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1:45 PM ET, July 30, 2007

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New York Times:
A War We Just Might Win  —  VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal.  The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility.
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Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
What's Missing in this Column?  —  I agree with many, but not all, of the conclusions Ken Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon reach in this NY Times column, but you really can't write a piece about the wae in Iraq and devote only two sentences to the political situation, which is disastrous and …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The really smart, serious, credible Iraq experts O'Hanlon and Pollack  —  (updated below)  —  What is the most vivid and compelling evidence of how broken our political system is?  It is that the exact same people who urged us into the war in Iraq, were wrong in everything they said …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Hindrocket / Power Line:
"A WAR WE JUST MIGHT WIN"
Washington Post:
Gonzales's Truthfulness Long Disputed  —  Claims of Misstatements to Shield Bush Stretch Back a Decade  —  When Alberto R. Gonzales was asked during his January 2005 confirmation hearing whether the Bush administration would ever allow wiretapping of U.S. citizens without warrants …
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Opinion Journal:
The Real Wiretapping Scandal
Discussion: Who Is IOZ? and PrairiePundit
CNN:   Ex-official: Gonzales testimony 'splitting hairs'
Mervyn Rothstein / New York Times:
Ingmar Bergman, Famed Director, Dies at 89  —  Ingmar Bergman, the "poet with the camera" who is considered one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, died today on the small island of Faro where he lived on the Baltic coast of Sweden, Astrid Soderbergh Widding, president of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, said.
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Swedish Film Director Ingmar Bergman Dies at 89
ABCNEWS:
Surveillance Cameras Win Broad Support  —  Majority of Americans Favor Extra Safety Factor of Cameras  —  Crime-fighting beats privacy in public places: Americans, by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, support the increased use of surveillance cameras — a measure decried by some civil libertarians …
Michael J. Totten:
Baghdad Raid Night  —  BAGHDAD - "We want to use you as bait," Sergeant Eduardo Ojeda from Los Angeles, California, told me before I embedded with his unit on what was shaping up to be a night raid.  —  "Excellent," I said.  "That's why I'm here."  —  This is what passes for black Army humor in Baghdad.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
GLOBAL OPTIMISM, AMERICAN PESSIMISM  —  At Real Clear Politics, Michael Barone dissects the latest Pew Global Attitudes survey.  There is some specific good news about attitudes in Muslim countries: … More broadly, what is striking is how much optimism is reflected in the survey, world-wide.
Discussion: Argghhh!
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Our National Funk
Discussion: neo-neocon
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred's funds raise fear of flop  —  Fred Thompson plans to announce Tuesday that his committee to test the waters for a Republican presidential campaign raised slightly more than $3 million in June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican sources.
Discussion: ComMITTed to Romney!
New York Post:
NERVY JUDITH RATTLED HILLARY  —  JUDITH Giuliani is an opportunistic, puppy-killing homewrecker who has a full-time hairstylist and needs an extra seat on planes for "Baby Louis," her Louis Vuitton handbag - at least according to a hatchet job on the former mayor's wife in the September issue of Vanity Fair.
Alexis Simendinger / National Journal:
Who's Making What In The White House  —  President Bush's senior-most aides — staff members like Karl Rove who hold the coveted title of "assistant to the president" — received a $2,800 cost-of-living wage hike in the past year to earn a top pay rate of $168,000, according to an internal White House list …
Discussion: On Deadline and The Swamp
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A True Political Partner  —  John Edwards's Wife Has Helped Shape His Presidential Bid and Often Shares Its Spotlight  —  Aboard a small chartered jet, Elizabeth Edwards — lawyer, mother, author, cancer patient, candidate's wife — was flying recently from New Hampshire to Iowa.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cream of the crop take note  —  Each morning in Washington, D.C., around dawn, three men wake up and concoct their versions of conventional wisdom for an audience of Beltway political professionals and junkies around the  —  country.  —  They are Rick Klein, the author of ABC News's pioneering tipsheet …
George Pascoe-Watson / The Sun:
PM hails Bush's leadership  —  Tee cosy ... Brown & Bush in Camp David golf buggy  —  GORDON Brown last night praised George Bush for leading the global war on terror — saying the world owed America a huge debt.  —  The Prime Minister vowed to take Winston Churchill's lead and make Britain's ties with America even stronger.
Reuters:
Taliban: Male hostage shot dead  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Taliban kidnappers shot dead a male South Korean hostage on Monday, a spokesman said, accusing the Afghan government of not listening to rebel demands.  —  "We shot dead a male captive because the government did not listen to our demands …
 
 
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