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1:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007


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Jake Thompson / Omaha World-Herald:
Hagel is calling it quits  —  WORLD-HERALD BUREAU, COPYRIGHT 2007 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD  —  WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel will announce Monday that he is retiring from the U.S. Senate and will not run for president next year, people close to the Nebraska Republican said Friday.
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
The CIA Examines Itself  —  The results aren't pretty.  —  Who is to blame for the intelligence disaster of September 11?  The sixth anniversary of the attacks is upon us, and the finger-pointing continues unabated.  Last month the CIA reluctantly made public a summary of a 2005 report prepared …
Brent Baker /
Olbermann Likens bin Laden's 'Rant Without a Point' to Hannity, Crankiness to Bozell  —  In what he no doubt considered cutting edge humor, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Friday night contended that Sean Hannity, just like Osama bin Laden, "rants without making a specific threat or point," …
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.
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Bombing in Baghdad's Sadr City kills 12  —  BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber drove through a checkpoint and blew up his car in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City, killing at least 12 people in an attack apparently aimed at a nearby market, police and hospital officials said.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Sunnis Return To Iraqi Assembly  —  With the focus on political progress heightening in advance of the testimony of General David Petraeus, the Iraqi National Assembly has come under pressure to start approving legislation from the agreement two weeks ago between the leaders of the various factions on reform.
George Packer / New Yorker:
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.
Matthias Küntzel / Weekly Standard:
Jew-Hatred and Jihad  —  The Nazi roots of the 9/11 attack.  —  The idea of using suicide pilots to obliterate the skyscrapers of Manhattan originated in 1940s Berlin.  "In the latter stages of the war, I never saw Hitler so beside himself as when, as if in a delirium …
Discussion: Power Line
Tony Woodlief / Opinion Journal:
Don't Suffer the Little Children  —  A father of four explains the realist approach to parenting.  —  Another school year has sprung itself upon us, which is always an occasion for my wife, a former Detroit public-school teacher, and me to remind ourselves why we home-school.
Melting ice cap triggering earthquakes  —  The Greenland ice cap is melting so quickly that it is triggering earthquakes as pieces of ice several cubic kilometres in size break off.  —  Scientists monitoring events this summer say the acceleration could be catastrophic in terms of sea-level rise …
Discussion: Corrente
Wall Street Journal:
What Made Norman Hsu Run?  —  He charmed friends, investors and politicians.  But behind lurked failures, a kidnapping and lawsuits  —  At a New York restaurant overlooking Central Park in April 2006, the governor of Pennsylvania sat down to dinner with about a dozen Democratic supporters.
Donna Goodison / Boston Herald:
Bar-exam flunker quits suit over gay-wed question  —  A Boston man has asked a federal court to dismiss his lawsuit in which he claimed that his refusal to answer a Massachusetts bar exam question related to gay marriage caused him to fail the test.  —  Stephen Dunne, 30 …
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
Kimberley Strassel / Real Clear Politics:
Feinstein's $4 Bn Beverly Hills Earmark
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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Expected to Nominate Attorney General Next Week  —  Former Solicitor General Is Called a Leading Candidate  —  President Bush is expected to choose a replacement for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales by the middle of next week, and former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson has emerged …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Again, the magic of markets  —  This FT piece on GWB's magical market pony plan for preventing mortgage foreclosures by handing the problem over to "an opaque part of the financial system normally associated with moves to evict families from their homes" is tough and on-target.
Discussion: The RBC and The Atlantic Online
Eoin Callan / Financial Times:   Economists fear wave of evictions on way in US
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Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Congress Approves Student Loan Bill
Discussion: Obama HQ
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney's Tone on Gay Rights Is Seen as Shift
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Hints of Progress, and Questions, in Iraq Data
Alicia Mundy / Seattle Times:
State Dems push Iraq pullout
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Gov's aide did time in '80s terror case
New York Times:
Warming Is Seen as Wiping Out Most Polar Bears
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Our followers 'must live in peace until strong enough to wage jihad'
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Countrywide to cut up to 12,000 jobs
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Rules Democrats revolt on electronic voting bill
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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
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
Thompson's First Campaign Event: Unimpressive
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: First Draft and Needlenose
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Joe Sixpack on Taxes