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10:45 AM ET, August 15, 2007

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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'  —  U.S. Moving Against Revolutionary Guard  —  The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Weighing Terrorist Label for Iran Guards  —  The Bush administration is preparing to declare that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization, senior administration officials said Tuesday.  —  If imposed, the declaration would signal a more confrontational turn …
Reuters:
U.S. weighs labeling Iran Guard "terrorist": report
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Los Angeles Times:
Top general may propose pullbacks  —  Petraeus is expected to tell Congress that Iraqis can assume duties in some areas, freeing U.S. troops for other uses.  —  WASHINGTON —  Intent on demonstrating progress in Iraq, the top U.S. general there is expected by Bush administration officials …
James Carville / Financial Times:
How Karl Rove lost a generation of Republicans  —  There is an old joke that campaign veterans toss around war rooms, bars and BS sessions.  We say there are people who have worked in campaigns who say that they have lost some - and we call those folks operatives, managers, strategists …
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White House:
Press Gaggle by Dana Perino
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and MSNBC
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Says He Can Unite U.S. 'More Effectively' Than Clinton  —  Drawing a sharp contrast with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama said in an interview that he has the capacity she may lack to unify the country and move it out of what he called "ideological gridlock."
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Walking a fine line  —  Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) risk alienating veterans or anti-war Democrats when they address the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention next week.  —  Obama and Clinton will be joined at the convention in Kansas City …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
A Campaign Undeclared, Not Invisible
Discussion: The Politico and TIME
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Political impasse key to Iraq security  —  BAGHDAD — Despite U.S. claims that violence is down in the Iraqi capital, U.S. military officers are offering a bleak picture of Iraq's future, saying they've yet to see any signs of reconciliation between Sunni and Shiite Muslims despite the drop in violence.
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
4 Truck Bombs Kill 190 in Kurdish Area of Iraq
Associated Press:
Suicide truck bombers strike members of ancient religious sect …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Fox News:
South Carolina Inmate Hits Michael Vick With '$63,000,000,000 Billion Dollar' Lawsuit Alleging Al Qaeda Ties  —  Embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a "$63,000,000,000 billion dollar" …
Discussion: Argghhh!
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Vick attorneys negotiating plea
ABCNEWS:
Don Imus Sued by Rutgers Basketball Player  —  Star Center Kia Vaughn Names Imus, NBC, CBS in Civil Suit  —  Don Imus is facing his first lawsuit from a player on the Rutgers Women's Basketball team for derogatory comments that cost him his job as a radio host in April, ABC News has learned.
The Blotter:
Exclusive: U.S. Studying Two Dozen 'Clusters' of Possible Homegrown Terrorists  —  Brian Ross, Richard Esposito & Maddy Sauer Report:  —  U.S. law enforcement officials say they have identified more than two dozen "clusters" of young Muslim men in the northeast United States who are on a path …
Michael J. Totten:
Balance of Terror  —  BAGHDAD - The American soldier sitting next to me flipped open his Zippo lighter and gloomily lit a cigarette.  "Do you know why this base isn't attacked by insurgents?" he said.  —  I assumed it was because his area of operations, in the Graya'at neighborhood …
Discussion: INDCJournal and Roger L. Simon
Eunice Moscoso / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich 'sickened' with Bush, Congress  —  Gingrich, who is considering a run for the White House, was referring to a recent crime in Newark, N.J., where three college students were murdered execution style in a school playground.  —  One of the suspects — Jose Lachira Carranza …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Chávez to Propose Removing His Term Limits  —  President Hugo Chávez will unveil a project to change the Constitution on Wednesday that is expected to allow him to be re-elected indefinitely, a move that would enhance his authority to accelerate a socialist-inspired transformation of Venezuelan society.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fox's Right-Wing Alternative To Daily Show Fails  —  In January, Fox announced that it would begin airing the "Half Hour News Hour" on Sunday nights, the so-called "right-wing answer to 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.'" "You can turn on any show and see Bush being bashed," said creator Joel Surnow, producer of Fox's 24.
Discussion: State of the Day
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Chris / TVNewser:
Half Hour News Hour Shelved
Democrats.senate.gov:
Reid: Senate Will Explore Long-Term Fixes To FISA In September  —  Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter today to Senators Jay Rockefeller and Pat Leahy, encouraging them to develop long-term modernizations to FISA that better serve our national security interests …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Rudy Giuliani / Real Clear Politics:
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CNN:
Wife who killed preacher set free
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
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Sara Carter / Washington Times:
U.S. agents accused of aiding Islamist scheme
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Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal issues
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Post / Washington Post:
Candidate: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Academics Give Millions to Put Democrat in White House
Discussion: TigerHawk
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Phil Rizzuto, Yankees Shortstop, Dies at 89
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
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