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1:20 PM ET, September 7, 2007

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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 …
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MSNBC:
U.S. has copy of bin Laden video  —  Bush administration says it is examining tape for authenticity  —  WASHINGTON - The White House has obtained a copy of a purported video by Osama bin Laden ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and has begun to analyze its contents, a Bush administration official said Friday.
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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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Gallup Ranks the 2008 Candidates According to a Feeling Thermometer  —  Obama rated the most positively by Americans; Hillary enjoys broadest partisan support  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Using a "feeling thermometer" rating scale, Gallup recently tested the public images of several of the Republican …
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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.
Washington Times:
Inside the Ring  —  Gen. Musharraf, a key Washington ally despite the problems, seized power in a bloodless military coup in 1999 that sent Mr. Sharif into exile in Saudi Arabia.  —  Iraq progress report  —  A major political event unfolding Monday will be the report to President Bush …
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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: TPMmuckraker
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
'The Bush Report'  —  Via the Corner, this email from an …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Fugitive fundraiser Hsu captured in Colorado  —  (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 for a 1992 fraud conviction, was apprehended Thursday night by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Norman Hsu captured in Colorado; Update: Hospitalized …
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 …
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
4-Year Growth in Jobs Ends; Dow Off 200  —  Employers eliminated 4,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department said today, bringing an end to four years of uninterrupted job growth.  —  Economists said the report provides the Federal Reserve with ample justification to lower interest rates at least a quarter point when it meets Sept. 18.
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Rob / Say Anything:
More On Ed Schultz's Bar Fight  —  Earlier this evening I wrote a post about North Dakota and national radio personality (and Democrat mouthpiece) Ed Schultz getting into an altercation with Kevin Nagle.  Upon first hearing of the story, something just didn't seem right.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
HATE TALK FROM THE HEARTLAND
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Top Utah money man leaves Romney campaign  —  WASHINGTON - A top Utah fund-raiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign - who has links to an organization facing a civil lawsuit alleging child abuse - is no longer part of Romney's state finance team.  —  Robert Lichfield of La Verkin …
Times of London:
German terror suspect 'met 9/11 hijacker'  —  The prime suspect in the alleged German terror plot to blow up hundreds of people may have had contact with Mohammed Atta, the suicide pilot who smashed a hijacked plane into the Twin Towers.  —  German police reports are vague about the encounter …
 
 
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