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8:55 PM ET, September 17, 2007


 Top Items: 
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
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  —  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.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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
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 …
Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
N Korean ship 'linked to Israel's strike on Syria'
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!
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 …
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: Romenesko
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist:
John the Un-Baptist  —  Lord 'a' mercy!  For the self-styled Party …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Park Police Say Memorial Was Vandalized
Discussion: DCist, and Hot Air
Michael B. Mukasey / Opinion Journal:
'The Spirit of Liberty'  —  Before attacking the Patriot Act, try reading it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Three more members take food stamp challenge
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senator Says Troops Want Congress To Cut Off War Funding
 Earlier Items: 
Cliff May / The Corner:
The Most Offensive Thing I've Seen All Day
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Source: Republican Senators Eyeing Support For Webb Troop Measure
Discussion: Open Left
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Al Green's earpiece
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Why Do Republicans Want to Punish the Troops for George Bush's Failures?
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Hunting Al Qaeda, Part II of III
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush's Battlefield Envy
The Corner:
So long, white boy