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6:35 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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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 …
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   OBL  —  As I skimmed the transcript of the new bin Laden tape …
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
UBL Video Intercepted!  UPDATE: bin Laden Praises Chomsky/Left/Antiwar Voters!
Discussion: MSNBC
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Osama Scolds Democrats For Not Surrendering
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 …
Discussion: Liberty Street and Prairie Weather
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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.
Discussion: Liberty Street
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!
Haley Davies / San Francisco Chronicle:
State legislators approve same-sex marriage bill; governor expected to veto  —  (09-07) 12:58 PDT Sacramento —  For the second time in three years, the state legislature has approved a measure giving same-sex couples the right to marry in California, with today's Senate vote split along party lines …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Truthdig
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
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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Discussion: Think Progress
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Inside Rep. Weller's Nicaragua land deal
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and TIME
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The Independent:
Switzerland: Europe's heart of darkness?
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Hardline takeover of British mosques