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10:35 PM ET, September 13, 2007


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The Politico:
Bush speech to the nation: advance excerpts  —  Here are excerpts of the prepared text of President Bush's 9 p.m. Iraq address from the Oval Office, as released by the White House for use on dinnertime newscasts:  —  On keeping us safe here at home:  —  In Iraq, an ally of the United States is fighting for its survival.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama: Congress Won't Challenge Bush  —  MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Despite the unpopularity of the Iraq war, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama predicted Thursday that Congress won't directly challenge President Bush's plans and will focus instead on putting a ceiling on the number of troops deployed to that country.
Bush: Some troops coming home  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. successes in Iraq mean "we can begin seeing troops come home," President Bush announced Thursday night.  —  But Bush cautioned the U.S. must not abandon Iraq while it is "fighting for its survival."  —  Bush pledged to bring home 5,700 soldiers from Iraq by Christmas.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fox News:
Bush to Order 5,700 Troops Home from Iraq by End of Year
Discussion: Hot Air
The Corner:
Speech Excerpts
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
COMPLAINT FILED WITH FEC OVER BETRAY US AD  —  Guess what I did at lunch?  That's right, I petitioned my government for redress of grievances, specifically illegal political advertising practices by the New York Times and  We are all well aware of the sorry political advertisement calling the General a traitor.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
MoveOn Story Doesn't Pass the Smell Test
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Karl Maher / Can't See the Center: and the NY Times
Editor and Publisher:
As Bush Prepares for 'Surge' Address Tonight: Here Is What He Promised in January Speech  —  NEW YORK With President Bush reportedly ready to endorse a full continuation of the "surge" in Iraq through next summer in a speech to the nation tonight, a look back at what he promised in his address …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Petraeus Has 'Expressed Long-Term Interest' In Running For President  —  According to a senior Iraqi officer who knew Gen. David Petraeus when he was stationed in Baghdad from 2004-2005, Petraeus is interested in running for President.  From The Independent today:
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Citing progress, Bush to reduce troops
Discussion: The Swamp
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Clinton, Pelosi, Greenspan, Bloomberg, Gates, Annan Also Say Interviews 'Fakes'  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Former President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates …
Lindsay Renick Mayer / Capital Eye:
The Other Iraq Surge  —  A sharp increase in contributions from the military to Democrats suggests the Republican commander-in-chief and his party are losing the troops' support.  —  Assessed favorably this week by the war's lead general, the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq appears to be causing …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:   Military shifting donations to Democrats
Marc Lynch / American Prospect:
Sunni World  —  The cheerleaders for the surge have constructed a Disney-esque fantasy of Iraq which might as well be in Orlando for all it has to do with the grim reality on the ground.  And Abu Risha's assassination isn't likely to dim that fantasy.  —  During his visit to Iraq last week …
Abu Aardvark:
Abu Risha murdered
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Thompson gives no opinion on Schiavo  —  THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson gave no opinion Thursday when asked about efforts by President Bush and Congress to keep Terri Schiavo alive, saying he does not remember details of the right-to-die case that stirred national debate.
Discussion: D-Day and BartBlog
George Bennett / Q: The Florida Politics Blog:
FRED: NOT SURE ABOUT NATIONAL CAT FUND, SCHIAVO  —  THE VILLAGES — Republican Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, addressing some Florida-specific questions for a Tampa Bay-area cable program, says he doesn't have an opinion about a national catastrophic insurance fund or the 2005 congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
Giuliani: Clinton smeared Gen. Petraeus  —  ATLANTA - Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani on Thursday accused Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton of participating in "character assassination" for questioning Gen. David Petraeus about his assessment of progress in Iraq.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
If I Could Turn Back Time, Or, When Reality Intrudes...  The Mighty Kos commissioned a poll to tell us that Ned Lamont defeats Joe Lieberman in Connecticut.  Ooops!  Too bad the election is over!  —  In related news, the assembled staff at Just One Minute has decided to release the results …
Discussion: Open Left and Riehl World View
Obama Responds to President Bush's Address on Iraq  —  CHICAGO, IL — U.S. Senator Barack Obama released the following statement in response to President Bush's remarks on Iraq.  —  "It is long past time to end a war that never should have started.  President Bush was wrong when he took us to war …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Taylor Marsh and MyDD
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Boehner hammered over Iraq 'small price' comment  —  Democrats, anti-war groups and liberal bloggers are pounding on House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for saying U.S. military deaths in Iraq are "a small price" to pay to stop al Qaeda from carrying out more terrorist attacks and stabilizing the Middle East.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Caucus
Doug Kendall / Slate:
CALIFORNIA VOTERS CAN'T CHANGE THE 2008 ELECTION RULES ON THEIR OWN.  —  Republican presidential candidates are crossing the country promising voters that they'll pick judges who will be "strict constructionists" of the U.S. Constitution.  Meanwhile, Republican activists in California …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and BartBlog
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WOULD-BE TERRORIST CAPTURED IN DEARBORN  —  In a story that has gotten amazingly little national publicity, a medical student at Wayne State University named Houssein Zorkot was arrested in Dearborn Saturday night, dressed for combat and armed with an AK-47: … This report by a local television station is also interesting:
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
How the CIA Broke the 9/11 Attacks Mastermind  —  Richard Esposito Reports:  —  When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was strapped down to the water-board, he felt humiliated — not by the treatment but by the fact that a woman, a red-headed CIA supervisor, was allowed to witness the spectacle, a former intelligence officer told ABC News.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Karina / The Gavel:
What Slogan Will We Hear Tonight?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Atlantic Online:
A Tale of Two Maps
Rick Ayers / The Huffington Post:
Vietnam Non-Lessons  —  Okay, okay, I confess.
Ed Henry / CNN:
Analysis: Will Bush sell success or buy time?
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Tom Friedman: "Suck on this, Iraq"
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Discussion: The Reaction
Bob Moser / The Nation:
Kentucky at War  —  Carol Trainer could hardly process what was happening.
Tim Graham / Media Research Center:
Huffington's House of Horrors
Mother Jones:
Crocker's Fuzzy Economics
Discussion: Brian Beutler and TPMmuckraker
Timothy Garton Ash / Los Angeles Times:
Battleground Europe  —  The Continent is a front line in the war …