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10:35 PM ET, September 10, 2007


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Frank James / The Swamp:
Petraeus 'Betray Us' ad is group's 'shock and awe'  — was looking to get attention and so they have with their full-page New York Times ad in which they slam Gen. David Petraeus, rhyming his name with "betray us."  It's the liberal group's version of shock and awe.
Think Progress:
REPORT: Petraeus Spent At Least 17 Days In August Flacking For Bush's Escalation  —  The Washington Post reported this weekend that the White House political office and Gen. David Petraeus' unit have been "hard-wired" together, working jointly to "map out ways of selling the surge."
Discussion: Empire Burlesque and Hullabaloo
CNN Political Ticker:
Kerry: is 'over the top'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, criticized Monday for taking an ad out in The New York Times criticizing Gen. David Petraeus.  The general is testifying before Congress today about the situation in Iraq.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
CNN Political Ticker:
Thompson calls on Democrats to return donations
Discussion: Say Anything and Wake up America
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
With Enemies Like This, General Petraeus Gets New Friends
Discussion: The Politico
Think Progress:
Petraeus Falsely Claims That Six Months Ago, 'No One Would Have Forecast' Anbar's Success  —  Today in his testimony to the House, Gen. David Petraeus cited the reduced violence in the Anbar province as evidence that President Bush's "surge" is working.  He added that it would be "premature" …
Austin Bay Blog:
Initial thoughts on Petraeus-Crocker testimony  —  After three hours of testimony — at times grueling testimony — I've some initial reactions.  (As it is, I have to get ready to give a speech this evening.)  —  My first thought is lost this political battle — the chumps went an …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Petraeus Leaves Large Questions Unanswered  —  The long-awaited testimony this afternoon of Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, once seen as a potential turning point in war policy, seemed more like an exercise of kicking the can down the road.
Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
Petraeus Made EZ
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Iraq War Report: Rep. Lantos "We can not take ANY of this …
Discussion: The Gavel and Firedoglake
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Anti-Thompson Site Connects to Romney Camp  —  A top adviser to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney appears to be behind today's launch of a new Web site attacking GOP presidential rival Fred Thompson.  —  The site,, paints an unflattering picture of Thompson …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Thompson wants 'due process' for Bin Laden
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PETRAEUS'S DRAWDOWN....This slide from Gen. David Paraeus's testimony today is a work of art, isn't it?  It looks like some kind of timeline for withdrawal, but all it actually says is that we'll withdraw five brigades by next July, something we already know is driven not by strategic considerations …
Discussion: New York Times
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Look At All the Pretty Colors
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Clinton to return $850,000 raised by Hsu  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Monday it will return $850,000 in donations raised by Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is under federal investigation for allegedly violating election laws.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Hagel bows out of politics  —  Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) officially announced Monday that he will not run for a third term and does not plan to run for president in 2008, setting in motion a battle for his Senate seat and leaving anti-war Republicans and independents without one of their candidates of choice in the presidential contest.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Nebraska Senate Race Shapes Up
Discussion: TIME
The Sun:
Plans to ban plasma TV's  —  THE Conservatives will propose banning plasma screens and other energy-guzzling electrical goods in a report to be unveiled next week.  —  The proposals target white goods like fridges and freezers, as well as TVs, personal computers and DVD players that use too much energy or operate on stand-by.
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty and Dean's World
The Atlantic Online:
Hope: The New Plan  —  Check out this briefing slide from General Petraeus' presentation:  —  Basically, the idea is that about nine months from now, we'll be back to the number of troops we had in Iraq about nine months ago.  After that, more stuff is supposed to change . . . maybe …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton Questions Petraeus  —  After blaming the previous "supine" Congress and Rumsfeld for our current impasse, she repeats that skepticism of Petraeus's report is merited.  She seems to have conceded that there's no chance that the Congress can stop the continued escalation.
Spud / Inside Cable News:
Uh oh...  *Sigh*  —  How can someone so shallow, be so far off the deep end?  —  *Sigh*  —  Give Me A Break!!
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
New Gig  —  I'm starting a new chapter in my professional career this morning, having been hired as the managing editor for the Atlantic Council of the United States.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be working with CEO Fred Kempe and the senior leadership of the Council in relaunching their Web presence.
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RUNNING THE NUMBERS  —  For ease of comparison, here are all three …
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Rove Replacement Seen as Highly Partisan Go-Getter
Michael Yon / National Review Online:
Yon: Dont Ask Me What I Think about the Petraeus Repor...
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COOKING THE BOOKS....Is it just me, or does anyone else …