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3:45 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:
Details of purported bin Laden video emerge  —  Officials: No specific threat made; Web sites carrying tape shut down  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has obtained a new video of Osama bin Laden marking the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and is analyzing it, a counterterror official said Friday.
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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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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:   Report?  What Report?  —  In case you wanted to fact check …
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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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 …
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
Is John McCain really over?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BURIED LEDE ALERT....Fred Kaplan has a good piece in Slate today …
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
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Wonkette
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: Shakespeare's Sister and Hecate
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Club for Growth
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Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
Fred Thompson's Record on Economic Issues
Chicago Tribune:
Inside Rep. Weller's Nicaragua land deal  —  Illinois lawmaker benefits from trade accord, fails to report extent of his ocean-view holdings  —  SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua - The rolling surf of the Pacific Ocean crashes onto white sand beaches below a lush hillside in southwest Nicaragua …
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and TIME
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Who is Hsu?  Captured Fundraiser Didn't Vote  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Mysterious Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu is in custody again, after a brief return to a fugitive lifestyle he maintained for 15 years.  But new questions are cropping up about his past.
 
 
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