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6:55 PM ET, September 3, 2007

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CNN:
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] …
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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 …
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
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Combat deaths in Iraq decline; reasons aren't clear  —  WASHINGTON — American combat deaths in Iraq have dropped by half in the three months since the buildup of 28,000 additional U.S. troops reached full strength, surprising analysts and dividing them as to why.
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with his commanders and top Iraqi officials, President Bush raised the possibility that some American troops could be withdrawn from Iraq if security there continues to improve.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bush Drops By Iraq  —  George Bush decided to kick-start the September debate on Iraq by getting his own feet on the ground in Anbar.  He'll visit the troops, but more importantly meet directly with Nouri al-Maliki to determine how well the newly-announced political reform agreement is faring …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Bush/Cheney in Iraq: Winning By Failing
McQ / QandO:   TROOP COMBAT DEATHS DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Video: President Bush's Surprise Photo Op In Iraq
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and Reuters
White House:   President Bush Visits and Thanks Troops in Anbar Province
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
WHAT EXIT?  FALLUJAH!  —  JERSEY MARINES DO U.S. PROUD  —  Jersey rules.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush addresses the troops in Anbar
Discussion: Take Our Country Back
Associated Press:
President Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
Discussion: Wizbang and Power Line
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.
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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 …
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.
Newsweek:
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 …
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 Captain's Quarters
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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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Republican Congressman Threatens Couple
Discussion: Colorado Confidential
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 …
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 …
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