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9:50 AM ET, September 7, 2007


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San Francisco Chronicle:
Fugitive fundraiser captured in Colorado tonight  —  (09-06) 20:52 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing in a fraud scheme, was apprehended tonight by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo.
Washington Post:
Ex-Fugitive's Fundraising Talent Put Him on Democrats' A-List  —  Last week, before his world came crashing down, Norman Hsu helped organize a breakfast meeting in San Francisco with prospective donors.  The featured attraction was Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
Daily Sentinel:
Disgraced Democratic donor arrested in Grand Junction
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
New York Times:
Petraeus, Seeing Gains in Iraq as Fragile, Is Wary of Cuts  —  Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, has told President Bush that he wants to maintain heightened troop levels in Iraq well into next year to reduce the risk of military setbacks, but could accept the pullback …
Washington Post:
Petraeus Open to Pullout of 1 Brigade  —  Top General in Iraq Said to Favor Caution  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has indicated a willingness to consider a drawdown of one brigade of between 3,500 and 4,500 U.S. troops from Iraq early next year, with more to follow over the next months based …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Swamp Gas, September 7, 2007
Discussion: The Hill
Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
Paul Krugman: Time to Take a Stand  —  Here's what will definitely happen when Gen. David Petraeus testifies before Congress next week: he'll assert that the surge has reduced violence in Iraq — as long as you don't count Sunnis killed by Sunnis, Shiites killed by Shiites …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BURIED LEDE ALERT....Fred Kaplan has a good piece in Slate today about the upcoming Petraeus report and what Congress needs to ask about it.  But I was more taken by an astonishing statement at the end of the piece from Stephen Biddle, a member of Petraeus's advisory panel.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Corrente
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
What Congress Needs To Ask Petraeus and Crocker  —  IF WE'RE STAYING IN IRAQ, WE NEED TO KNOW WHY.  —  The globe will resume spinning on its axis next week, as Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker deliver their long-awaited report on conditions in Iraq.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Thompson Runs to The Right  —  Fred D. Thompson took his bid for the White House to the campaign trail Thursday, vowing to compete aggressively for the support of Iowans and pitching steady, experienced and conservative leadership.  —  "I still have the same common-sense conservative beliefs …
New York Times:
For Thompson, Goal Is to Don Reagan Mantle
Bin Laden to issue video as 9/11 anniversary approaches  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — As al Qaeda's media production company touted the imminent release of a new video from Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials began dismissing the tape as propaganda Thursday.  —  "Soon, God willing …
Discussion: Central Sanity
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Groups: Bin Laden plans video on 9/11
Rob / Say Anything:
More On Ed Schultz's Bar Fight  —  Earlier this evening I wrote a post about North Dakota and national radio personality (and Democrat mouthpiece) Ed Schultz getting into an altercation with Kevin Nagle.  Upon first hearing of the story, something just didn't seem right.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: IN-FORUM and Captain's Quarters
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Hardline takeover of British mosques  —  Almost half of Britain's mosques are under the control of a hardline Islamic sect whose leading preacher loathes Western values and has called on Muslims to "shed blood" for Allah, an investigation by The Times has found.
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Gallup Ranks the 2008 Candidates According to a Feeling Thermometer  —  Obama rated the most positively by Americans; Hillary enjoys broadest partisan support  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Using a "feeling thermometer" rating scale, Gallup recently tested the public images of several of the Republican …
Discussion: The Swamp and The American Pundit
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Killing her softly with his song  —  Barack Obama wants to transform politics.  But can he defeat Hillary Clinton by casting her as the divider and himself as the uniter?  —  Barack Obama speaks with local residents in Storm Lake, Iowa, on Sept. 5.  —  Barack Obama has long been searching …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Dave / The Boise Guardian:
Craig Bungling Continues
Discussion: In The Pink Texas
S. Korean leader presses Bush on ending war
Discussion: Hot Air
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
The Case of the Disappearing Bees May Be Solved
Joe Katzman / Winds of Change.NET:
Military Transformation Uplink: September 2007
International Herald Tribune:
Independent panel sees progress by Iraqi Army
Jim Moore / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Go 2 Guy: Seahawks duo blitzed by Bush backlash
Discussion: Don Surber
Associated Press:
Justice Department opposes 'net neutrality'
Jules Crittenden:
I See London, I See France
Discussion: Daily Mail
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Phil Brennan /
Haditha Video Doctored by Investigators
Steve Jobs / Apple:
To all iPhone customers:  —  I have received hundreds of emails …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Democratic retreat on Iraq?
Aussie Dave / Israellycool:
Latest Developments  —  Syria is considering its response …
Abigail Thernstrom / Opinion Journal:
The Massacre of Innocence  —  A stunning new book shows …
Alec MacGillis / The Trail:
Edwards to Offer Anti-Terror Plan Criticizing Bush and Democratic Rivals
Pew Research Center:
Clinton and Giuliani Seen as Not Highly Religious; Romney's Religion Raises Concerns
Discussion: The Trail and Hot Air
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act