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9:55 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] …
National Review Online:
Kagan: The Gettysburg of This War  —  Anbar is, indeed, a unique province in Iraq.  Its population is almost entirely Sunni, and tribal structures remain unusually strong in a country where they have generally been weakened by years of secular, totalitarian rule.
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Bush Pays Surprise Visit to Reality
Discussion: Lonewacko
White House:   President Bush Visits and Thanks Troops in Anbar Province
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush addresses the troops in Anbar
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 …
Gateway Pundit:
Hsu-nami News: Norman Hsu Linked to China Missile Trader  —  World Net Daily is reporting today on the links between Norman Hsu and Bernard L. Schwartz, the well known China missile trader: … Hat Tip Cornhusker  —  Loral's Bernard Schwartz with President Clinton during a June 1997 Democratic fund-raiser in Washington.
Hillary's donor linked to China missile trader
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 and JammieWearingFool
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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Bush book walks line of accuracy, sympathy
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:   Bush in new book: 'I do a lot of crying in this job'
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.
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: Israel Matzav and A Blog For All
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 …
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 …
Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
Blogging from APSA: The New Originalism  —  I am back in Washington, DC, where I'm visiting at Georgetown for the Fall Semester after four days in Chicago for American Political Science Association annual meeting.  This year's APSA really has a buzz—and some really fine panels on constitutional theory.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balkinization
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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
White Flour!  —  Via Perlstein, here's a hilarious story about a Klan rally.  For real. … This is the funniest thing I've read in years.  It's perfect, sublime.  —  And if this part is true, then it makes my year:
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 …
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Democratic Vistas  —  With the possible exception of the Republicans …
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Transformed By Her Bond With Bush