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8:20 AM ET, September 5, 2007


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Idaho Statesman:
UPDATED 7:25 p.m. — Craig may not quit after all if he's cleared of charges, spokesman says  —  Sen. Larry Craig says he may fight to keep his job in the U.S. Senate after all.  —  "Basically, as he stated on Saturday, Senator Craig intends to resign on Sept. 30th," said his spokesman Dan Whiting via e-mail Tuesday night.
John Miller / Associated Press:
Craig reconsidering decision to resign  —  BOISE, Idaho - Sen. Larry Craig says he may still fight for his Senate seat, a spokesman says — if the lawmaker can clear his name with the Senate Ethics Committee and a Minnesota court where he pleaded guilty after his arrest in an airport men's room sex sting.
AP: Craig Reconsiders Decision to Resign  —  AP NewsBreak: Idaho Sen. Craig Reconsidering Decision to Resign in Uproar Over Sex Sting  —  Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening.
New York Times:
Craig Said to Consider Not Resigning  —  Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho opened the door Tuesday to returning to the Senate, creating another twist in his unfolding political drama and raising the possibility of an ugly showdown with national Republican leaders.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Arlen!  —  I'm really not sure I've ever seen such a bizarre story.  Via McJoan at DailyKos I found this story at the Idaho Statesman, which, well ... there's really not explaining this ...  For what it's worth I went to the Roll Call site and I didn't see any story about this.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
ID-Sen: Tough it out, Larry!
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Firedoglake and MyDD
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Sex scandal senator reconsiders quitting
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Blog P.I.
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Craig a no-show as Senate reconvenes
Discussion: Say Anything
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment: You have no remaining credibility about Iraq, sir.  —  Keith Olbermann's Special Comment tonight is without a doubt, one of his hardest hitting and most emotional to date.  Keith absolutely lays waste to President Bush's lies and rhetoric about the surge.
Washington Post:
Military Officials in Iraq Fault GAO Report  —  A bleak portrait of the political and security situation in Iraq released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office sparked sharp protests from the top U.S. military command in Baghdad, whose officials described it as flawed and "factually incorrect."
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:   Bush faces political clash over war plan
Associated Press:
Advisers Tell Bush to Stand Pat on Iraq
Discussion: MyDD and Captain's Quarters
Horses Mouth:
Oh, man, this is an unsightly one indeed.  —  Take a look at this video of CNN's Kyra Phillips reporting today on the big GAO report finding that the Iraqi government has only met three of 18 benchmarks for measuring political progress.  Phillips wonders whether this really carries any …
Frederick W. Kagan / Weekly Standard:
What's Wrong with the GAO Report  —  Measuring failure—or the failures of measuring.  —  At first glance—as those who leaked it last week saw—the Government Accountability Office's report on Iraq, released today, paints a dark view of progress and prospects in Iraq.
David McHugh / Associated Press:
3 terror suspects arrested in Germany  —  BERLIN - Three suspected Islamic militants were arrested for allegedly plotting "imminent" and "massive" attacks on the Ramstein Air Base, a major U.S. and NATO military hub, and Frankfurt's busy international airport, German authorities said Wednesday.
Pajamas Media:
Discussion: The Corner and Guardian
Washington Times:
The next war?  —  BERN, Switzerland.  —  After a brief interruption of his New Hampshire vacation to meet President Bush in the family compound at Kenebunkport, Maine, French President Nicolas Sarkozy came away convinced his U.S. counterpart is serious about bombing Iran's secret nuclear facilities.
Discussion: Group News Blog
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
STATE SECRETS  —  Is the D.C. Madam attempting to raise the graymail defense?  Or is it the throw-everything-against-a-wall-and- see-what sticks defense?  From the WaPo: … I'm not sure where this is going.  A grand unified theory of scandal, perhaps?  Warrantless wiretapping of Muslim men …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Accused D.C. Madam Cites National Security
Discussion: DCist
Martin Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Is Clinton's candidacy blocking the "Path to 9/11?"  —  Screenwriter of docudrama says ABC exec said delay has been prompted by unflattering portrayal of previous administration.  —  Among the nearly two dozen television DVDs slated for nationwide release on Sept. 11 is the second season of …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
WHY SHOULD LARRY CRAIG RESIGN?:  OK, so he was caught soliciting sex in a public restroom.  Not so good.  But compare that with behavior by other Senators that is not leading to any resignations:  —  (1) Violating their oath to uphold the Constitution, by voting for legislation they believe …
Discussion: The Corner
Time to Head to Congress  —  Gen. Petraeus Preps for Much-Anticipated Iraq Progress Report  —  The top military general in Iraq hinted to ABC's Martha Raddatz that next week's much-anticipated report on the status of the troop surge in Iraq would include a recommendation for troop reduction in March …
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