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9:15 AM ET, September 7, 2007

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San Francisco Chronicle:
Fugitive fundraiser captured in Colorado tonight  —  (09-06) 20:52 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing in a fraud scheme, was apprehended tonight by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Norman Hsu captured in Colorado; Update: Hospitalized after falling ill on train  —  In Grand Junction.  No details yet, but it sounds like he may have been injured somehow: … Stand by for updates.  —  Update: The feds are going to drop the interstate fugitive charge against him when they turn him over to California?
Daily Sentinel:
Disgraced Democratic donor arrested in Grand Junction  —  Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was taken into federal custody Thursday night at St. Mary's Hospital after he fell ill on an Amtrak train passing through Grand Junction.  —  FBI agents took Yung Yuen "Norman" Hsu, 56 …
Washington Post:
Ex-Fugitive's Fundraising Talent Put Him on Democrats' A-List  —  Last week, before his world came crashing down, Norman Hsu helped organize a breakfast meeting in San Francisco with prospective donors.  The featured attraction was Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Time to Take a Stand  —  Gen. David Petraeus has a history of making overoptimistic assessments of progress in Iraq that happen to be convenient for his political masters.
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Jurassicpork / Pottersville:
Paul Krugman: Time to Take a Stand  —  Here's what will definitely happen when Gen. David Petraeus testifies before Congress next week: he'll assert that the surge has reduced violence in Iraq — as long as you don't count Sunnis killed by Sunnis, Shiites killed by Shiites …
Discussion: The Gavel
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 39% Believe Iraq Report Will Honestly Present Petraeus Views …
New York Times:
Petraeus, Seeing Gains in Iraq as Fragile, Is Wary of Cuts  —  Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, has told President Bush that he wants to maintain heightened troop levels in Iraq well into next year to reduce the risk of military setbacks, but could accept the pullback …
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Washington Post:
Petraeus Open to Pullout of 1 Brigade  —  Top General in Iraq Said to Favor Caution  —  Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has indicated a willingness to consider a drawdown of one brigade of between 3,500 and 4,500 U.S. troops from Iraq early next year, with more to follow over the next months based …
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Groups: Bin Laden plans video on 9/11  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden will release a new video in the coming days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in what would be the first new images of the terror mastermind in nearly three years, al-Qaida's media arm announced Thursday.
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CNN:
Bin Laden to issue video as 9/11 anniversary approaches
Discussion: Central Sanity
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Thompson Runs to The Right  —  Fred D. Thompson took his bid for the White House to the campaign trail Thursday, vowing to compete aggressively for the support of Iowans and pitching steady, experienced and conservative leadership.  —  "I still have the same common-sense conservative beliefs …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Truthdig
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HATE TALK FROM THE HEARTLAND  —  Ed Schultz is the Fargo-based left-wing radio talk show host who was at one time a Republican.  He touts himself as providing straight talk from the heartland.  Over the weekend he was at the bar of the venerable Shoreham Hotel in Detroit Lakes …
Discussion: IN-FORUM and Captain's Quarters
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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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Theo Spark
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Killing her softly with his song  —  Barack Obama wants to transform politics.  But can he defeat Hillary Clinton by casting her as the divider and himself as the uniter?  —  Barack Obama speaks with local residents in Storm Lake, Iowa, on Sept. 5.  —  Barack Obama has long been searching …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BURIED LEDE ALERT....Fred Kaplan has a good piece in Slate today about the upcoming Petraeus report and what Congress needs to ask about it.  But I was more taken by an astonishing statement at the end of the piece from Stephen Biddle, a member of Petraeus's advisory panel.
Discussion: Slate and Corrente
Jim Moore / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Go 2 Guy: Seahawks duo blitzed by Bush backlash  —  KIRKLAND — Are you still fans of Matt Hasselbeck and Mack Strong after they visited President Bush last week in Bellevue?  Or have their political leanings turned you against them?  —  The Seahawks quarterback and fullback gave …
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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International Herald Tribune:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Down the memory hole: Transcript of Schumer's surge speech rewrites …
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Justice Department opposes 'net neutrality'
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Pew Research Center:
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act