief of the general staff …
The Koran and non-Muslims - myths versus facts  —  Religious militants go angry and violent not because they read their religious texts, but because they focus on the harsher parts of those texts since they are already angry and violent for a myriad of reasons.  —  Mustafa Akyol
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
Swiss deportation policy draws criticism  —  GENEVA - The campaign poster was blatant in its xenophobic symbolism: Three white sheep kicking out a black sheep over a caption that read "for more security."  The message was not from a fringe force in Switzerland's political scene but from its largest party.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
UP IS DOWN AND VICE-VERSA....Juan Cole is pissed: … I'll leave that last question to Atrios, who, if memory serves, is pretty good at answering questions like that.  My part in this is simpler.  Prof. Cole wants someone to turn his troop fatality numbers into a graph to make it clear exactly …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Sadly, No!
Juan Cole:
Arguments over Night of the Living Dead in Iraq
Discussion: The American Street
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Immigrant Crackdown Halted
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Karl Rove / National Review Online:
The Long View  —  The Washington Post scorned President Truman as a …
Ezra Klein:
A Hypothetical  —  What would happen if Larry Craig came …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Justice Opens Investigation Of Hsu
Discussion: Macsmind
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Rachel Maddow's Campaign Asylum: Hookers Hookers Everywhere!
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Jeremy Rabkin / Weekly Standard:
How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Sink the U.S. Navy?
Discussion: Power Line
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Degeneres/Clinton'08?  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton: former first lady …
Mike / The Monkey Tennis Centre:
BBC still lying about Lebanon war casualties
John Antczak / Associated Press:
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
As Her Star Wanes, Rice Tries to Reshape Legacy