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9:35 AM ET, September 8, 2007


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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Thompson Calls bin Laden "Symbolic"; Draws GOP Fire  —  ABC News' Bret Hovell and Jennifer Parker report: Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., has only been an official Republican presidential candidate for a day.  But his comments are already drawing fire from his GOP rivals.
Osama Tape Adds to Pre-9/11 Jitters  —  A new Osama bin Laden video appeared.  Jihadi web sites crashed.  A German plot was foiled.  Inside the pre-9/11 jitters.  —  Getting the Gray Out: Osama bin Laden in a shot taken from a videotape aired in October of 2004 (left), and in the tape released Sept. 7.
Jake Thompson / Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel is calling it quits  —  WORLD-HERALD BUREAU, COPYRIGHT 2007 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD  —  WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel will announce Monday that he is retiring from the U.S. Senate and will not run for president next year, people close to the Nebraska Republican said Friday.
Bill Richardson / Washington Post:
Why We Should Exit Iraq Now  —  Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have suggested that there is little difference among us on Iraq.  This is not true: I am the only leading Democratic candidate committed to getting all our troops out and doing so quickly.
Discussion: Eschaton
Matthias Küntzel / Weekly Standard:
Jew-Hatred and Jihad  —  The Nazi roots of the 9/11 attack.  —  The idea of using suicide pilots to obliterate the skyscrapers of Manhattan originated in 1940s Berlin.  "In the latter stages of the war, I never saw Hitler so beside himself as when, as if in a delirium …
Discussion: Power Line
The Corner:
Madeleine L'Engle at Home  —  You know her as the author of A Wrinkle in Time — possibly the best and most memorable young person's novel written in the United States since World War II.  If you're lucky, you read or sampled a dozen or more of the 60-odd books she wrote for children and adults …
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
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Countrywide to cut up to 12,000 jobs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Countrywide Financial Corp, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, said on Friday it plans to cut 10,000 to 12,000 jobs to cope with weak housing demand, rising foreclosures and tightening credit markets.
Julia Koch / Spiegel Online:
Behavioral Science Turns to Dogs for Answers  —  For a long time, domesticated dogs were seen as just the slobbering, dumbed-down ancestor of the wild wolf.  Dogs, though, have learned a few tricks of their own through the millennia — and can teach us a lot about ourselves.
Discussion: Wizbang and Betsy's Page
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
Senate's vote revives overseas abortion issue  —  Despite a veto threat, 53 senators back overturning a ban on aid to groups that offer support for the procedure.  —  WASHINGTON — Defying a White House veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted Thursday to overturn a long-standing ban …
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Our followers 'must live in peace until strong enough to wage jihad'  —  One of the world's most respected Deobandi scholars believes that aggressive military jihad should be waged by Muslims "to establish the supremacy of Islam" worldwide.  —  Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani argues that Muslims …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Joe Sixpack on Taxes  —  Regarding the supply-side foofaraw, I loved this comment by "8″ on this Alex Tabarrok post: … That pretty much gets to the heart of this.  Or, as NBER chief Martin Feldstein puts it: … It is possible that the state can make its citizens better off …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and The Atlantic Online
Kos / Daily Kos:
Hillary wants withdrawal bill with teeth  —  Hillary is finally showing leadership on the pre-emptive capitulation efforts in Congress.  This statement was sent to me via email, so no link yet: … I have to say I'm shocked at the silence from the Obama campaign.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Thompson's First Campaign Event: Unimpressive  —  I just attended Fred Thompson's first campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa.  The quick take: This is a whimper of a start.  —  I'm writing from the filing center that the Thompson campaign has set up in the Polk County Convention Complex …
Kimberly Strassel /
Feinstein Should Be Thrown Out Of The Senate Right Now  —  How could anyone take Feinstein at her word ever again?  Does she care about the troops?  She wants to bring them home, care for them, and make life pretty.  On her website, she states her goals on Iraq:  —  Iraq: U.S. forces were sent to Iraq as liberators.
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.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Law Blog and Open Left
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Rules Democrats revolt on electronic voting bill
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Is China quietly dumping US Treasuries?
Discussion: Dyre Portents
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
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Doolittle: 'I am running again. Period.'
Peter Lattman / Law Blog:
The Curious Case Of Skilling's Really Long Appellate Brief
Discussion: TalkLeft and How Appealing
New York Magazine:
Judith Miller Finally Lands in the 'Right' Place
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Paul Krugman, Reality-Based?
Discussion: Hoffmania! and Liberty Street
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Takes Hard Line On Pakistan, Echoes Obama's Earlier Remarks
Discussion: Needlenose
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Rudy: Illegal immigration not a crime
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Antiwar Protesters Arrested in Push to Post Signs
Michael Teitelbaum /
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