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7:05 PM ET, September 17, 2007


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Danger Room
U.S. probing security firm's battle in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's Interior Ministry has revoked the license of Blackwater USA, an American security firm whose contractors are blamed for a Sunday gunbattle in Baghdad that left eight civilians dead.
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
How Bush's AG Pick Irritates the Right  —  If the administration was trying to avoid a fight with the left over the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales' replacement as Attorney General, they may have succeeded with the nomination of former New York district judge, Michael Mukasey.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: CNSNews
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Breaking News: Chemerinsky Accepts Irvine's Renewed Offer
Discussion: and TaxProf Blog
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?
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.
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
Jeanne HUFF / Idaho Statesman:
Tourists flock to Minneapolis airport men's room
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:
Anne C. Mulkern / Denver Post:
Salazar: Congress may need to cut war funding
Discussion: Daily Kos and WorkingForChange
In From the Cold:
New Details (and Lingering Questions)  —  Israeli Air Force F-15Is (  —  Sunday's U.K. Times provided tantalizing details of Israel's recent airstrike against that Syrian nuclear facility.  —  Based on reporting from the Middle East and Washington …
Prepare for war with Iran, says French minister
National / Homeland Security National Terror Alert:
School Terror Threat - "Jihad Boom" Postcards With Threatening Cartoon Sent To Nine Schools … Investigators released the postcards with the threatening drawings on them Monday in hopes of generating leads in the case.  Officials said that the postcards are made up of various and traditional themes …
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!
Discussion: and Hot Air
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Al Green's earpiece  —  Fashionistas all over Capitol Hill hailed Rep. Al Green Monday for rocking his cell phone earpiece during remarks on the House floor.  —  The fashion-forward Texas Democrat may or may not be the first ever lawmaker to sport such a device during remarks on the floor …
Ian James / Associated Press:
Venezuela's Chavez Warns Private Schools  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened on Monday to close or take over any private school that refuses to submit to the oversight of his socialist government as it develops a new curriculum and textbooks.
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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
Sean Delaney / Dearborn Press …:
9-11 anniversary delayed info
Cliff May / The Corner:
The Most Offensive Thing I've Seen All Day
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why
Paul Egan / Detroit News:
Federal prosecutor from Florida caught in child sex sting
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Republican Senators Eyeing Support For Webb Troop Measure
Discussion: Open Left
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Why Do Republicans Want to Punish the Troops for George Bush's Failures?
Discussion: D-Day and QandO
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Battlefield Envy
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
It Was Right To Dissolve the Iraqi Army
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Giuliani Stung by Progressive Movement Accountability
Yeas & Nays:
Cheney writes no memos
The Corner:
So long, white boy
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Getting At 'The Truth'  —  We interrupt our regularly scheduled …