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9:35 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: Swords Crossed and Danger Room
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
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.
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.
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: Corrente, LA Observed and Romenesko
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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
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!
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:
Discussion: The Sideshow
Anne C. Mulkern / Denver Post:
Salazar: Congress may need to cut war funding
Discussion: Daily Kos and WorkingForChange
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.
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 …
Cliff May / The Corner:
The Most Offensive Thing I've Seen All Day  —  The Palestinian Authority celebrates the 9/11/01 attacks on the U.S. - most recently with a cartoon showing Osama bin Laden raising his index and middle fingers in the V for Victory sign, except his fingers are the burning World Trade Center Towers.
Discussion: Power Line and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain loses another staffer
Discussion: The Fix
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Discussion: The Belmont Club
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
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
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Exclusive Habeas Corpus Polling
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why
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
Al-Qaeda Offers Reward for Cartoonist's Death
Discussion: and The Corner
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