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5:35 PM ET, September 5, 2007


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Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Rep. Gillmor dies  —  Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio) passed away suddenly Tuesday night, according to his office.  He was 68.  —  According to an inter-conference email obtained by The Hill, Gillmor did not show up to the office this morning causing his staff to become concerned.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Gillmor found dead in apartment  —  Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio), a 10-term congressman from northwest Ohio, has died at the age of 68.  —  Gillmor, who just returned to Washington after the monthlong recess, did not show up at his office today.  His staff went to check in at his apartment and found that he had died.
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Ohio congressman found dead in apartment
Discussion: CNN
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hsu On The Lam — Again
Discussion: A Blog For All and Fausta's blog
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
Craig Moves to Block Senate Ethics Panel Complaint  —  Lawyers for Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho delivered a letter to the Senate ethics committee today asking the committee to reject a complaint relating to his guilty plea in an airport sex sting operation.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: GOP Senate Leader McConnell Says Craig Won't Resign If Cleared  —  Crazier and crazier.  Now GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell has gone and said at a press conference and said that Larry Craig won't be resigning if he's ultimately exonerated of the charges against him.
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
McConnell: Craig wants full term
Discussion: Reason Magazine
National Review:
The Fallout From Jim Mills' Departure May Really Hurt Thompson  —  Jim Mills' departure from the Thompson campaign is actually even bigger than it looks.  Not that Thompson couldn't function without Mills — he only been in the office for a week, I understand — but the aftershocks are huge.
Fred Thompson / The Trail:
More Departures For Thompson Team
John King / CNN:   Thompson will officially join 2008 race tonight
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Attack  —  It may well happen in Europe and it may well look like this: … Congrats to the Germans.  Some obvious points: these men are educated, two of three are German nationals, all seem to have been trained not in Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, a putative ally.
David McHugh / Associated Press:
Germans arrest 3 in alleged terror plot
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn dies at 66  —  Jennifer Dunn, a former six-term member of Congress, former chairwoman of the Washington State Republican Party and one of the state GOP's most respected members, died Wednesday, her family announced.  She was 66.
Discussion: The Politico and Wonkette
Opinion Journal:
MoveOn vs. Democrats  —  Punishing Congressmen for reporting what they see in Iraq.  —  In the Hell Hath No Fury sweepstakes, groups like are gearing up to take on a new set of perceived traitors in their midst—Democrats who have acknowledged some success from the troop surge in Iraq.
Washington Post:
New Book Details Cheney Lawyer's Efforts to Expand Executive Power  —  Vice President Cheney's top lawyer pushed relentlessly to expand the powers of the executive branch and repeatedly derailed efforts to obtain congressional approval for aggressive anti-terrorism policies for fear …
USA Today:
Nuclear warheads mistakenly flown on B-52  —  A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with at least five nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30, resulting in an Air Force-wide investigation, according to three officers who asked not to be identified …
Gretel C. Kovach / New York Times:
Musician Is Killed for Banging on a Door  —  A Texas rock musician was shot to death here early Monday by a neighbor who fired through a closed door, thinking he was scaring off a burglar.  —  The incident occurred just three days after a new law took effect strengthening the right of Texans …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush 'Still Believed Saddam Possessed WMD' In April 2006  —  In Oct. 2004, President Bush finally admitted that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction: "Iraq did not have the weapons that our intelligence believed were there."  —  Yet according to former White House chief of staff Andy Card …
Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god  —  KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.
Discussion: Main and Central
Bill / INDCJournal:
"We like you!"  —  I'm still in the middle of my Civil Affairs (CAG) embed, and the ongoing missions coupled with intermittent power and internet access in my current billet make writing difficult.  Polished commentary will be a few days out.  But a quick teaser: the positive change in Fallujah since my January visit is astounding.
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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
U.S. report rips Iraqi Interior Ministry, police
Discussion: WCBS-TV and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / The Politico:
So who's the warthog?  —  Bill Clinton's talk with Letterman …
Evan Feinberg / Heritage Foundation:
How Members of Congress Practice Private School Choice
Discussion: Bluey Blog
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Did Souter cry over 2000 recount vote?
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Terrorist Training Camps in Iran
Discussion: Power Line
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Authorities investigating paddling allegations against Judge Thomas
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Is John Dingell Really Up To?
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Republican Forecast: Cloudy
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Democrats unveil a file on Romney
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
The Magic Touch?  —  Winfrey Lends Her Brand and Her Empire …
Doug Conway / New Zealand Herald:
Bush has a back-up or two for his jumbo
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rep. Lamborn apologizes
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Bush Profiled: Big Ideas, Tiny Details
Andrew Glass / The Politico:
Why can't we all practice Broderism?
Martin Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Is Clinton's candidacy blocking the "Path to 9/11?"