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1:55 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and Take Our Country Back
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 …
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.
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'
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Bush Pays Surprise Visit to Reality
Discussion: Lonewacko
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.
Invalid Article on National Review Online:
The Gettysburg of This War
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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."
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Envoy's Letters Counter Bush on Dismantling of Iraq Army  —  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 …
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
Jan Crawford / Legalities:
A Labor Fools' Day Story  —  Today is Labor Day, and not April 1st, but I have to say I thought someone was trying to play a joke on all of us when I saw the front page of this morning's Washington Post.  Leading the paper is a story about journalist Robert Draper's new book, Dead Certain …
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."
Discussion: alicublog
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 …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Grim Old Party  —  During the summer, a female acquaintance of mine in her 70s who had been a faithful Republican during her long life received a GOP telephone solicitation as a previous contributor to the party.  Not this time.  She informed the fundraiser that President Bush's position on immigration was the last straw.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
Nick Gillespie / New York Times:
Democratic Vistas  —  With the possible exception of the Republicans …
Discussion: The Corner and Dr. Sanity
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:
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Video: President Bush's Surprise Photo Op In Iraq  —  The first video is in from Bush's surprise visit to a remote and heavily guarded air base in Iraq's western Anbar Province and it truly speaks volumes.  It's clear that this was nothing more than a chance for the president to use the troops as props …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Bush, in Iraq, Sees Possible Reduction in Troop Levels
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
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 …
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
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