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6:35 PM ET, July 29, 2007

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Matt / Think Progress:
Conservatives Refuse To Appear On Fox News To Publicly Defend Gonzales  —  On Fox News Sunday this morning, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) refused to defend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against accusations that he may have perjured himself before Congress.
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Not Even FOXNews Can Find Someone To Defend Gonzo
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Unacceptable Vacancies Put Us At Risk
Discussion: TalkLeft
Julian Linden / Reuters:
Iraq defy odds to win Asian Cup  —  JAKARTA (Reuters) - Iraq completed one of sport's great fairytales by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the Asian Cup final on Sunday to provide a rare moment for celebration in their war-torn homeland.  —  The Saudis had been bidding to become the first four-times winners …
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Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Mesopotamia: The Champions of Asia
Discussion: SCSUScholars and Associated Press
Peter Gelling / New York Times:
On Eve of Asian Cup Final, Iraq Is the Proud Underdog
Discussion: Hot Air
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Gingrich predicts Clinton/Obama ticket  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2008 and Barack Obama will be her running mate, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicts.  —  The GOP will have three "formidable" choices in Mitt Romney …
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Swat somebody's butt, and yours belongs to the the D.A.  —  Do you know Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison?  —  If you do, don't approach them.  Call 911 and order up a SWAT team.  They're believed to be in the vicinity of McMinnville, Ore., where they're a clear and present danger to the community.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Proposal To CNN  —  The Republican reluctance to engage in the scheduled September YouTube debate has created a fierce debate in the blogosphere, including something of a civil war at Hugh Hewitt's Townhall blog.  Hugh himself has adamantly insisted that Republican candidates eschew …
ABCNEWS:
Three in 10 Call SCOTUS 'Too Conservative'  —  Poll Finds Figure Is Considerably Higher Than Two Years Ago  —  Three in 10 Americans say the Supreme Court is "too conservative," up sharply from two years ago and now substantially more than call it "too liberal."
Ynetnews:
Sudan: Jews behind Darfur conflict  —  Sudanese defense minister says '24 Jewish organizations fueling conflict in Darfur'  —  Sudan's defense minister, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has accused "24 Jewish organizations" of "fueling the conflict in Darfur" last week in an interview with a Saudi newspaper.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Critics say Rudy didn't make as many cuts as he claims  —  It is Rudy Giuliani's favorite boast on the presidential campaign trail: "I cut taxes 23 times" as mayor of New York, he says, a claim inevitably met by applause.  —  The impressive-sounding stat stars in radio ads this week …
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:   In any presidential campaign, critical media narratives develop …
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Column Prompts a Dressing-Down  —  How did it come to this?  Hillary Clinton's cleavage leading off the ombudsman's column?  —  The Post got thousands of angry letters and calls last week — the vast majority from women — in response to a July 20 Style column by Fashion Editor Robin Givhan …
Janet Elder / New York Times:
Same Old Question, Different Answer.  Hmmm.  —  THE war in Iraq is the single most important continuing news issue right now.  Public opinion about the war is a critical part of that story.  That's why when a finding about the war in a New York Times poll could not be easily explained …
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
Official: $20 billion arms sale to Saudis in the works
Discussion: Daily Kos and Roger L. Simon
Angus Shaw / Associated Press:
Zimbabwe's Leader Says He'll Print More Cash  —  Pledge Comes Despite Inflation-Fueled Crisis  —  President Robert Mugabe has promised to print more money to fund municipal projects, a government newspaper reported Saturday.  The pledge came despite hyperinflation that has created severe shortages …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and PrairiePundit
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
It's How We Pull Back  —  Try to imagine what was running through the mind of Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, as he sat across the negotiating table from his American counterpart, Ryan Crocker, last week.  While the U.S. diplomat delivered his stern warning against Iranian meddling in Iraq …
Little Green Footballs:
Pace University Koran Case - Unbelievably Outrageous  —  I've received an email from Stanislav Shmulevich, who has been arrested in New York for putting a Koran in a toilet at Pace University.  And his case is even more outrageous than we first reported.  —  First, Shmulevich was arrested and jailed for 24 hours.
Niall Ferguson / Telegraph:
Worry about bread, not oil  —  The great demographer and economist Thomas Malthus was 23-years-old the last time a British summer was this rain-soaked, which was back in 1789.  The consequences of excessive rainfall in the late 18th century were predictable.
Discussion: Tim Worstall, Blinq and The Corner
Edythe Jensen / Arizona Republic:
Abandoned homes concern city officials  —  Increasing numbers of newer Chandler homes are being abandoned by cash-strapped owners, leaving weeds, green pools and headaches for neighbors and city officials.  —  "It's scaring me," neighborhood services Sgt. Greg Carr said of the trend.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
MTP: Harwood Likens Hillary's Cleavage To Barry Bond's Doping  —  Play (558) (Thanks to David for the video)  —  Ah, the quality of political discourse these days.  Never mind that we're involved in an unwinnable quagmire costing the country thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??
 
 
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The Real Transformers  —  I was introduced to my first sociable robot …
David Rose / Observer:
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