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3:14 AM ET, September 8, 2007


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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 …
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.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Thompson Calls bin Laden "Symbolic"; Draws GOP Fire  —  acABC 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.
Bush: Bin Laden's video underscores threats  —  Al-Qaida chief criticizes Dems over Iraq, urges Americans to embrace Islam  —  SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush said Saturday that Osama bin Laden's first video appearance in three years is a reminder of "the dangerous world in which we live."
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:   Osama bin Laden's Record on Economic Issues
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.
The Corner:
Madeleine L'Engle at Home
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Cara Rubinsky / Associated Press:
'A Wrinkle in Time' author L'Engle dies
Discussion: Gawker, GINA COBB and First Draft
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 …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Bush has bad day at Sydney Opera House  —  SYDNEY, Australia - President Bush had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the Sydney Opera House.  —  He'd only reached the third sentence of Friday's speech to business leaders, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.
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
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: White House and Open Left
Peter Hardin / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bush federal judge pick criticized
Discussion: Think Progress and Washington Post
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 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
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 …
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Paul Krugman, Reality-Based?  —  Paul Krugman explains how the Dem sought to tackle the Petraeus hearings and delivers this ahistorical nonsense: … Congressional Democrats gave Bush everything he wanted in 2002?  It was five long years ago, yet I remember as if it was only four …
Discussion: Hoffmania!
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.
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Feinstein Should Be Thrown Out Of The Senate Right Now
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
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Joe Sixpack on Taxes
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
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Edwards Takes Hard Line On Pakistan, Echoes Obama's Earlier Remarks
Discussion: Needlenose
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Antiwar Protesters Arrested in Push to Post Signs
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Morris says Fred Thompson was afraid being a "Lobbyist" would hurt him in '94
Job growth hits the wall as financial turmoil hits the jobs market
Kos / Daily Kos:
Where are Obama and Clinton?  —  So where are the two "front runner" candidates on Iraq?
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Fred Thompson Proposes Marriage Amendment to Restrain Judges