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12:25 AM ET, July 27, 2007

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John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Granite Status: Romney no fan of CNN/YouTube debate antics  —  Republican Mitt Romney isn't sure yet whether he'll participate in the CNN/YouTube.com Republican debate in September, but he's no fan of the format.  —  "I think the presidency ought to be held at a higher level than having …
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Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
But Don't Ask Him on YouTube...  Four days after the Democratic debate …
Discussion: techPresident
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP and YouTube  —  Rudy won't bite, apparently.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Atlantic Online:   Update: Rudy Likely To Opt Out Of YouTube Debate
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It's looking like...  GOP: YOUTUBE TOO SCARY FOR US
Discussion: Townhall.com
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:   Thumbs Down On The GOP YouTube Debate
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Leahy issues subpoena for Rove  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday issued a subpoena for top White House adviser Karl Rove to compel him to testify about the firing of several U.S. attorneys.  —  "The evidence shows that senior White House political operatives …
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David Stout / New York Times:
F.B.I. Chief Challenges Gonzales's Testimony  —  The dispute over the truthfulness of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales reached a new intensity today as the F.B.I. Director, Robert S. Mueller 3rd, contradicted Mr. Gonzales's sworn testimony before a Senate committee.
TPMmuckraker:
Analysis: Gonzales Testimony Part of Broader Effort to Conceal Surveillance Program  —  Alberto Gonzales' testimony that there was "no serious disagreement" within the Bush Administration about the NSA warrantless surveillance program has left senators sputtering and fulminating about the attorney general's apparent prevarications.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It's been pretty...  TPM TO MSM: COME ON IN!  THE WATER FEELS FINE!
Discussion: Associated Press
Ace of Spades HQ:
Source: TNR Is A Lot More Worried Than They're Letting On; Scott Thomas Got His Job For Plame-ish Reasons  —  There's actually more to this.  Let's just say TNR are playing the hard guys.  As a for instance, someone was searching for all of "Gracie's" posts at discarded lies last night.
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The New Republic:
A STATEMENT FROM SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP:  —  As we've noted in this space, some have questioned details that appeared in the Diarist "Shock Troops," published under the pseudonym Scott Thomas.  According to Major Kirk Luedeke, a public affairs officer at Forward Operating Base Falcon …
The Corner:
Everybody Chill Out  —  The issue with Scott Thomas Beauchamp isn't how he came to be published by the New Republic, or who his girlfriend-fiancee-wife might be.  If TNR chose to publish his work because he had a relationship with someone on staff, so what?
Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:
The Thomas Affair - The End of the Beginning
Discussion: baldilocks and Riehl World View
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
AP: New Details on Tillman's Death  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime …
Discussion: MSNBC and Attytood
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TRex / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: A Whole New Level of Horror  —  "This war is so f**king illegal."  (Patrick Tillman)  —  From the AP: … In other words, Pat Tillman was most likely murdered in the field.  In cold blood.  By other US soldiers.  —  This must be what the Bush Administration was trying …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Discourse.net
Fred File:
Hazleton Immigration Decision  —  Most Americans want something to be done about the illegal immigration problem we have in this country.  They've been expecting the federal government to enforce the immigration laws already on the books.  The federal government hasn't done that …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly cuts Hall's mic to get the last word about BilloReilly.com's HATE comments  —  As O'Reilly smeared Kos and YKos yet again, Jane Hall told Bill that his own website had hate comments on it.  BillO called her a liar and then they cut her mic off so he was sure to get the last word in …
Discussion: News For The Left and Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Joe Klein and Beltway seriousness  —  Joe Klein today responds to my post from earlier this morning — regarding Joe Lieberman, John Hagee and Seriousness — without expressly acknowledging that he is doing so.  He all but quotes my post at length and says he is responding to the use of the word …
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:   Epithets I Have Known  —  Some epithets are really quite brilliant …
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Immigration.  Again.  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he's floating a plan that would grant legal status to the nation's 12 million illegal immigrants, but offer no path to citizenship.  —  "It might be the equivalent of a green card," Specter said Thursday.
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton calls Bush-Cheney comparison 'silly'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton sharply dismissed Thursday a recent suggestion from chief rival Barack Obama that she is "Bush-Cheney light," telling CNN the comparison is "silly."
New York Times:
U.S. Officials Voice Frustrations With Saudis, Citing Role in Iraq  —  During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that Iraq's prime minister could not be trusted.  —  One purported to be an early alert …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
Nifong admits: No crime in lacrosse case
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Pence Amendment Passes
Yahoo! News:
Reid tells four companies no coal power in Nevada
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The Atlantic Online:
Spider-Man and Planned Parenthood
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Associated Press:
Former aide of Iraq's top Shiite cleric slain in Najaf
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Bird's Eye View
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Anxious Republicans fear another beating
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
Stocks Plunge; Dow Down More Than 310
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Feinstein backs Clinton's bid for president
Associated Press:
Report: Drunk astronauts allowed on shuttle
Little Green Footballs:
CAIR Plans to Continue Suing 'John Doe' Passengers
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
FOX Attacks: Bloggers
Buckeye State Blog:
Rumor: Ohio Republican Implicated In Hooker Scandal
Discussion: Wonkette and DownWithTyranny!
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Oversight Hearing on US Embassy in Iraq
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Matalin Sticking With Fred Thompson
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Gates seeks to calm feud with Clinton