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2:25 PM ET, September 3, 2007


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Bush makes surprise visit to Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — President Bush greeted his war commanders with salutes Monday during a surprise visit to a U.S. air base in Iraq's Anbar province.  —  Air Force One touched down at Al Asad Air Base at 3:43 p.m. (7:43 a.m. EDT) under a blazing sun.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Bush, Advisers Make Surprise Visit to Iraq  —  AL ASAD AIRBASE, Anbar Province, Iraq, Sept. 3 — On the eve of major administration decisions on U.S. strategy in Iraq, President Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and top U.S. military leaders including …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Bush/Cheney in Iraq: Winning By Failing  —  The chart at left (click on it to enlarge) was compiled by The Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum in response to Juan Cole's assessment of claims the surge is a "success."  I guess the President's sneak visit to Iraq this morning …
Discussion: New York Times
Jules Crittenden:
Bush in Iraq  —  NPR reporting he's landed, enroute to an econmic summit in Australia.  Web reports now coming in.  —  AP: He's in Anbar, landed at Al-Asad.  —  CNN here, BBC here.  More on-air from Beeb, currently reporting he's expected to meet with al-Maliki and Sunni tribal leaders who've joined …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Bush and Top Aides Visit Iraq Days Ahead of Assessment  —  President Bush and his top national security advisers made a surprise joint visit to Iraq today for talks with Gen. David H. Petraeus and top Iraqi officials a week before the American commander is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited assessment of the situation in Iraq.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bush Drops By Iraq
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Video: President Bush's Surprise Photo Op In Iraq
Discussion: Reuters
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Bush Makes Surprise Iraq Visit
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
Bush sneaks into Iraq
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Associated Press:
President Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
Discussion: Power Line
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
John Edwards: "you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years."  —  Edwards' universal health care proposal ignores individual autonomy: … So, the mental health check is mandatory too?  Why does he not even realize how bad that sounds?  He's so warmed up about the generous benefits he's promising …
Discussion: Hot Air and Charlie Foxtrot
Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:
Edwards backs mandatory preventive care  —  TIPTON, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.  —  "It requires that everybody be covered.
John Edwards for President:
Edwards Receives Support Of Steelworkers And Mine Workers Unions
Discussion: AFL-CIO Weblog
Daily Mail:
Soldiers evacuate babies from Israeli daycare centre as Islamic Jihad rockets fall  —  Soldiers scrambled to evacuate babies from a day care center in rocket-scarred Sderot today after a projectile fired by Palestinian militants thudded into the courtyard.  —  None of the 15 babies at the center was hurt.
Denver Post:
Doug Lamborn's voice messages to Jonathan and Anna Bartha  —  The following is a text of two voice messages that Rep. Doug Lamborn left on the home telephone of Jonathan and Anna Bartha.  —  FIRST MESSAGE: "Hello, this is Doug Lamborn calling for either Jonathan or Anna.  Something very serious has happened.
Zappatero / Daily Kos:
CO-05: Republican Congressman threatens local couple
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Republican Congressman Threatens Couple
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
LAMBORN LASHES OUT  —  As a rule, members of Congress try …
Washington Post:
When Controversy Follows Cash  —  Some Fundraisers With Legal Issues Slip Through Campaigns' Vetting  —  Sant S. Chatwal, an Indian American businessman, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaigns, even as he battled governments on two continents …
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee: I can take on Clinton  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) …
Discussion: The Swamp
Nick Gillespie / New York Times:
Democratic Vistas  —  With the possible exception of the Republicans, is there a major political party more stupefyingly brain-dead than the Democrats?  That's the ultimate takeaway from "The Argument," Matt Bai's sharply written, exhaustively reported and thoroughly depressing account of …
Discussion: The Corner and Dr. Sanity
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Transformed By Her Bond With Bush  —  Rice's Loyalty Brings Power and Pitfalls  —  It was just two days after President Bush's reelection in 2004, and Condoleezza Rice was planning her move back home to California and to the tranquility of life at Stanford University.  —  But Bush had other plans.
Chris Hawley / Arizona Republic:
Strong words for America, stern warnings for Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY - Mexico's president drew a standing ovation from legislators as he chided Americans for new border fences and their "humiliating treatment" of illegal immigrants during his State of the Union speech on Sunday.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Snow Job in the Desert  —  It appears that many influential people in this country have learned nothing from the last five years.
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