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7:10 AM ET, September 8, 2007


 Top Items: 
Theresa Cook / Political Radar:
New OBL Tape: Iraq, Democratic Control  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Pierre Thomas, Luis Martinez and Theresa Cook Report: ABC News has obtained a transcript of the latest taped message from the United States' most wanted terrorist, and a senior U.S. intelligence official has confirmed to ABC News that …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBL  —  As I skimmed the transcript of the new bin Laden tape with its discussion of global warming, subprime credit woes, Noam Chomsky, Richard Perle, the low tax nirvana of Islam and a bunch of other stuff, I could not help feeling sad again about how we gave this joker a new lease on life by invading Iraq.
Agence France Presse:
Al-Qaeda planning fresh attacks on US: CIA chief
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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
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
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Rudy: Illegal immigration not a crime  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said illegal immigration is not a crime, prompting rival Mitt Romney to accuse him of not taking the problem seriously.  —  The two have clashed for weeks over illegal immigration …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
ADVICE AND CONSENT: THE BUSH WAY  —  Yesterday, the White House announced it would nominate E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., to a seat on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.  But as the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports today, Getchell was not on a list of five possible nominees submitted …
Discussion: Law Blog and Open Left
Peter Hardin / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bush federal judge pick criticized
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 …
Discussion: Bush v. Choice and The Sideshow
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 …
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Doolittle: 'I am running again.  Period.'  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. John Doolittle defiantly declared Friday that he will not retire from Congress despite increasing Republican concern that if he runs for a 10th term next year, the seat could fall to Democratic challenger Charlie Brown.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!, The Fix and Calitics
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
No more Iraq funds without limits: key Democrat  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate said on Friday he could no longer vote for funding the war in Iraq unless restrictions were attached that would begin winding down American involvement there.  —  "This Congress can't give President (George W.)
Discussion: Three Wise Men
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.
Peter Lattman / Law Blog:
The Curious Case Of Skilling's Really Long Appellate Brief  —  When we received Mr. Skilling's 239-page appellate brief this morning, we raised our eyebrows at its length.  Coming in at roughly 60,000 words, we wondered whether the court placed limitations on the length of briefs.  Indeed, it does.
Discussion: TalkLeft and How Appealing
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.
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Joe Sixpack on Taxes
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Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Antiwar Protesters Arrested in Push to Post Signs
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State legislators approve same-sex marriage bill; governor expected to veto
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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
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