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10:40 PM ET, September 17, 2007


 Top Items: 
Federal Prosecutor Arrested In Child Sex Sting  —  DETROIT — A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a minor.  —  John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida …
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Federal prosecutor from Florida caught in child sex sting
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Will Iraq Kick Out Blackwater?  —  TIME has obtained an incident report prepared by the U.S. government describing a fire fight Sunday in Baghdad in which at least eight Iraqis were reported killed and 13 wounded.  The deadly incident occurred when a convoy of U.S. personnel protected …
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
The Iraq Blackwater Test  —  Depending on whether the Blackwater security firm stays in Iraq will inform us whether Prime Minister Maliki has any power or is just a U.S. puppet.  My money is on the puppet.  Over the weekend Blackwater contractors escorting a State Department/US Embassy Baghdad convoy got into a shoot out.
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
How Bush's AG Pick Irritates the Right
Scott Horton / Balkinization:
Confirm Michael Mukasey
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times to End Charges on Web Site  —  The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night, reflecting a growing view in the industry that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site.
Discussion: QandO, Corrente, LA Observed and Romenesko
ACLU Backs Sen. Larry Craig  —  Senator Accused of Soliciting Sex Has an Unlikely Ally in American Civil Liberties Union  —  Idaho's Republican Senator Larry Craig reads a statement to the media Monday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2007, in Boise, Idaho.  He read a statement and took no questions during …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Agitprop
Bart Jansen /
ACLU Backs Craig's Challenge to Guilty Plea
Discussion: D-Day
Ezra Klein:
The Hillary Plan  —  Let me try and give a quick sketch of the Clinton proposal before I have to run for a meeting.  Here's the thumbnail: Clinton's plan is of the "individual mandate" variety, in which universal coverage is achieved by mandating that every American purchase health care.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Ramstad won't run for 10th term in House  —  U.S. Jim Ramstad is expected to announce his retirement from Congress.  He has served nine terms, beginning in 1990.  —  Veteran congressman will leave seat representing western suburbs he has held for 9 terms.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Should I Move To Minnetonka?
Barry to Elisabeth: Your "View" is Dangerous  —  TMZ has learned that legendary singer Barry Manilow has pulled out of his scheduled appearance on "The View" tomorrow — because he strongly disagrees with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck's conservative view!  Paging Rosie O'Donnell!
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran  —  WASHINGTON - Every effort should be made to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but failing that, the world could live with a nuclear-armed regime in Tehran, a recently retired commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Monday.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Corrente
Jack Stripling / Ocala Star-Banner:
Student Tasered at Kerry speech  —  GAINESVILLE - U.S. Sen. John Kerry's speech at the University of Florida came to a dramatic close Monday, shortly after a vocal audience member was hauled off by police and shot with a Taser gun.  —  The audience member was preliminarily identified …
Jerusalem Post:
'600 Iranian missiles pointed at Israel'  —  Six hundred Iranian Shihab-3 missiles are pointed at targets throughout Israel, and will be launched if either Iran or Syria are attacked, an Iranian website affiliated with the regime reported on Monday.  —  "Iran will shoot at Israel 600 missiles …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Battlefield Envy  —  President Bush wishes that he could be alongside the troops in Iraq — except that he's too old.  —  At least that's what he reportedly told a blogger embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq.  In the first session of its kind, Bush spent almost an hour on Friday talking …
Mike / The Monkey Tennis Centre:
Greenspan: The smoking gun that didn't  —  Opponents of the war in Iraq thought their moment had finally come yesterday.  This was it: the culmination of all their hopes and dreams of the last five years.  This was their Adlai Stevenson moment.  —  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senator Says Troops Want Congress To Cut Off War Funding  —  Woah, this is interesting.  Colorado Senator Ken Salazar — who's taken a bunch of heat for backing toothless Iraq War measures — is now flirting with the ultimate: Cutting off funding for the war.  From the Denver Post:
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Hsu, Recobbled  —  I've just uploaded an updated master data set …
Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton has no answers for undocumented immigrants
Analysis by Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS-US: Petraeus Helps Destroy Bush's "Proxy War" Claim
The Atlantic Online:
Rhetorical question
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses another staffer
Discussion: The Fix
Omar Fadhil / Pajamas Media:
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
John the Un-Baptist  —  Lord 'a' mercy!  For the self-styled Party …
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Park Police Say Memorial Was Vandalized
Discussion: DCist, and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
How CBS Blew Up My Puff Piece
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
"Blackwater" Author describes the US civilian Militia Group's …
Discussion: The Gavel
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Exclusive Habeas Corpus Polling
Cliff May / The Corner:
The Most Offensive Thing I've Seen All Day
Ian James / Associated Press:
Venezuela's Chavez Warns Private Schools
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Why Do Republicans Want to Punish the Troops for George Bush's Failures?
National / Homeland Security National Terror Alert:
School Terror Threat - "Jihad Boom" …
The Corner:
So long, white boy