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8:20 PM ET, September 3, 2007


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Bush: Lower troop levels in Iraq may be possible  —  AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (CNN) — President Bush made a surprise visit to an Iraqi air base Monday, saying fewer U.S. forces may be able to maintain security at its current level.  —  "Gen. [David] Petraeus and Ambassador [Ryan] …
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Bush Pays Surprise Visit to Reality  —  President George W. Bush departed from his planned itinerary on Labor Day to make a surprise visit to reality, later calling the two-hour stop in the real world "informative."  —  For Mr. Bush, the visit to reality, while brief, was still significant …
Discussion: Lonewacko
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 …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Bush, in Iraq, Sees Possible Reduction in Troop Levels  —  On a surprise visit to Iraq today for meetings with his commanders and top Iraqi officials, President Bush raised the possibility that some American troops could be withdrawn from Iraq if security there continues to improve.
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Combat deaths in Iraq decline; reasons aren't clear
McQ / QandO:
Discussion: Say Anything
White House:   President Bush Visits and Thanks Troops in Anbar Province
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush addresses the troops in Anbar
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BUSH'S BRAIN....The Washington Post has more dirt from Robert Draper's new Bush bio, Dead Certain, today.  Turns out Karl Rove didn't want Bush to pick Dick Cheney as VP but Bush figured it couldn't do any harm.  Score one for Karl.  Rove also had doubts about appointing Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Power Line and The Impolitic
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:   Bush in new book: 'I do a lot of crying in this job'
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Bush book walks line of accuracy, sympathy
Financial Times:
Chinese military hacked into Pentagon  —  By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Richard McGregor in Beijing  —  The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American ­officials.
James Tapper / Daily Mail:
Ouch!  The moment Piers Morgan broke three ribs falling off the Segway he said was 'idiot-proof'  —  If he didn't believe in karma before, Piers Morgan must surely do now.  —  The ex-newspaper editor, now a columnist for The Mail on Sunday's Live magazine, took great delight in making fun …
Discussion: Gay Patriot
Rob / Say Anything:
Your Moment Of Schadenfreude For Today: Bush-Mocking Journalist Piers Morgan Gets His  —  He delighted in mocking the President for falling off his Segway, even going so far as to ask Bush if he felt "only an idiot" could fall off one, but when he tries it himself...  "Only an idiot," indeed.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
PALESTINIANS LAUNCH ROCKET ATTACK ON ISRAELI DAY CARE CENTER  —  Earlier today, Palestinians launched a Kassam rocket attack against the Israeli town of Sderot; a total of seven rockets landed in and around Sderot, one of them in the courtyard of a day care center.  The Jerusalem Post reports here.
Discussion: A Blog For All
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 …
White House: Why Gonzales Bailed  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told friends he resigned last week at the urging of his wife following a summer vacation.  But he had plenty of reasons to leave the capital.  Just days earlier, congressional leaders had signaled they intended to keep …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Mexican President Assails U.S. Measures on Migrants  —  President Felipe Calderón harshly criticized the United States government on Sunday for the recent crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying it has led to the persecution of immigrant workers without visas.
Discussion: Central Sanity
Arthur St. Antoine / Motor Trend Blog:
Give Up Your SUV — And Other Nauseating Hypocrisy  —  You can't make this stuff up, folks.  Last week, during a speech to a labor group in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told the crowd: "One of the things [Americans] should be asked to do is drive more fuel-efficient vehicles."
Discussion: Andrew Bolt
David Sirota / WorkingForChange:
Discovering Labor's Untold Story: A Labor Day Reading List  —  Last night, I officially turned in 70 percent of my next book.  Its working title is The Uprising and it is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2008.  I won't say much more about it now, other than to say it is very different …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Is Craig really a hypocrite?  —  IDAHO isn't Massachusetts, so as soon as the story of his bathroom escapade broke it was clear that Senator Larry Craig would soon be needing new business cards.  Except for those elected from the Bay State, US senators and representatives involved in sex scandals …
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Freed Scholar Leaves Iran; Another Still Held
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
LABOR DAY IN IRAQ....Ever since World War II, American labor unions …
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