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11:50 PM ET, September 17, 2007


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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
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site  —  The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight tonight.  —  The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year …
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.
Scott Horton / Balkinization:
Confirm Michael Mukasey  —  The president has nominated former federal judge Michael Mukasey to serve as the next attorney general.  The Senate will have plenty of questions to ask and issues to raise, and it should take this confirmation seriously.  But it should move expeditiously to approval …
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
How Bush's AG Pick Irritates the Right
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!
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?
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 …
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
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.
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
The Corner:
So long, white boy  —  So reads the headline on this article from Salon, which argues that the Democrats should end-and in fact already are ending-any efforts to court the white male vote.  Well, Salon's headline certainly gets the message across, doesn't it?
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 …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Plaintiff Lawyer to Plead Guilty To Conspiracy  —  William S. Lerach, one of the nation's best known and wealthiest plaintiff lawyers, is preparing to plead guilty as early as today to a single criminal conspiracy charge that could send him to prison for up to two years, according to sources familiar with the case.
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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Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton has no answers for undocumented immigrants
Discussion: Redstate, MyDD, Hot Air and Lonewacko
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
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Michael E. Ruane / Washington Post:
Park Police Say Memorial Was Vandalized
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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
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Exclusive Habeas Corpus Polling
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
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" …