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1:25 AM ET, September 8, 2007


 Top Items: 
Theresa Cook / Political Radar:
New OBL Tape: Iraq, Democratic Control  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Pierre Thomas, Luis Martinez and Theresa Cook Report: ABC News has obtained a transcript of the latest taped message from the United States' most wanted terrorist, and a senior U.S. intelligence official has confirmed to ABC News that …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBL  —  As I skimmed the transcript of the new bin Laden tape with its discussion of global warming, subprime credit woes, Noam Chomsky, Richard Perle, the low tax nirvana of Islam and a bunch of other stuff, I could not help feeling sad again about how we gave this joker a new lease on life by invading Iraq.
Bush: Bin Laden's video underscores threats  —  Al-Qaida chief criticizes Dems over Iraq, urges Americans to embrace Islam  —  SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush said Saturday that Osama bin Laden's first video appearance in three years is a reminder of "the dangerous world in which we live."
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
New Videotape From Bin Laden; Al Qaeda's No. 1 Still Alive  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe the video message from Osama bin Laden is authentic, recently produced and evidence the al Qaeda leader is still alive.  —  According to government sources …
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
"(AP) Thompson campaign bus rumbles through rural Iowa"  —  Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson defended his support for the war in Iraq on Friday, saying public support for the war is beginning to grow.  —  Thompson was in Iowa, where he started the day meeting with residents …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Thompson Calls bin Laden "Symbolic"; Draws GOP Fire
Agence France Presse:   Al-Qaeda planning fresh attacks on US: CIA chief
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:   Osama bin Laden's Record on Economic Issues
Robert / Jihad Watch:
Only his hairdresser knows for sure
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Sadly, No! and Reuters
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Madeleine L'Engle, Children's Writer, Is Dead  —  Madeleine L'Engle, who in writing more than 60 books, including childhood fables, religious meditations and science fiction, weaved emotional tapestries transcending genre and generation, died Thursday in Connecticut.  She was 88.
Cara Rubinsky / Associated Press:
'A Wrinkle in Time' author L'Engle dies
Discussion: Gawker and GINA COBB
The Corner:
Madeleine L'Engle at Home
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Rudy: Illegal immigration not a crime  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said illegal immigration is not a crime, prompting rival Mitt Romney to accuse him of not taking the problem seriously.  —  The two have clashed for weeks over illegal immigration …
Discussion: Say Anything, MyDD and Riehl World View
The Glenn Beck Program:
GLENN BECK PROGRAM BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  GLENN: Welcome to the program.  Mayor Giuliani, how are you?  —  GIULIANI: Nice to talk to you.  —  GLENN: Rudy, first of all, loved you in the debate.  I saw the polls and people disagree with me.  They thought you were talking about New York too much.
Faiz / Think Progress:
New Twist In Saga Over 'Petraeus Report': There Will Be No Report  —  In the latest twist to the ongoing saga over the White House report, a senior military official tells the Washington Times today that there will actually be no report at all: … To recap, first the public was incorrectly led …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Bush has bad day at Sydney Opera House  —  SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House.  —  He'd only reached the third sentence of Friday's speech to business leaders, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.
The Raw Story:
Video: Dazed Bush forgets where he is  —  Want to get the news the media buries?  Get Raw headlines in your browser.  President Bush's trademark struggles with the finer points of public speaking were on full display Friday, when he thanked his "Austrian" hosts for inviting him to this year's "OPEC" summit.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OVER THE TOP, EVEN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE  —  Maybe there is a limit as to how far the White House will—or can—go to spin the situation on the ground in Iraq as positive.  —  On his way to the APEC conference in Australia this week, President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq.
Discussion: Needlenose
White House:
President Bush Attends APEC Business Summit
Discussion: The Rude Pundit and First Draft
Drudge Report:
'GREEN' GORE GOES GULFSTREAM: VIDEO CATCHES ECO-WARRIOR ON LUXURY PRIVATE JET  —  As former Vice President Al Gore waits to hear if he has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless effort on climate change, a new video will air this weekend capturing Gore on a fuel-guzzling private jet!
Kos / Daily Kos:
Where are Obama and Clinton?  —  So where are the two "front runner" candidates on Iraq?  Have they conquered their fear and actually said something of substance regarding the pre-emptive capitulation bill?  —  Well, there's certainly nothing at Obama's blog, which tells us that Obama …
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Doolittle: 'I am running again.  Period.'  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. John Doolittle defiantly declared Friday that he will not retire from Congress despite increasing Republican concern that if he runs for a 10th term next year, the seat could fall to Democratic challenger Charlie Brown.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, The Fix and Calitics
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
No more Iraq funds without limits: key Democrat
Discussion: Three Wise Men
Diana West / Washington Times:
War question  —  The worst possible outcome of next week's …
Discussion: Power Line
Eoin Callan / Financial Times:
Economists fear wave of evictions on way in US
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Thompson's First Campaign Event: Unimpressive
Kos / Daily Kos:
Hillary wants withdrawal bill with teeth
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Joe Sixpack on Taxes
Peter Lattman / Law Blog:
The Curious Case Of Skilling's Really Long Appellate Brief
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Paul Krugman, Reality-Based?
Discussion: Hoffmania!
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Jim VandeHei  —  Jim VandeHei, 36, is one of the co-founders of Politico.
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
Edward L. Glaeser / Boston Globe:
Sensible solutions to the lending mess
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Antiwar Protesters Arrested in Push to Post Signs
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Job growth hits the wall as financial turmoil hits the jobs market
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Proposes Marriage Amendment to Restrain Judges
The Independent:
Switzerland: Europe's heart of darkness?
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Off to the Races  —  Surprisingly, the Republican presidential campaign comes into focus.