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3:55 AM ET, September 4, 2007


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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.
Hillary's donor linked to China missile trader  —  Aerospace mogul Bernard Schwartz acted as Hsu's patron on college board  —  A shady Chinese megadonor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has close ties to an aerospace mogul accused of placing his business interests before national security …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Power Line and JammieWearingFool
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bush book walks line of accuracy, sympathy  —  Students of politics and especially George Walker Bush will want to run, not walk, to their local bookstore this week to pick up "Dead Certain."  —  The portions picked up by the New York Times yesterday and Washington Post today don't do it justice.
Mmstewart / CNN Political Ticker:   Bush in new book: 'I do a lot of crying in this job'
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Envoy's Letters Counter Bush on Plan for Iraq  —  A previously undisclosed exchange of letters shows that President Bush was told in advance by his top Iraq envoy in May 2003 of a plan to "dissolve Saddam's military and intelligence structures," a plan that the envoy, L. Paul Bremer, said referred to dismantling the Iraqi Army.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
In the Age of Terror, Isn't Busting Toe-Tappers an Insane Use of Our Law Enforcement Resources?  —  In the consensus judgment of America's 16 intelligence agencies, the terrorist threat to our homeland is "persistent and evolving," placing our country in "a heightened threat environment."
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Union Endorsement Scorecard  —  Pursuant to Labor Day, and with the steelworkers and miners endorsing Edwards, here is the updated union endorsement scorecard:  — Edwards: United Steel Workers, United Mine Workers of America, International Brotherhood of Carpenters.  2.3 million combined members.
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland
Theodore Dalrymple / The Social Affairs Unit:
The Unintended Consequences of Foreign Aid: Theodore Dalrymple explains how Western policies have poisoned the water supplies of 70 million in Bangladesh  —  Well-intentioned policies can have disastrous outcomes.  Theodore Dalrymple explains how philanthropic Western policies have poisoned …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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
The Corner:
Cruising  —  A few liberal readers have taken offense to my suggestion that the "left" doesn't object to anonymous cruising for gay sex in public places.  I wrote: "Since most on the Left think Craig's alleged sexual liaisons are perfectly benign, they shouldn't object."
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 …
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:
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Cassandra / Villainous Company:
Sunday Reading … Glenn Reynolds points to an outstanding article …
Discussion: Classical Values
My maths skills show we're safe, says Iranian leader
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Grim Old Party
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Mexican President Assails U.S. Measures on Migrants
Discussion: Central Sanity
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Clinton, Obama, and Dodd's Wrestling Match Over US-Cuba Relations
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Freed Scholar Leaves Iran; Another Still Held
Hindrocket / Power Line:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
LABOR DAY IN IRAQ....Ever since World War II, American labor unions …
'Apologies, but no regrets,' says Flemming Rose revisiting the 'Mohammad ...
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Bush Pays Surprise Visit to Reality
Discussion: Lonewacko
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
The Facts on Emissions, or a Lot of Hot Air?
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Is Craig really a hypocrite?
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Video: President Bush's Surprise Photo Op In Iraq
Daily Mail:
Public 'wary of green tax motives'