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10:30 PM ET, July 29, 2007

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Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
Mesopotamia: The Champions of Asia  —  I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said hat today has been as exciting as one of those election days in Baghdad.  Our national soccer team is playing for the Asian cup for the first time in its history.  By comparison this is as if the American team …
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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 …
BBC:
Iraqis celebrate football victory
Discussion: Harry's Place
Peter Gelling / New York Times:
On Eve of Asian Cup Final, Iraq Is the Proud Underdog
Discussion: Hot Air
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  —  Play (1256) (Thanks to David and Dan for videos)  —  Alberto Gonzales is done.  First Newt Gingrich stabs the Attorney General's chances by saying that Bush must replace him because the highest legal office in the land should be filled …
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
RANGEL: BUSH SHOULD BE ASHAMED; AT LEAST HE AIN'T CHENEY
Discussion: rubber hose
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 …
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
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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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Strike Up The Band  —  On the Stephanopoulos bobble head roundtable this morning, Cokie Roberts raised the baton and started the drumbeat: the Democrats risk moving waaaaay too far to the left and that is going to be a biiiiig problem for them "just like it was in Vietnam."  Yes, she said it out loud.
Discussion: Corrente and Daily Kos
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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Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
The Summer of Skepticism  —  When spectators jeered Michael Rasmussen, a world-class Danish cyclist, at the end of a long day's climb through the Pyrenees in the Tour de France last week, they turned the sporting world upside down.  —  The fans were not upset because Rasmussen had performed badly.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Spaniard Contador Wins Tour de France
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pace U's Koran-flusher: Examining the (presumptive) charges; Update: Unconstitutional?  —  The word from LGF is that he's being charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment.  Fair or not?  Let's look at the statutes.  —  Criminal mischief is section 145 of the NYS Penal Code.
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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."
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:
After the Next 9/11  —  Americans are stupid about risk, me included.  It's nuts to fear plane crashes more than car crashes; loopy to be more afraid of online sexual predators than of lightning; irrational to pay more attention to shark attacks than to climate change.
Mark Groubert / Crooks and Liars:
A Crude Awakening  —  C&L July Film of the Month: A CRUDE AWAKENING The Oil Crash  —  Documentary by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack … If An Inconvenient Truth could be considered The Wizard of Oz of environmental documentaries, then A Crude Awakening would have be considered the Rosemary's Baby of that same genre.
Discussion: Pacific Views
 
 
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Jason Steck / The Moderate Voice:
What is a "Nerd"?  —  Mary Bucholtz of the University of California …
CBS News:
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The Toxic Twins
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
U.S. vs. Iran: Cold War, Too
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The Real Transformers  —  I was introduced to my first sociable robot …
David Rose / Observer:
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Alex Williams / New York Times:
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MTP: Harwood Likens Hillary's Cleavage To Barry Bond's Doping
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Walter F. Mondale / Washington Post:
Answering to No One  —  The Post's recent series on Dick …
Rick Perlstein / Campaign for America's Future:
CNN host equates global warming activism with Nazi eugenics
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Critics say Rudy didn't make as many cuts as he claims
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Column Prompts a Dressing-Down
Niall Ferguson / Telegraph:
Worry about bread, not oil
Discussion: Tim Worstall, Blinq and The Corner
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Swat somebody's butt, and yours belongs to the the D.A.
 

 
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