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Fox News' Brian Kilmeade: London terror attack near G8 summit "works to ... Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together"
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
KILMEADE: And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 —believe it or not— was global warming, the second was African aid.
David Sirota: Earlier in the day, Fox reporter Brian Kilmeade seemed to cheer on the attack because he said "it works to our advantage."
Avedon Carol: Media Matters reports that Fox News is talking about the London bombing like it's a good thing: "I think that works to...
Susie Madrak: Despicable Via Oliver Willis from Media Matters: The following exchange between Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and Fox...
James Joyner: Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Sees Advantage to London Attacks — The Lefty Blogosphere is in an uproar over the following...
Barbara O'Brien: If only boasting and posturing and being obnoxious could combat terrorism ... I mostly agree with Public Theologian — ...
Natasha @PacificViews: Also, FOX News anchor Brian Kilmeade is objectively in favor of the London attacks: [snipped quote] And Americans were...
Also: Steve Soto, Skippy, PGL, Don, Atrios

Multiple blasts paralyse London
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Several people have been injured after explosions on the Underground network and a double-decker bus in London.
A police spokesman said there were "quite a large number of casualties" at Aldgate Tube Station.
Smash: Terror in London ukflag.png We stand with Britain. (multiple updates) AT LEAST FOUR BOMBS exploded on three Underground trains and one double-decker bus in London Thursday morning.
Jeff Quinton: News coverage: Fox News BBC AP Sky News CNN Others blogging: James Joyner Captain Ed Cernig Barbara O'Brien Arthur...
Jesse Taylor: Time For That Later — The BBC has a fuller report on the attacks.
Brian Stelter: MSNBC is dipping into the ITN feed frequently. > 6:51am: "The BBC's Frank Gardner said Arab sources said the blasts were...
Norbizness: I'm not sure how the government and Londoners in general will react to today's terrorist bombings, which is obviously several orders worse in terms of magnitude.
Captain Ed: Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for these attacks, which has caused an unknown number of deaths and injuries: "Two...
Also: Joe Gandelman, Barbara O'Brien, Riggsveda @Corrente, Cernig, Arthur Chrenkoff, James Joyner, David T, Norm Geras, Atrios, Jan Haugland, Orrin Judd, Kieran Healy, Scared Monkeys, K. J. Lopez, Ann Althouse

Terrorists Strike London With Series of Blasts
  Fox News   —   Permalink 
LONDON — A series of explosions struck London's public transportation system Thursday in what Prime Minister Tony Blair declared to be a coordinated series of terrorist attacks.
Baldilocks: London Mayor Ken Livingstone (even): "I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange to taking...
Warren Bell: LONDON MAYOR ON THE ATTACKS — London Mayor Ken Livingstone said: "I want to say one thing, specifically to the world...
Scott Sala: FOX has video Tony Blair sums up the free world sentiment eloquently: There will be time to talk later about this...
Jeff Quinton: It also sounded like the Sky News anchor said that all theatrical shows in the West End have been cancelled tonight...
Michael DeBow: Really poorly chosen words from "Red Ken" Livingstone, the mayor of London: "I want to say one thing, specifically to...
Gerry Daly: Update: FoxNews has a slightly different account of the last part of Livingston's statement: [quote] "I know that you...[end quote]
Also: Joe Gandelman, Andrew Cochran, La Shawn Barber, Arthur Chrenkoff, Gateway Pundit, Mike H., Scott Gosnell, Ezra Klein, Barry L. Ritholtz, Scared Monkeys, Feddie @SouthernAppeal

Statement claiming London attacks
  BBC   —   Permalink 
The BBC has located an Islamist website that has published a 200-word statement issued by an organisation saying it carried out the London bombings.
The organisation calls itself the Secret Organisation Group of al-Qaeda [literally the base] of Jihad Organisation in Europe.
Jim Lindgren: Following up my earlier post containing partial or complete translations of the letter claiming responsibility for...
Cori Dauber: Propaganda Disseminated Here — An example of what I've been talking about so perfect you'll think I scripted it: via...
Hugh Hewitt: Statement from the Secret Organisation Group of al-Qaeda of Jihad Organisation in Europe.
Randall Parker: A group calling itself "Secret Organisation Group of al-Qaeda of Jihad Organisation in Europe" has published a statement claiming responsibility for the bombing.
Charles Bird: Their statement: "In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate, may peace be upon the cheerful one and undaunted fighter, Prophet Muhammad, God's peace be upon him.
Joe Gandelman: Here's the full text of the statement but remember that posting it on a website is not considered confirmation.
Also: Riggsveda @Corrente, Charles Paul Freund, David T, Norm Geras, Mike Chandler, Jeralyn Merritt, Dr. Frank

Reporters' Log: London explosions
  BBC   —   Permalink 
There have been several explosions on the London Underground Tube network this morning, and on a bus in central London. BBC News correspondents are on the scene with the latest details.
The police have confirmed there have been a number of fatalities at Edgware Road.
Michelle Malkin: (Eyewitness reports here and here.) If the bombing was indeed caused by a Brit-based suicide bomber, it wouldn't be a surprise.
Hugh Hewitt: Here's the BBC Reporters' Blog, and check in with Adrian Warnock as well. Statement from the Secret Organisation Group of al-Qaeda of Jihad Organisation in Europe.
La Shawn Barber: , TigerHawk, Tony Rickey in London, Matthew Sheffield, BBC Reporters' Log Double Toothpicks Arthur Chrenkoff, The...
Brian Stelter: > The BBC is publishing a Reporter's Log.
Joe Gandelman: The BBC has a great reporters' log on the attack.
Arthur Chrenkoff: Update 8: Call it the British phlegm: "Workers in the city of London are still trying to take in what has happened.
Also: Mitch Berg, Brian Linse, Amanda Marcotte, Susie Madrak

Evolutionary War
  TNR   —   Permalink 
Later this summer, the Kansas State Board of Education is widely expected to change its state science standards to cast doubt on evolution. The new standards will likely emphasize the unsolved problems in evolutionary theory's explanatory power, like gaps in...
Tim Lee: Conservative Squirming — I think this is an interesting and entertaining experiment.
Todd Zywicki: Conservatives and Evolution: Ben Adler has a series of Q&A sesssions with various conservative plenipotentiaries on The...
Lindsay Beyerstein: Conservatives and evolution — Via Kevin Drum: "Do conservative thinkers and pundits believe in evolution?
Digby: Intellectual Compost — This is fascinating. Ben Adler asked a bunch of leading conservative intellectuals whether they believed in evolution.
Jonathan Bunch: Of monkeys and men ... and women — Ben Adler, of The New Republic, has published an article that seeks to shed light...
Kevin Drum: Ben Adler at the New Republic decided to find out.
Also: Chris Mooney, Greg Ransom, Matthew Yglesias

More than 30 die in London blasts
  BBC   —   Permalink 
A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others.
Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two more died in a blast on a double-decker bus.
Bill Roggio: The London 7/7 Hunt Begins — The confirmed number of deaths at this moment is 33, with about 350 wounded.
Baldilocks: Our friends in London get the Israeli treatment. "A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network has killed more than 30 people and injured about 350 others.
Riggsveda @Corrente: Feeling safer now?—Lambert UPDATE: Figures on the deaths have been revised downward to 33, with the caveat that they are expected to rise as information comes in.
Michael Froomkin: London — The BBC reports thirty-seven deaths confirmed so far in today's London bombings.
Avedon Carol: As of an hour ago, more than 30 dead were reported after three explosions on the Underground and one on a double-decker bus.
Colt: A BBC report from an hour ago said that 35 were killed in the Underground bombings, and two on board the bus at Tavistock Square.
Also: Laura Rozen, Steve Bainbridge, Kevin Drum

Bloggers and Photographers Chronicle Chaos in London
  By / WSJ   —   Permalink 
As journalists scrambled to cover the London bomb blasts, ordinary citizens went online to share pictures snapped by cameraphones and reports of what they saw. At, a search engine for blogs, eight of the top 10 searches Thursday were related to the blasts.
La Shawn Barber: Update IV (3:16 p.m.): The Wall Street Journal has a story on bloggers covering the aftermath.
John @PowerLine: The Bloggers Report from London — The Wall Street Journal has a good roundup of reports on the situation in London and photographs of the bombings' aftermath by bloggers there.
Rex Hammock: Eyewitness photos of London blasts: From the BBC Flickr tags: blasts bombs terrorist Flickr Groups: London Bomb...
Jeff Jarvis: Later : More bomb links as the evening goes on..... : Here is a very good roundup of London blogs and moblogs from the Wall Street Journal (free link).
Steve M.: Wall Street Journal headline: Bloggers and Photographers Chronicle Chaos in London Gloss on this at Pajama...
Glenn Reynolds: HERE'S AN INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL on blog coverage of the London bombings. It has links to some interesting stuff.
Also: Ed Cone

Bush is biggest obstacle to a conservative court
  By / Chicago Sun Times   —   Permalink 
Conservatives who have spent more than a decade planning for this moment to change the balance of power on the Supreme Court are reeling from blows delivered by two dissimilar political leaders: Edward M. Kennedy and George W. Bush.
Gail Heriot: And that's part of what Robert Novak suggests in his latest column, entitled, "Bush Is Biggest Obstacle to a Conservative Court."
Jay Rosen: That means if you're a Washington columnist maybe you don't go on CNN with him— until he explains.
Jeralyn Merritt: Novak: Rehnquist to Retire This Week — Robert Novak's new column says Chief Justice William Rehnquist will announce his retirement before the end of this week.
Ezra Klein: The 2+Scalia Scenario — Novak is reporting that Rehnquist will step down tomorrow morning, creating a two seat vacuum on the Court.
Will Franklin: "Imminent" Rehnquist Resignation? rehnquistretirement.jpg Typically, I am not one to chase rumors floated by columnists,...
Alexander K. McClure: Rehnquist — As Poli just noted, Robert Novak has written that secret sources inform him that a retirement by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is imminent.
Also: Betsy Newmark, Orrin Judd, Liesa @LeftInTheWest, James Joyner, PoliPundit, Feddie @SouthernAppeal, Taegan Goddard, Michelle Malkin

6 Blasts Rock London, Killing at Least Two
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON - Half a dozen explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday. The blasts killed at least two people and injured scores in what a shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair said was a series of "barbaric" terrorist attacks.
Jeff Quinton: 2:50: AP reports that Jack Straw is reporting that the attacks appear to be al Qaeda.
Cori Dauber: Blasts in London — Multiple explosions in London this morning — the subway, and one bus, it looks like.
Scott @PowerLine: The latest AP story reports: "6 blasts rock London, killing at least two."
Barbara O'Brien: The Associated Press reports, [quote] A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim...[end quote]
Lorie Byrd: Sky News, CNN, and AP UPDATE: Maybe I have watched a few too many episodes of "24," but I hope that it is at least being...
Chris @AmericaBlog: London hit with mutliple explosions — It's still breaking news at the moment and information is limited but one London...
Also: Scared Monkeys, Praktike, Jane Galt

Two die in London terror blasts
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Two people have been killed and scores have been injured after at least seven blasts on the Underground network and a double-decker bus in London.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was "reasonably clear" there had been a series of terrorist attacks.
Daniel Drezner: The BBC reports that, "Tony Blair said it was 'reasonably clear' there had been a series of terrorist attacks."
Riggsveda @Corrente: Bush is babbling his usual buzzwords.
Lorie Byrd: UPDATE IV: This BBC report says there are two deaths confirmed. I am sure that casualty figures and many other details of the attacks will change in reports throughout the day.
Charles Bird: BBC: "At least two people have been killed and scores injured after three blasts on the Underground network and another on a double-decker bus in London.
Plutonium Page: Here's the big story: Multiple explosions rock London [snipped quote] Ok, have at it. Post news updates here.
Mike Chandler: London terrorist attacks - update — As situation becomes clearer following the dastardly attacks in London this morning...
Also: DeDurkheim, Mediacrity, Gerry Daly, Marc @USSNeverdock

Hume's "first thought" on hearing of London attacks: It's "time to buy" futures
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
During Fox News' coverage of the July 7 London bombings, Washington managing editor Brit Hume told host Shepard Smith that his "first thought," when he "heard there had been this attack" and saw the low futures market, was "Hmmm, time to buy."
Eugene Volokh: According to the excerpt that Mr. Sirota links to, Hume was asked about the stock market implications of the attacks.
James Wolcott: Media Matters has a transcript of the Fox exchange and, to be fair, to be just, when you see Hume's musings in a fuller context, he comes across as even a bigger ghoul.
Atrios: Hume's First Thought — Only on Fox.
David Sirota: David Sirota: Brit Hume Goes On TV & Says He Wants to Profit Off the Terrorist Attack — Media Matters points out that...
Natasha @PacificViews: Update 3: Brit Hume's response to the London attacks is that it's 'time to buy' into the futures market.

  Sky News   —   Permalink 
Walking wounded are being treated on the streets of London after six blasts, believed to be bomb attacks, hit the city's bus and Tube network.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said there had been at least six explosions, but said the picture was still "very confused".
Jeff Quinton: London terrorist bombing updates 3:05 EDT: Wizbang has a link to the Sky News reports on the suicide bomber.
Susanna Cornett: UPDATE 3 - 6:43 a.m. Central: Sky News reporting Al Qaeda-linked terror group taking responsibility; two London hospitals reporting 185 wounded thus far.
Dean Esmay: Sky News has eyewitness accounts. The underground railway was hit multiple times and another bomb tore into a bus.
Jesse Taylor: UPDATE: Al-Qaeda supposedly taking responsibility for the attacks, but it's waiting to be confirmed.
John Cole: If you are wondering why Israeli officials felt compelled to speak, it is because in the immediate aftermath, reports...
David T: Terrorist Attack on London — Explosions on tubes: Reports of three buses blown up Update: The BBC have a log on the attacks where they are putting the latest news.
Also: Scared Monkeys, Michelle Malkin

The Anticipated Attack
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
My son flew in from London at the weekend, and we were discussing, as we have several times before, why it hadn't happened yet. "It" was the jihadist attack on the city, for which the British security forces have been braced ever since the bombings in Madrid.
Jeff Goldstein: "DEVELOPINGâ" More here. **** update 15: Hitchens responds (via Beck); and John Cole prepares us for what is...
Michelle Malkin: THE 7/7 ATTACKS: HITCHENS VS. MOONBATS — Christopher Hitchens delivers a strong antidote to the moonbats blaming the...
Stephen Green: Required Reading — Hitch: [snipped quote] Read the whole thing.
Betsy Newmark: Here is Christopher Hitchens on the attacks. "It is ludicrous to try and reduce this to Iraq.
Norm Geras: Against the criminals — Christopher Hitchens on the London bombings: [snipped quote] See also this post of Harry's on the call for a rally against terrorism in London.

Multiple explosions rock London
  CNN   —   Permalink 
LONDON, England (CNN) — Near simultaneous explosions rocked the London Underground network and three buses at the morning rush hour, police said, causing fatalities and prompting officials to shut down the entire underground transport network.
David Sirota: Tragically, the terrible bombing in London shows we are now paying a horrible price for this silly, dangerous, short-sighted, and truly dishonest line of reasoning.
Charles Bird: Updates will happen as news occurs. Update: CNN is reporting at least 40 dead.
Dean Esmay: Explosions in London by Dean London rescue workerJust got home, 6 am Eastern here.... Multiple explosions, many injured or killed.
Zoe Kentucky: At this point they're saying it was 4 bombs— 3 on the Underground, 1 on a doubledecker with 160 wounded and 40 or so deaths.
James Joyner: Multiple explosions rock London (CNN) "Near simultaneous explosions rocked the London Underground network and at least...
Jan Haugland: At least 33 are confirmed dead, with hundreds injured. The toll is set to rise.
Also: Laura Rozen, Scott @PowerLine, Steve Bainbridge, Scared Monkeys

Timeline of London blasts
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — Below is a minute-by-minute timeline of the multiple explosions rocking London. All times are British Standard Time.
12:00 p.m.: British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the "barbaric" London blasts are terrorist attacks and were designed to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland.
Jan Haugland: A CNN — Timeline says: 2:38 U.S. law enforcement sources say the British government has said that at least 40 people...
Barbara O'Brien: Update: CNN has a timeline of the blasts. The BBC corroborates the AKI account above: "An Islamist website has posted a...
Aleksander Boyd: CNN has a timeline of events. Bloomberg is constantly updating.
Joe Gandelman: Here's A TIMELINE of the attacks.
Echidne: London "Below is a minute-by-minute timeline of the multiple explosions rocking London.
Scott @PowerLine: Another front opens — CNN International has posted a timeline of the terrorist bombings that rocked London this morning.
Also: Ronald Bailey

Many hurt as blasts rock London
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
Many people were hurt today in a "major incident" on London transport as suspected terrorist attacks caused multiple explosions on tube trains and buses and plunged London's transport network into chaos.
Chris Nolan: Another winner. Let me emphasize again how talented this guy is: Writing is hard. Writing under pressure is harder.
Patrick: (Guardian story). The London Underground system has been shut down entirely, in a move thought to be unprecedented.
Kriston @BeggingToDiffer: An al Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility; the attack, staged redundantly, is in keeping with previous al Qaeda strikes.
Cernig: The Guardian has some eyewitness accounts: Eyewitness Belinda Seabrook said she saw the explosion rip though a...
Stirling Newberry: 38 Confirmed Dead in London — Guardian has the latest Several observers have stated that this was clearly modelled on...
Pudentilla: unknown number dies ater — [snipped quote] if you're the praying sort, a prayer or two for the casualties and their...
Also: Jo Fish, Medium Lobster

Message from abroad: 'We are all Londoners today'
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
The tide of sympathy from readers in America and Spain - two countries that have already borne the brunt of al-Qaeda attacks - was overwhelming. Hundreds clicked on a Times Online e-mail link today to send their support to London after today's deadly commuter blasts.
Norm Geras: Let me count the ways — The enemies of humanity struck in London today. The enemies of democracy.
Von @ObsidianWings: In praise of righteous anger — We do not see a Klansman at a crossburning and wonder whether he might have been provoked by our insistence on integrated schools.

Is It a War, or Isn't It?
  NRO   —   Permalink 
The London bombings and different approaches to terror.
Unfortunately, points like these are best made when terror strikes and the collective public mind is focused.
PGL: Best Unintended Line Today — I guess we should not be surprised that the National Review is expressing jingoist noises,...
JoelL @SouthernAppeal: Read it here. This is precisely why we should never ratify Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions.
Spoons: I think he's probably right. Start here and scroll up. UPDATE: Further evidence in support of the pessimistic view.
Rich Lowry: SIMPLY FANTASTIC — The only way to describe Andy McCarthy's piece up on the home page.

Dispatch From London
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
A couple of blocks from Tavistock Square, where the double-decker bus was bombed a couple of hours before, I came across a small crowd gathered around a white truck. From a distance, it looked like another catastrophe, but as I approached I realized the bystanders were listening to the radio through the truck's open window.
Mark Kleiman: A rather weak punch — Dan Drezner quotes David Plotz and Andrew Sullivan on British phlegm in response to the London subway attack.
Pejman Yousefzadeh: And here is David Plotz: "The natural state of the English is a kind of gloomy diligence, which is why they do so well in hard times.
Daniel Drezner: David Plotz — in London at the moment — makes a similar point in Slate: "The natural state of the English is a kind...
Laura Rozen: Slate's David Plotz was in the BBC's offices in London when the news came in. 1145am Update: It seems there were four explosions, three underground and one on a bus.

Purported Al-Qaida Letter Claims Responsibility for Bombings
  By / DER SPIEGEL   —   Permalink 
A letter posted on a Web site frequently used by al-Qaida claims that the "Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" is responsible for today's massive terrorist attack in London. In it, the group also issues warnings to Denmark and Italy.
Jan Haugland: Here is the text of the letter posted on an Islamist message board claiming responsibility for the attacks: "Rejoice, community of Muslims," the letter states.
Susie Madrak: The blasts, which were early on blamed on a possible power surge on the London grid, have now been claimed by the...
Orrin Judd: MORE: -What Does the Purported Al-Qaida Letter Actually Say?
Paul @Wizbang: Scotland yard: 7 explosions / London Metropolitan police say 6 Underground rescues in progress. 300 hospitalized 150...
David Carr: London 07/07 - continuing — The German magazine 'Spiegel On-line' is reporting that something calling itself 'The...
Michelle Malkin: THE 7/7 ATTACKS: WHO DID IT? claim.jpg Der Spiegel reports: "A letter posted on a Web site frequently used by al-Qaida...

In pictures: London blasts
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Two people have been killed and scores injured after at least seven blasts on the underground network and a double-decker bus in London. Here passengers flood onto the streets from Kings Cross station.
At Aldgate, fire crews bring the injured up from the underground network...
Riggsveda @Corrente: People are amazingly calm there, and holding up with bravery and mutual kindness, despite some horrendous injuries.
David Carr: The BBC website is carrying some photographs of the chaos, many of them taken on the spot with camera-phones.
Michelle Malkin: THE 7/7 ATTACKS IN BRITAIN: PHOTOS blast.jpg bvictim.jpg London6.png bvictim2.jpg subway.jpg bvictims3.jpg More at Instapunk , Flickr, and BBC.
Norm Geras: "[Also here]" Update-12 2.05 PM: Pictures here, including of the wrecked bus. Reactions from world leaders.
Jeff Jarvis: Here is a moblog photo from the London subway after the attack, uploaded vy Adam Stacey here (via the Guardian...

After Coordinated Bombs, London Is Stunned, Bloodied and Stoic
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 7 - Bomb explosions tore through three London subway trains and a red double-decker bus in a deadly terror attack today, killing at least 37 people in coordinated rush hour carnage that left the city stunned, bloodied but stoic.
Mark Blumenthal: Not so this morning. As we were one America four years ago, MP hopes we feel a similar solidarity with the citizens of Great Britain today.
Gary Farber: SHOCK. I have no words, but my thoughts are with the people of London and Britain.
Garance Franke-Ruta: The New York Times is now reporting that the other underground bombs appear to have detonated close to the Liverpool and...

Explosions Rock London's Morning Rush Hour
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 7 - A series of explosions rocked the transportation system in central London Thursday morning, hitting at least half a dozen subway stations, trapping people in trains and blowing apart several double-decker buses.
Daniel Drezner: Open London transport thread — Comment here on the London Transport bombings. Tom Regan at the Christian Science Monitor has a link-filled article.
Steve M.: Multiple blasts hit London's transport system. Oh, hell, it's happening again.
Laura Rozen: London explosions. It's still hard to figure out what's going on, except that it seems buses and the underground were both targeted in at least seven coordinated explosions.
Jo Fish: Had the 1600 Crew spent the time, manpower and resources on catching a certain al-Qaeda leader, wiping out the remnants...
James Joyner: WaPo has its own reporter on the scene, although there's no new information in the story. NYT is simply running AP copy at the moment.
Scared Monkeys: Washington Post talk to the threat in America: "The Homeland Security Department asked authorities in major cities...

London rocked by explosions
  CNN   —   Permalink 
LONDON, England (CNN) — Near simultaneous explosions have rocked London, killing several people and injuring dozens in what UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said was an apparent terror attack coinciding with a meeting of G8 leaders in Scotland.
Susie Madrak: Multiple Terror Attacks in London Coordinated bomb explosions throughout London's transportation system went off...
Patrick: (BBC) CNN is reporting that the emergency services have successfully removed all survivors from Kings Cross tube stop, leaving a number of dead below ground "in the double digits."

Judith Miller Goes to Jail
  NYT   —   Permalink 
This is a proud but awful moment for The New York Times and its employees. One of our reporters, Judith Miller, has decided to accept a jail sentence rather than testify before a grand jury about one of her confidential sources.
Armando @DailyKos: I think the NYTimes Ed Board gets alot right in their editorial today: [snipped quote] Is she doing it for that?
Matthew Yglesias: I don't think anyone in the professional journalism game can fail to appreciate the dangers involved in sending...
Cori Dauber: In the wake of the jailing of Judy Miller you're all making all the right noises about the importance of the freedom of...
Tom Maguire: Let me just stab at the Times editorial on Judith Miller. First, putting her on a civil disobedience pedestal with Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks seems a bit much.
Jay Rosen: The New York Times in an editorial today: "It seemed very possible that someone at the White House had told Mr. Novak...
Garrett M. Graff: The NYT editorial board and the WP editorial board don't think jail is very cool either.
Also: Richard Bradley, Jim Romenesko, Kevin Roderick

Trial for Radical Cleric Opens in U.K.
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON — Neatly shorn and bespectacled, Britain's best-known Islamic radical appeared in court Tuesday, charged with encouraging the murder of Jews and other non-Muslims.
The fiery cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri sat uncharacteristically silent in the dock at the Old Bailey as lawyers outlined legal arguments ahead of his jury trial.
Juan Cole: One point I haven't heard so far: The trial of Abu Hamza Misri began a couple of days ago, and I suspect has something to do with all this.
Andrew Cochran: Victor Comras notes that the trial of Abu Mazra al-Masri, Britain's best-known Islamic radical, started in London two...
Charles Bird: As for the timing of the bombings, who knows. Could be G8. Could be Live8. Could be the trial of Abu Hamza. Could be for any reason.
Michelle Malkin: At The Counterterrorism Blog: "Victor Comras notes that the trial of Abu Mazra al-Masri, Britain's best-known Islamic...

London explosions: Your accounts
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Several people have been injured and London's underground system closed following explosions at Liverpool Street Tube station.
British Transport Police said power surges had caused explosions at Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross, Old Street and Russell Square stations.
Norm Geras: Terrorism in London — There have been multiple explosions this morning on the Underground in London.
Laura Rozen: More from the BBC, CNN and on the al Qaeda group claiming responsibility, and a blog round up from Fistful of Euros.
Roger Ailes: London Bombings — From The Guardian Newsblog: [snipped quote] Eyewitness accounts from the website.
John Hawkins: Sounds like it may be 4 bombs instead of 6... *** Update #5:*** 8:39 AM — The BBC has eyewitness reports *** Update...
Jesse Walker: London Links — If you're looking for info on the London attacks, Tim Worstall has lots of links to coverage in the blogosphere and the rest of the media.

Reporter Jailed After Refusing to Name Source
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 6 - Judith Miller, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, was sent to jail on Wednesday after a federal judge declared that she was "defying the law" by refusing to divulge the name of a confidential source.
Captain Ed: Given the hue and cry they have generated over the treatment of Judith Miller and Matt Cooper, perhaps they should start...
Tom Maguire: But I will see your Hogan and raise you two Fitzgeralds - the NY Times gives us two angst-filled quotes from the Special...
Jay Rosen: With Miller now sitting in jail, and possibly facing criminal charges later, "baffled" is sounding lame.
William J. Dyer: Part of it is accepting the consequences, as Judith Miller is doing. It's a very powerful image, a person going willingly to jail for a principle deeply believed in.
Jeralyn Merritt: After Cooper got his call, the New York Times reports there was a conference between lawyers for Rove and Cooper and Fitzgerald.
Avedon Carol: Judy Miller goes to jail, and the NYT pretends that she's a martyr rather than just an enabler for criminals.
Also: Byron York, Garrett M. Graff, Atrios, Laura Rozen, Jim Romenesko, Echidne, Orrin Judd, Roger Ailes

Blair Calls Subway and Bus Blasts a Terror Attack; at Least 2 Killed
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 7 - London was struck by a series of at least seven separate and apparently coordinated explosions in its subways and buses during the morning rush hour this morning. The explosions ripped apart at least one double-decker bus and caused officials to close and evacuate the entire subway system.
Matthew Yglesias: Blogs are probably not the best source of information about today's co-ordinated terrorist attacks against London's mass transit system.
Zoe Kentucky: One of the many, many things I haven't been able to make sense of this morning is why PM Blair thinks this is connected to the G-8 summit.
Michael J. Totten: Al Qaeda Hits London — What a horrible thing to wake up to. [snipped quote] I have never been to England, but it's where my family and my name are from.
Michael Signer: Tony Blair is saying that the attack was timed to coincide with G-8: "Just as it is reasonably clear that this is a...
Susanna Cornett: It's happening in London — Olympics 2012? G8? I'm thinking Al Qaeda. Most people are. We'll see what Britain is made of now.

Four London Blasts Kill 40, Injure 300
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON - Three blasts rocked the London subway and one tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending bloodied victims fleeing in what a shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair called "barbaric" terrorist attacks.
James Joyner: NYT is simply running AP copy at the moment. Updates (0930): The death toll is up to 40, with at least 300 wounded.
Paul @PowerLine: JOHN adds: The death toll is now up to forty, with more than 350 reported injured. I'm afraid we may have an urban legend in the making.
Jeralyn Merritt: London Transit System Attacks — Terrorist attacks in London today. The Guardian is running this updated news blog with the headline that London is in chaos.
Tom Tomorrow: Tom Tomorrow: London Bad news, for those of you just waking up... ...good coverage from the Guardian here.

Blair vows terrorists won't win
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Tony Blair has said terrorists will not succeed in destroying "our values and our way of life" after blasts hit London's transport network.
The prime minister said it was reasonably clear the blasts were a terrorist attack designed to coincide with the G8 summit in Gleneagles.
Smash: PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR: "It is important that those engaged in terrorism realise that our determination to defend our...
David T: Harry adds: Here is Tony Blair's reaction: "It is important that those engaged in terrorism realise that our...
Hugh Hewitt: Prime Minister Tony Blair Here is the BBC's chronology of the attacks and their aftermath.
Norm Geras: Update-9 12.45 PM: Map of the explosion sites. Report of the Prime Minister's statement. Eyewitness reports.

London Shuts Subway After Blasts, Evacuates Stations (Update4)
  Bloomberg   —   Permalink 
July 7 (Bloomberg) — London closed its subway system and evacuated all stations after emergency services were called to explosions in and around the financial district.
Police said blasts occurred in ''multiple locations.'' A bus exploded near Russell Square, causing ''numerous casualties,'' a police statement said.
Glenn Reynolds: unionjack.jpgBOMBINGS IN LONDON: "London closed its subway system and evacuated all stations after emergency services...
Aleksander Boyd: Bloomberg is constantly updating. Blair responds: [snipped quote] Make sure to visit Glenn, who is rounding up the best the blogosphere has to offer.

London explosions: Eyewitness reports
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Several people have been injured after a series of explosions, initially blamed on power surges, led to the whole London Underground network being closed down.
Eyewitnesses tell what they have seen and heard from around the capital.
Smash: Other reports of explosions have not been confirmed by the Home Secretary. Sky News eyewitness reports: here and here.
Norm Geras: Eyewitness reports. Eyewitness (talking on the 5 Live) describes the roof being blown right off the top of the bus, 'almost floating in the air'.
Riggsveda @Corrente: There have been strangely few casualties reported: 2 dead so far despite the fact that one person "said his friend had...
Kieran Healy: Update: The eyewitness reports on the BBC make it clear that it's a co-ordinated bombing of the tube and some buses.

Four Blasts Hit London, Killing at Least 2
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON — Three explosions rocked the London subway and one tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday. The blasts killed at least two people. Hospital officials say 190 people are being treated for injuries in what a shaken Prime Minister Tony Blair called a series of "barbaric" terrorist attacks.
Paul @Wizbang: WaPo 2 dead 190 injured — Al Qeada claims responsibility threatens Danish and Italians if they don't pull troops from Iraq.
John Hawkins: Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the subway stop...
Michelle Malkin: BREAKING NEWS: TERRORIST ATTACK IN LONDON — AP reports: "Half a dozen explosions rocked the London subway and tore...

London hit by terror blasts
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
A series of bomb blasts that appeared to be a co-ordinated terrorist attack hit London's transport network today forcing police to close mainline stations and the entire underground system and causing dozens of injuries.
Talking Dog: London barely had a full day to celebrate its seeming good fortune in being awarded the 2012 Olympic games at a meeting...
Jeff Jarvis: The entire transit system in London has been shut down. There are reports of the top of a double-decker bus flying off.
Patrick: (Times) In government response, the Cobra committee of senior civil emergency ministers has met, and a Commons statement is expected later today.

U.S. Urges Vigilance for Transit Systems
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department asked authorities in major cities Thursday for heightened vigilance of transportation systems after a series of explosions on London transit systems.
Riggsveda @Corrente: In PA, NJ, DC and NY (and probably elsewhere) the law is bearing down on transportation centers to be ready for any...
Atrios: New Thread — Discuss. ...awful, if true, though we shouldn't trust early reports too much.
Champollion: Update: File under this puts it in perspective...I guess he did better than the usually colloquial Bush.

Blasts rock London, Blair breaks off G8 meeting
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
LONDON (Reuters) - Four blasts ripped through London at rush hour early on Thursday, killing people, wounding 150 seriously and disrupting a meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Scotland in attacks Prime Minister Tony Blair called "barbaric."
Natasha @PacificViews: Bombings in London — Prime Minister Blair has broken off the G-8 summit after at least 150 are wounded following four...
La Shawn Barber: Dirty cowards. — While we were sleeping, several bombs exploded in London. The subway was one of the targets.
Barbara O'Brien: Terrorist Attack in London — Tony Blair said today's explosions in London were an apparent terror attack, according to Reuters.

Multiple blasts hit London transport system
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
LONDON - Near simultaneous explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, causing at least two deaths and dozens of injuries in what Prime Minister Tony Blair said was a "barbaric" terrorist attack timed to disrupt the Group of Eight summit.
Amanda Marcotte: Six explosions on double decker buses and in the London underground—terrori st attacks.
Joe @AmericaBlog: At least 40 Dead, 300 injured MSNBC: "At least 40 people were killed in the explosions that ripped through three...
Scott @PowerLine: The CNN story on the bombings is here; MSNBC promises to update this story with details as they become available.

WRAPUP 3-Blasts rock London, Blair breaks off G8 meeting
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - Huge explosions rocked London on Thursday, killing several people and disrupting a meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Scotland in an attack Prime Minister Tony Blair called "barbaric".
Joe Gandelman: From Reuters: "Witnesses saw the top ripped off a double-decker bus near Russell Square close to King's Cross train...
Mindles H. Dreck: To Londoners and all Britons — I interrupt the blogging-at-work ban simply to say to my family, friends and everyone in the U.K.

Al-Qaida Claims Responsibilty for Explosions in British Capital
  DER SPIEGEL   —   Permalink 
Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the series of blasts that shook central London during rush hour on Thursday morning. Blair has left the G8 meeting for the capital. At least two have been confirmed dead and scores injured in the seven blasts on the city's transportation system.
Susie Madrak: Taking Credit And so it begins: Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the series of blasts that shook central London during rush hour on Thursday morning.
John Hawkins: Update #2: *** From Spiegel Online at 8:00 AM: [quote] "The blasts, which were early on blamed on a possible power surge...[end quote]

The Circus Comes to Town
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
AMONG THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC people in Washington when news of Justice O'Connor's retirement surfaced had to have been North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole. Senator Dole is chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and she is following two...
Orrin Judd: MORE: The Circus Comes to Town: If Bush nominates the right candidate for the Supreme Court, Democrats could be in trouble, again.
Hugh Hewitt: "The Circus Comes to Town" is the first of what will be many columns by me on the SCOTUS story.
Scott @PowerLine: The return of Thelma and Louise — Our friend Hugh Hewitt has contributed mightily to my anger management therapy by...

  By / CNN   —   Permalink 
Wallace frequently hosts CNN's "Inside Politics Sunday," the network's live political program on Sunday mornings, featuring newsmakers debating the political events of the week. She also appears frequently on CNN's On the Story, the network's weekly current events program hosted by CNN's female anchors and correspondents.
Saint l: It was hosted by Jeffrey Toobin and featured a panel of experts, including a CNN analyst/barbie doll, Myron Farber - a...
David Sirota: The fact that CNN keeps putting him on the air as some esteemed journalist is only more proof that the Beltway...

Jailing Journalists: Federal shield needed
  Seattle Post-Intelligencer   —   Permalink 
There is no federal law that shields Judith Miller from being sent to jail for refusing to disclose the identity of her confidential sources. But there should be.
Michelle Malkin: With Judith Miller now in jail, many newspapers are calling on Congress to pass a federal shield law (see, for example, here, here, and here).
Joe Gandelman: The Seattle-Post Intelligencer calls for a federal shield law and adds: "Another strange twist in this story is that...

2006 Michigan Senate race is about to heat up
  By / Detroit News   —   Permalink 
Michigan's Deborah Stabenow, one of the four or five U.S. Senate Democrats judged most vulnerable in next year's elections, may have gotten just a little more vulnerable.
Her No. 1 issue since election to her first term in 2000 has been attempting to lower the cost of prescription drugs by opening the U.S. market to Canadian drugs.
Gerry Daly: 2006 Michigan Senate race is about to heat up — So says Thomas Bray in the Detroit News: "Her [Sen. Stabenow's] No. 1...
Orrin Judd: KERRY-LITE: 2006 Michigan Senate race is about to heat up (Thomas Bray, 7/06/05, The Detroit News) [snipped quote] Heck,...
Hugh Hewitt: HT to RealClearPolitics for the pointer to this story on the Michigan Senate race. Powerline and RogerLSimon both opine on Miller's Crossing.
Betsy Newmark: Thomas Bray in the Detroit News looks at the vulnerabilities of Senatory Deborah Stabenow in next year's election.

Widely Red
  By / TNR   —   Permalink 
Books don't easily change bad habits. Which is why there are so many diet books: The Rosedale Diet, The Mediterranean Diet, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, The South Beach Diet, French Women Don't Get Fat, The Abs Diet, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating, The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet, and on and on ad nauseum, so to speak.
Scott @PowerLine: Today the New Republic has posted a review by the estimable Martin Peretz that does justice to the book: "Widely red."
Ed Driscoll: Red Star Over Hollywood — Power Line links to this excellent review of Ronald and Allis Radosh's new book, Red Star...

New York Times reporter jailed
  CNN   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A federal judge ordered New York Times reporter Judith Miller jailed for contempt of court Wednesday for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's name. She was taken into custody immediately.
Arianna Huffington: If it can be proven that such a meeting occurred, then Rove will be in deep trouble — especially if it is established...
Roger L. Simon: And he does this by drinking tea... As if. But now, at least, something good may be coming of this absurd charade.

Judith Miller's New Home in Alexandria Known as a "New Generation" Jail
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
NEW YORK When the judge sentence New York Times' reporter Judith Miller to jail Wednesday afternoon, he did not say where it would be, but E&P soon learned that it would be just outside Washington, D.C. Later, she was seen entering the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center.
Harry Shearer: Matt Cooper talks and walks. Judith Miller rests near Moussaoui. Rough justice, anyone?
Jeralyn Merritt: Judith Miller Placed in Alexandria Detention Center — Editor and Publisher reports that Judith Miller has been delivered to the Alexandria, VA detention center.

Americans Held As Iraq Insurgent Suspects
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military in Iraq has detained five Americans for suspected insurgent activity, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The five have not been charged or had access to a lawyer, and face an uncertain legal future.
Captain Ed: ACLU Still Wants To Define Warfare As Criminal Investigations — The capture of five American citizens in Iraq who...
Jayson @PoliPundit: The ACLU Gets a New Pet Project — I found the ACLU's stance regarding these matters to be nearly as *shocking* as low...

So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go?
  Guardian   —   Permalink 
When Paul Bremer, the American pro consul in Baghdad until June last year, arrived in Iraq soon after the official end of hostilities, there was $6bn left over from the UN Oil for Food Programme, as well as sequestered and frozen assets, and at least $10bn from resumed Iraqi oil exports.
Attaturk: The Unvarnished Truth — Again from a British Paper. How we helped suck Iraq dry before we invaded, and then had some officials fatten their cut post invasion.
Cookie Jill: give this man the presidential medal of stealing sad proof that a masters of business administration doesn't mean s**t...

UK cleric Abu Hamza's trial opens
  AP   —   Permalink 
LONDON, England (AP) — Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Mazri has appeared in a London court on charges including encouraging the murder of Jews and other non-Muslims.
Tuesday had been set for the start of Abu Hamza's trial, but the first session was taken up with legal arguments, which are expected to continue all week.
Ace: Abu Hamza: Kill Him In Prison — "Cleric" Captain Hook's trial began today.
Glenn Reynolds: And a reader notes that the Abu Hamza trial opened Tuesday in London and suggests that's a more likely connection than the G8 conference.
K. J. Lopez: ALSO IN LONDON THIS WEEK AP: "Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Mazri has appeared in a London court on charges including encouraging the murder of Jews and other non-Muslims.
Bill Roggio: The trial of influential radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Mazri began July 5 in Britain.
Colt: Failing those, there's an extract at Jihad Watch. Abu Hamza's trial begins.

Judge Orders Times Writer Jailed for Refusing to Reveal Source
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating the Bush administration's leak of an undercover CIA operative's name.
Tom Burka: Judge Changes Mind; Orders Miller To Do Time At Novak's Home — A Federal judge decided today that New York Times...
Brian Stelter: Here's the thing about Miller. She hasn't been convicted of a crime. She hasn't even been accused of a crime.
Barbara O'Brien: Update update: Perp walk for Judy, but Matt will testify. | bar.jpg
Gerry Daly: Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times have both refused to name their source before a...
Garrett M. Graff: > The New York Times has lept at the opportunity to flog its record here, and posted a variety of articles about the...
Tom Maguire: The NY Times account poses a few questions to which we have answers.
Also: Laura Rozen, Jim Romenesko, Jeralyn Merritt, John Cole, David Allan Pell, Orin Kerr, DavidNYC @DailyKos, Attaturk, Atrios

N.Y. Times Reporter Jailed for Refusing to Reveal Source
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
A federal judge today ordered the jailing of a New York Times reporter for refusing to divulge a confidential source, but a Time magazine reporter facing possible jail time in the same case reversed course and agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity.
Tom Maguire: But today Mr. Kleiman has new evidence, to wit, a WaPo quote from Judge Hogan during yesterday's hearing: "Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F.
Mark Kleiman: His language today, as reported by the Washington Post, is nothing short of startling: [Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F.
Jim Henley: The one who yesterday said "I know that the freest and fairest societies are those with a free press ... publishing...
Billmon: But then I saw this: [quote] "I know that the freest and fairest societies are those with a free press ... publishing...[end quote]
Joe Gandelman: It's all in a day — a day with strange twists as a journalist who has long been believed to enjoy warm infoties to...
Steve Soto: Judy Miller Goes To Jail — Judith Miller was just taken into custody, and will immediately serve a 120-day sentence in...
Also: Giblets, Atrios, Eriposte @LeftCoaster, Jeralyn Merritt, Joe @AmericaBlog

Judge Orders Jail for N.Y. Times Reporter
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating who in the Bush administration leaked an undercover CIA operative's name.
John @PowerLine: This Associated Press article is by Pete Yost. For the most part, it is a straightforward account of Judith Miller's appearance in court today.
Kevin Roderick: Judith Miller in custody * The New York Times reporter who looked into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name by...
Jayson @PoliPundit: Boo Freakin' Hoo — Twenty years ago this story might actually have garnered the lede on this evening's network...
Susie Madrak: UPDATE: .Judy's in jail WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller for...
Jeralyn Merritt: Judith Miller's lawyer, Floyd Abrams, said today: "Asked why prosecutors sought Miller's testimony when she never wrote...
James Joyner: Judge Orders Plame Reporter Judith Miller Jailed — CNN Breaking News: [snipped quote] Update: AP has more: Judge Orders...
Also: Orrin Judd, Joe @AmericaBlog

Shield Journalism, Not Journalists
  By / Reason   —   Permalink 
Everyone has at least one dog to kick in the endless Valerie Plame/Robert Novak/Joseph Wilson/Judith Miller/Matthew Cooper/Karl Rove saga, which is scheduled to end up with the New York Times reporter being sentenced this afternoon.
Jay Rosen: I highly recommend Matt Welch's Shield Journalism, Not Journalists at the Reason magazine site.
Glenn Reynolds: SHIELD JOURNALISM, NOT JOURNALISTS: Matt Welch has some thoughts on how we should respond to the Miller/Cooper affair
Kevin Drum: Let's argue it out in Congress and then pass something that makes it clear what counts as "journalism," what protection sources can expect, and exactly how far prosecutors can go.
Matt Welch: New Column — "Shield Journalism, Not Journalists: Three simple solutions to Judith Miller's messy legal problem":...

The Quiet Man
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
The Op-Ed page in some copies of Wednesday's newspaper carried an incorrect version of the below article about military recruitment. The article also briefly appeared on before it was removed.
Donald Sensing: Recruiting problems — Phil Carter reported in the NYT about the US Army's recruiting problems, which I have also written about.
Pudentilla: calling out the chickenhawks — [snipped quote] mr. carter, the author of this op-ed, is a man of deserved reputation for...
Tom Maguire: Call Missing Persons — I am reading, in my Dead Tree Times, a cogent op-ed piece by Phillip Carter, blogger and recently called up Army reserve officer.
Brad DeLong: (Yet Another New York Times Edition) The mind boggles: The Quiet Man - New York Times: The Op-Ed page in some copies of...
Ed Cone: Uncle Sam wants you — An NYT op-ed by Phillip Carter on our overstretched military: "Although the Army recruited its...
Kevin Drum: OOPS....This is sure an embarrassing editor's note. I sometimes think that op-ed editors don't realize they aren't editing straight news.
Also: Glenn Reynolds, Phillip Carter

Circumcision may offer Africa AIDS hope
  San Francisco Chronicle   —   Permalink 
French and South African AIDS researchers have called an early halt to a study of adult male circumcision to reduce HIV infection after initial results reportedly showed that men who had the procedure dramatically lowered their risk of contracting the virus.
Joe Gandelman: A study has shown that circumcision greatly reduces female-to-male HIV infection — and the results were so...
Clayton Cramer: Circumcision and AIDS — This was a bit of a surprise—a study in Africa that was examining whether circumcision reduces...
Tim Cavanaugh: A Bit Off the Top — Just as I'm in the middle of the terrific autobiography Kinski Uncut, a French/South African study...
Dean Esmay: I wasn't going to write about this story about how circumcision supposedly prevents HIV transmission in Africa because I...
Andrew Sullivan: RE-THINKING CIRCUMCISION: The data seems clear enough to me; and certainly clear enough for there to be a push for...
Orrin Judd: APPARENTLY HE TAKES THESE COVENANTS PRETTY SERIOUSLY (via Jim Yates): Circumcision may offer Africa AIDS hope: Procedure...
Also: Ann Althouse

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Schumer got busy plotting away on the cellphone aboard a Washington, DC-New York Amtrak — plotting Democrat strategy for the upcoming Supreme Court battle.
Captain Ed: Schumer: Go To The Mattresses No Matter Who It Is — Matt Drudge reports today that Senator Chuck Schumer has no...
Angry Clam: To Hell With Consensus- Grind them into the Dirt [Posted by Angry Clam] Senator Schumer got busted promising all out...
Will Collier: Thanks to Drudge, Chuck Schumer is getting a similar lesson today. You don't just have to worry about your pals in the press any more, boys.
Eugene Oregon: Cool That Heated Rhetoric — Responding to this Drudge Report, Concerned Women for America is calling on Sen. Schumer to "Drop your war plans and cool your rhetoric, Senator.
John @PowerLine: Schumer Says Democrats "Going to War" Regardless of Who Nominee Is — Matt Drudge is reporting on an intercepted cell...
Taegan Goddard: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), overheard on a cell phone by the Drudge Report, talking about the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation process.
Also: Steve Bainbridge, Feddie @SouthernAppeal, K. J. Lopez

So Who Are the Activists?
  NYT   —   Permalink 
WHEN Democrats or Republicans seek to criticize judges or judicial nominees, they often resort to the same language. They say that the judge is "activist." But the word "activist" is rarely defined. Often it simply means that the judge makes decisions with which the critic disagrees.
Patterico: How Leftists Like to Define Judicial Activism Yale law professor Paul Gewirtz, who surely knows better, was caught on...
Will Baude: My former T.A. Chad Golder along with Yale Law Prof Paul Gewirtz have an op-ed in today's New York Times.
Hunter @DailyKos: The Most Activist Judge: Clarence Thomas — This New York Times op-ed by Paul Gewirtz and Chad Golder suggests an actual...
Attaturk: There is no more key marker for "judicial activism" than overturning the legislative branch and, as this op-ed in the NY...
Jack Balkin: Activism and Federalism JB Paul Gewirtz and Chad Golder's op-ed in today's New York Times points out that if one...
Brad DeLong: So Who Are the Activists? - New York Times Gewirtz and Golder on "judicial activism": So Who Are the Activists?
Also: Tom Maguire, Orin Kerr, Susie Madrak, TChris

U.S. Holding 5 Americans for Iraq Activity
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is holding five U.S. citizens suspected of insurgent activities in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.
They were captured separately and don't appear to have ties to one another, spokesman Bryan Whitman said.
Eugene Volokh: Treason: Sounds like the real thing, not hyperbole. Thanks to Rusty Shackleford for the pointer.
TChris: Detaining Cyrus Kar — Update: The Washington Post writes about the four other U.S. citizens detained by the U.S. after being arrested in Iraq.
Jeff Goldstein: The relativity of wartime transgressions — From the Washington Post: [snipped quote] Well, traitors, sure.
Rob @Wizbang: Five Americans Suspected Of Treason Held Captive In Iraq — Washington Post - The U.S. military is holding five U.S...
James Joyner: U.S. Holding 5 Americans for Iraq Activity (AP - WaPo) [snipped quote] via Rusty Shackleford, who agrees with Eugene Volokh and Jay Tea that this is textbook "treason."
Michelle Malkin: They're suspected of insurgent activities: [snipped quote] Eugene Volokh's assessment on whether these activities constitute treason: "Sounds like the real thing, not hyperbole."

Reid: Gonzales qualified for high court
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday pronounced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales qualified to sit on the Supreme Court but added, "I don't know if he'd have an easy way through" Senate confirmation.
Kos @DailyKos: Reid agrees, as long as the proper confirmation process is followed through (and there's no doubt it should). But all's not lost.
Orrin Judd: TOO CLEVER BY HALF: Reid: Gonzales qualified for high court (KEN RITTER, July 6, 2005, Associated Press)
James Joyner: Reid: Gonzales Qualified for High Court — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid all but endorsed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for the Supreme Cour this afternoon.
Betsy Newmark: Harry Reid is out there defending Alberto Gonzales and saying that he could be confirmed. Q and O translates this for us.

Republicans want to speed up death penalty
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress have launched a new effort to speed up executions in the United States by limiting the ability of those sentenced to death to appeal to federal courts.
Giblets: Know what's even better than the death penalty? The death penalty without the appeals process!
Amanda Marcotte: We could be killing people even faster — August Pollak reports that the Republicans are looking for a remedy for...
Cookie Jill: repubs want to rev up ole sparky hey...rove might want to take note of this. isn't the crime of treason punishable by death?
Jeralyn Merritt: Republicans Try to Speed Up Death Penalty — Republicans have introduced a bill to speed up the death penalty by limiting habeas appeals.
Alexander K. McClure: Death Penalty Politics — Republicans in Congress want the death penalty process sped up by limiting the ability of those on death row to appeal in federal courts.

Politics taints probe of CIA leak
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SOMETHING STINKS to high heaven about the threat to send New York Times reporter Judith Miller to jail. Miller refused to betray sources she interviewed in trying to learn who leaked the name of a CIA agent to conservative pundit Robert Novak.
John @PowerLine: Even more egregious, though perhaps less surprising, is Robert Kuttner's column in today's Boston Globe.
Jim Romenesko: (NYT) > "This case is particularly outrageous because a partisan prosecutor is training his guns on the wrong culprits,...
Echidne: Robert Kuttner has a good and angry opinion piece on the Rove scandal in the Boston Globe: [snipped quote] Good stuff.
John Podhoretz: NO WONDER THEY CALL HIM 'CRAZY BOB' — Robert Kuttner has a demented op-ed in today's Boston Globe alleging the most...
Barbara O'Brien: But what about Bob? Robert Kuttner writes in today's Boston Globe: "But what about Novak? He obviously knows who leaked the name to him.

Press Gaggle with Scott McClellan and Faryar Shirzad
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MR. McCLELLAN: All right, good afternoon, everybody. I've got Faryar Shirzad, our Sherpa for the G8 here with me. He will do a quick summary of what to expect ahead of us, and then we'll be here for whatever questions you have.
MR. SHIRZAD: Hi, how are you?
Arianna Huffington: But if you do a text search for the word "Rove," you'll see that not a single press person thought that the fact that...
Judd @ThinkProgress: No one asked him about Karl Rove's role in outing undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame.

The Roe Effect
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Roe v. Wade is a study in unanticipated consequences. By establishing a constitutional right to abortion, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court no doubt thought they were settling the issue for good, accelerating a process of liberalization that was already under way in 1973.
John Hawkins: [quote]"— James Taranto [end quote] That's an intriguing analysis. Could the Dems be slowly aborting themselves into political oblivion?
Jesse Taylor: Abortion Math Is For Dummies — James Taranto, an exceptionally worthless man whose major talent seems to be pretending...
PoliPundit: The Roe Effect — James Taranto, whose Roe Effect theory I've long supported, has written an excellent clip-n-save explanation of the theory.
Barbara O'Brien: For example, check out what flaming idiot James Taranto wrote for WSJ. Taranto argues that abortion has been a winning issue for the GOP and a losing issue for Democrats.
Betsy Newmark: James Taranto makes a compelling case for what he calls the Roe effect.

Judge orders NY Times reporter to jail
  By / Financial Times   —   Permalink 
Judith Miller, New York Times reporter, was ordered to jail by a US district court judge for refusing to tell prosecutors the name of her source in a case revolving around the leak of a CIA operative's name.
Skippy: matt cooper will not be spending any time in the martha stewart iron bar hotel, because he's singing like pink floyd at the live 8 concert.
Tim Cavanaugh: "The public has no right to know" — Chief US District Judge Thomas Hogan has thrown Judith Miller in jail.
Saint l: Until then, we'll amuse ourselves with real stories of American justice in action.

London beats Paris to 2012 Games
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The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, the International Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday.
London won a two-way fight with Paris by 54 votes to 50 at the IOC meeting in Singapore, after bids from Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated.
David Carr: Be still my beating heart!! Three cheers and hip, hip, hooray for London will indeed host the 2012 Olympics.
Maria @CrookedTimber: It's London! Les rosbifs ont gagne! London has beaten Paris to host the 2012 Olympics. I'm amazed at how happy this makes me.
Stephen Pollard: But I'm afraid the cost is too high even for that delicious prospect.) UPDATE: I'm left with no alternative. I'm moving to Paris.
Norm Geras: Two cheers (updated) I'm not entirely sure why I'm pleased about this. But I am. This is one, but only one, reason.
Plutonium Page: Midday open thread — Tony Blair's a happy boy today. London will host the 2012 Olympic Games. In other news... here's an open thread for you.
Smash: London Gets 2012 Games — LONDON beat out Paris, Madrid, New York, and Moscow to play host to the 2012 Olympic Games.
Also: David T

Bush Involved in Bike Crash in Scotland
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GLENEAGLES, Scotland - President Bush collided with a local police officer and fell during a bike ride on the grounds of the Gleneagles golf resort while attending a meeting of world leaders Wednesday.
The accident occurred on asphalt, McClellan said.
Lambert @Corrente: Bush runs down a cop and falls off his bike (again) Well, this time, it was raining (unlike the last time, when they lied and said it was, back).
Attaturk: Unfortunately, he did not sink into a bog. Can we just get the jagoff a trike?
Joe Gandelman: The President SPOKE To Him — Now critics can say watching President George Bush on an overseas trip is like watching a...

Syria seen stepping up aid to Iraq-bound insurgents
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Syrians are increasing assistance to foreign fighters preparing to enter Iraq and kill civilians and U.S. troops, despite months of pressure on Damascus from Washington to crack down on the jihadists.
Gateway Pundit: The Washington Times is reporting that Syria is increasing aid to Iraq-bound terrorists: Syrians are increasing...
Colt: IRAQ AND THE GULF Syria is thought to be stepping up assistance to jihadis going to Iraq. The Carnival of the Liberated.

Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan and Steve Hadley, National Security Advisor
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MR. McCLELLAN: We'll begin with Steve, kind of give you a little preview of tomorrow, and then when he's finished, and you're finished asking him questions, then I'll talk to you a little bit more about other topics that I'm sure are on your mind.
Jeralyn Merritt: White House Press Corps Blackout on Rove — Think Progress reports that on Air Force One today, no one asked Scott...
Judd @ThinkProgress: Yesterday, McClellan held a press conference and no one asked him about Karl Rove's role in outing undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Wanted: African-American campers
  By / Seattle Times   —   Permalink 
Chukundi Salisbury knows better than to try to talk his 60-year-old mother into taking a family camping trip this summer — or ever.
Roughing it, she long ago told him, doesn't sound like much fun to her.
Michelle Malkin: P.C. FOLLIES AT THE PARK — From Washington state... State officials, worried that too many whites go camping and not...
John Cole: Good Grief — Unless someone can come up with a really good explanation, I am with Malkin and Sharkansky on this one:...

Rapper Lil' Kim Gets a Year for Perjury
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NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper Lil' Kim was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station.
Jeralyn Merritt: It's now one of my first stops. Lil' Kim was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for perjury today.
Orin Kerr: In New York, Lil' Kim has been sent to jail for testifying falsely before a federal grand jury to protect her friends.