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7:35 PM ET, September 7, 2007

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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 …
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MSNBC:
Bin Laden criticizes Democrats over Iraq  —  Intelligence officials believe video to be authentic; no specific threat made  —  WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden criticizes Democrats for failing to stop the Iraq conflict in a video, obtained Friday by the U.S. government, NBC News and other news organizations …
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.
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Osama Scolds Democrats For Not Surrendering
Discussion: GINA COBB
Agence France Presse:
Al-Qaeda planning fresh attacks on US: CIA chief
Discussion: Hot Air
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   OSAMA BIN LADEN: TERRORIST AND POLITICAL PUNDIT
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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.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Proposes Marriage Amendment to Restrain Judges  —  Speaking in Sioux City, Iowa, moments ago, Fred Thompson endorsed an amendment to the Constitution that would prevent state judges from altering the definition of marriage without the direction of their states' legislatures.
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Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
Fred Thompson's Record on Economic Issues
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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.
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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Rudy: Illegal immigration not a crime
Discussion: MyDD
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Hagel to announce plans on Monday  —  Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who is up for re-election next year, will be making an announcement on his political future Monday morning at 11:00 EST in Omaha, Nebraska.  —  Hagel hasn't announced what his decision will be, but he has hinted recently that he may be ready to step down.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
HAGEL TO DISCUSS POLITICAL FUTURE
Discussion: TPM Election Central and MyDD
Peter Hardin / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bush federal judge pick criticized  —  Getchell was not on joint list of nominees favored by Sens. Warner, Webb  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush has nominated Richmond lawyer E. Duncan Getchell Jr. to a federal appeals bench in a pick that already faces major trouble.
Discussion: Think Progress and Washington Post
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
ADVICE AND CONSENT: THE BUSH WAY
Discussion: White House and Open Left
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!
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.
The Independent:
Switzerland: Europe's heart of darkness?  —  Switzerland is known as a haven of peace and neutrality.  But today it is home to a new extremism that has alarmed the United Nations.  Proposals for draconian new laws that target the country's immigrants have been condemned as unjust and racist.
 
 
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Takes Hard Line On Pakistan, Echoes Obama's Earlier Remarks
Discussion: Needlenose
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Antiwar Protesters Arrested in Push to Post Signs
Michael Teitelbaum / CQPolitics.com:
Congressman's Death Ruled an Accident
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Morris says Fred Thompson was afraid being a "Lobbyist" would hurt him in '94
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
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Chicago Tribune:
Inside Rep. Weller's Nicaragua land deal
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and TIME
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Who Is Hsu? Captured Fundraiser Didn't Vote
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G.I. Joe to Become Global Task Force in Movie
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Go 2 Guy: Seahawks duo blitzed by Bush backlash