Petraeus Goes to Capitol Hill… and Other PM Headlines

Gen. Petraeus Goes Before Congress – AP

Delay Decision on Major Cuts, General Says – NY Times

House Petraeus Hearing Opening Statements – Town Hall

Does Petraeus Have the Answers? – Washington Post


Craig Goes to Court to Save Job: In court papers filed today, Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) says he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges not because he committed any alleged crime on that ill-fated June day in a Minnesota airport restroom, but because of stressed caused by the media. The lawmaker has announced that he will resign at the end of September, but last week told Senate leaders that if the guilty plea is overturned, he will keep his seat.

Larry Craig to Challenge Guilty Plea and Blames Press for It – Towleroad

Hagel to Leave Senate: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), one of the few anti-war voices on the GOP side of the aisle, says he won’t run for re-election or for the White House.
Anti-war Republican and presidential hopeful Hagel to retire – The Raw Story

Racism in College Park?: A 3-foot rope ending in a noose was found hanging near an African-American cultural center on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

Noose Found at U of MD Sparks Hate Crime Probe – ABC News

And Now, the Sequel: Days after releasing a video message to the world, Osama bin Laden is expected to send out a new tape, this time including the reputed last testament of a Sept. 11 hijacker.

Al-Qaida Sustains Media Offensive with New Tape – Sofia News Agency (BUL)

Patriot Gamed: A federal judge struck down a key part of the USA Patriot Act in a ruling that restricted FBI access to consumer records, defended the need for judicial oversight of laws, and bashed Congress for passing a law that makes possible “far-reaching invasions of liberty.”

Federal judge strikes down part of Patriot Act – Sarasota Herald-Tribune