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8:00 AM ET, August 10, 2007

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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
1998 no longer the hottest year on record in USA  —  Here's a story of scientific investigation and discovery I'm proud to have had a small part in.  —  Regular readers may remember that I posted about a climate station in Detroit Lakes MN last week, surveyed by volunteer Don Kostuch …
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Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data  —  Years of bad data corrected; 1998 no longer the warmest year on record  —  My earlier column this week detailed the work of a volunteer team to assess problems with US temperature data used for climate modeling.
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
A New Leaderboard at the U.S. Open  —  There has been some turmoil yesterday on the leaderboard of the U.S. (Temperature) Open and there is a new leader.  —  A little unexpectedly, 1998 had a late bogey and 1934 had a late birdie.  (I thought that they were both in the clubhouse since the turmoil seemed to be in the 2000s.)
Coyote Blog:
Breaking News: Recent US Temperature Numbers Revised Downwards Today  —  This is really big news, and a fabulous example of why two-way scientific discourse is still valuable, in the same week that both Newsweek and Al Gore tried to make the case that climate skeptics were counter-productive and evil.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Did Media Or NASA Withhold Climate History Data Changes From The Public?
Discussion: Moonbattery and Macsmind
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
The Gay Debate  —  Stay tuned here for some liveblogging of the first-ever gay-issues debate, being held by the Democrats in Los Angeles and carried on the LOGO network...  [You can watch live on the Logo Web site here.]  —  9:01: Margaret Carlson is moderating.
Discussion: Classical Values
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Gay Patriot:   Live-blogging the Logo Debate
CNN:   Democratic hopefuls pressed on gay issues
Agence France Presse:
US public sees news media as biased, inaccurate, uncaring: poll  —  More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don't care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.  —  And poll respondents who use the Internet …
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Pew Research Center:
Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations  —  Views of Press Values and Performance: 1985-2007  —  Summary of Findings  —  The American public continues to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures, with solid majorities criticizing them for political bias …
Discussion: Hot Air and Brendan Nyhan
Matt / Think Progress:
In A Three Minute Monologue, Matthews Gushes Over Bush's 'Great Neo-Conservative Mind'  —  Immediately following President Bush's press conference today, MSNBC's Chris Matthews spent three unbroken minutes fawning over the president's "powerful rendition" of his "philosophy" without uttering a single critical word.
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Washington Post:
Romney's Cash Beckons Iowans To Straw Poll  —  As thousands of Republican activists prepare to descend on Ames, Iowa, tomorrow for the straw poll meant to gauge support for the GOP's presidential contenders, the event has all the markings of a historic mismatch.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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New York Times:
Romney Pushed on Conservative Credentials  —  Mitt Romney is undergoing the stiffest test yet of his effort to win over conservatives wary of his ideological credentials.  —  In the days leading up to the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames on Saturday, Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Hundreds of buses to arrive in Ames
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush to order new crackdown on U.S. border  —  The Bush administration on Friday will announce plans to enlist state and local law enforcement in cracking down on illegal immigrants, which previously was largely a federal function, according to congressional sources.
Discussion: New York Times
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:   Earlier Terrorist Screening to Begin for Flights Into U.S.
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Gov't to step up immigration enforcement
Discussion: On Deadline
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Cheney urging military strikes on Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush charged Thursday that Iran continues to arm and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and he threatened action if that continues.  —  At a news conference Thursday, Bush said Iran had been warned …
Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is getting serious.  The media carnival about alleged war critics Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack "suddenly" expressing optimism about the surge is now threatening to balloon into something much larger than those two, a meme much more grotesque and Frankenstein-like.  Call it a Franken-meme.
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Josh White / Washington Post:
Analyst Urges Patience on Iraq, Seeing Chance for Some Gains
Discussion: The Influence Peddler and QandO
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Power Of The Purse  —  Somebody blurted out a little ugly truth: … I actually appreciate Sanchez's honesty here.  It makes it possible to have a real dialog about what's going on.  —  When people evoke the "power of the purse" in terms of Iraq, I'm not sure they are looking at it from the same angle as politicians are.
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Jennifer Delson / Los Angeles Times:
6 war protesters arrested at Democratic lawmaker's O.C. office
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake
Kevin / Pundit Review:
Charges finally dropped against Haditha Marine Justin Sharratt  —  Congratulations to the entire Sharratt family.  —  We have had the pleasure of speaking with Justin's father Darryl on Pundit Review Radio twice in recent weeks.  In the first interview, we provided a detailed overview …
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Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Charges dropped against 2 Marines in Haditha case
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
The 2007 Club for Growth RePORK Card … These scores reflect the percentage of YES votes on 50 anti-pork amendments, which are itemized at the bottom of the page.  Four House members were not included on this scorecard:  —  1. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA-01) - recovering from surgery and thus did not vote
Greg Palkot / Fox News:
Reporter's Notebook: A Different Kind of Terror Tune  —  I've reported on hundreds of terror stories over the years.  It's nice to report an "anti"-terror story for a change.  —  A Pakistan-born British man and his two sons have done what a lot of people have long been demanding …
Discussion: INDCJournal and Hot Air
 
 
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Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Behind the scenes at the HRC/LOGO presidential forum...
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Be Yourselves, Girls, Order the Rib-Eye
Donsurber / Charleston Daily Mail:
Surf and tax  —  Come next January when the top is up on my Mustang …
Discussion: The Agitator
Jim Brown / OneNewsNow.com:
Idaho congressman disturbed by Hindu prayer in Senate, election of Muslim to House
Steven D. Levitt / New York Times:
Terrorism, Part II
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Army to Expand Recruiting Incentives
Discussion: Firedoglake and Upper Left
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Associated Press:
Google lets subjects of news stories comment on articles about them
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Fossils challenge old evoluton theory
Discussion: GINA COBB and Corrente
Howard Mortman / The Politico:
Barack's Barry Bonds baseball bust
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Senator Jim Bunning: "Little Green Doctors Are Pounding at My Back"
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Opposes Raising Gas Tax for Bridge Repairs
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Russian bombers buzz US base in Guam