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6:45 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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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 …
Think Progress:   Media Falsely Labels O'Hanlon And Pollack 'Vocal Critics' Of Bush Administration
Satyam / Think Progress:
Inslee to introduce Gonzales impeachment tomorrow.  —  Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) is introducing legislation that would require the House Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment investigation into Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in the wake of his damaging testimony last week.
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CBS News:
Cheney Hails His Pal Al  —  VP Says He's A "Big Fan" Of Embattled Attorney General  —  (CBS) Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he is a "big fan" of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  —  In a interview with CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
IMPEACH GONZALES?  —  From NBC's Mike Viqueira  —  A group of House Democrats will introduce a resolution calling on the Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  —  Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) will sponsor the measure.  It will be dropped in the hopper tomorrow.
Opinion Journal:
The Real Wiretapping Scandal
Discussion: Who Is IOZ? and PrairiePundit
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.
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:   Is Thompson a $3 million flop?
The Politico:
Bill Clinton seeks truce with Obama  —  Bill Clinton said Monday that he had no interest in wading into "that little spat" that broke out last week between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama over whether the next president should commit to meeting with the leader of several U.S. adversaries.
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Sam Boyd / American Prospect:   The group blog of The American Prospect
Hunter / Daily Kos:
Bill O'Reilly Says He Will "Destroy" Daily Kos Today  —  Today, Father Coughlin — er, sorry, frog in my throat — Bill O'Reilly is planning another in his ongoing attacks against Daily Kos and YearlyKos.  Fox News has apparently been emailing the Democratic campaigns asking them for "comment" …
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David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Bill O'Reilly, hatemonger  — by Dave  —  So Bill O'Reilly is supposed to go on air this afternoon to "destroy" Kos.  Or, as he put it on his show: … Well, it may interest O'Reilly to know that the people whose work it is to monitor hate groups in this country …
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.
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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:   Bush, Brown Present United Front on Iraq
Porkbusters:
weak tea indeed: democratic leaders water down ethics & earmark reform bill  —  Porkbusters obtained the latest version of the "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007'', and as expected, the Democratic leadership has worked some funny business to dilute some of the Act's key provisions.
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Reid and Pelosi are gutting earmark reform  —  Some of my Senate sources have gotten a copy of the 107 page "ethics and earmark reform" bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  —  What they are finding in it confirms what I've suspected for months …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Mervyn Rothstein / New York Times:
Ingmar Bergman, Famed Film 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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Chief justice at hospital after fall  —  WASHINGTON - Chief Justice John Roberts was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Monday after a fall on a dock near his summer home in Maine.  —  Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said she did not know how he fell or what injuries he might have suffered.
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CNN:
Chief Justice Roberts tumbles at Maine home
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.
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 …
The Corner:
Abolish Tenure  —  Should we eliminate academic tenure?  Yes.  I have no principled objection to tenure.  Under the right circumstances, it can function as intended, to protect the marketplace of ideas.  Unfortunately, in the hands of political ideologues, tenure turns into an incredibly efficient tool …
 
 
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