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5:45 PM ET, September 7, 2007

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Theresa Cook / Political Radar:
New OBL Tape: Iraq, Democratic Control  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: ABC News has obtained a transcript of the latest taped message from Osama bin Laden.  —  Sources tell ABC News the tape, bin Laden's first message in three years, is approximately 30 minutes long, and does not contain overt threats to the United States.
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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 …
MSNBC:
Dems criticized in purported bin Laden video  —  U.S. urged to embrace Islam to end Iraq conflict; no specific threat made  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats were criticized in a purported video by Osama bin Laden for failing to stop the Iraq conflict.  The video, obtained Friday by the U.S. government …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
U.S. intel: New Osama tape is authentic and recently produced; Update: Transcript — Osama slams Dems for failing to end war, praises Chomsky, laments ... global warming; Update: Full transcript added  —  A signal to attack? … Richard Clarke says he thinks the beard looks fake.
Agence France Presse:
Al-Qaeda planning fresh attacks on US: CIA chief
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Osama Scolds Democrats For Not Surrendering
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rusty / The Jawa Report:   UBL Video Intercepted!  UPDATE: bin Laden Praises Chomsky/Left/Antiwar Voters!
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 …
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Report?  What Report?  —  In case you wanted to fact check Petraeus's report to Bush, compare it to his testimony before Congress, or do a comparison between what Petraeus tells Bush and what the White House writes, forget about it: … Meanwhile, at the Weekly Standard, Michael Goldfarb writes:
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Off to the Races  —  Surprisingly, the Republican presidential campaign comes into focus.  —  This week the Republican candidates for the presidency tried to make it new again.  Summer's over, autumn's here, they're relaunching.  I think they pretty much succeeded.  Their debate Wednesday night had sparks and fire.
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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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister and Hecate
Catherine Donaldson-Evans / Fox News:
G.I. Joe to Become Global Task Force in Movie  —  Say it ain't so, G.I. Joe.  —  The popular all-American comic-book military man and action figure dating back to the 1940s is undergoing a significant transformation for the Paramount Pictures-distributed "G.I. Joe" film …
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!
 
 
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Morris says Fred Thompson was afraid being a "Lobbyist" would hurt him in '94
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Brian Blackstone / Wall Street Journal:
Payrolls Fall for First Time Since 2003, Likely Pressuring Fed to Cut Rates
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
epi.org:
Job growth hits the wall as financial turmoil hits the jobs market
The Atlantic Online:
The Tenuous Tenuousness of the Tenuous Case for Patience
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Hagel to announce plans on Monday
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
HIV Loosens Tribe's Resistance to Circumcision
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Proposes Marriage Amendment to Restrain Judges
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Malia Rulon / Cincinnati Enquirer:
Some of Schmidt column copied
Discussion: Think Progress
Chicago Tribune:
Inside Rep. Weller's Nicaragua land deal
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and TIME
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Who is Hsu? Captured Fundraiser Didn't Vote
The Independent:
Switzerland: Europe's heart of darkness?
Scott Horton / Harper's:
U.S. Attorneys Scandal-Milwaukee
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
The Case of the Disappearing Bees May Be Solved
Discussion: Corrente
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Hardline takeover of British mosques