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Lawyer: Cooper "Burned" Karl Rove
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Rove's attorney talks to NRO.
The lawyer for top White House adviser Karl Rove says that Time reporter Matthew Cooper "burned" Rove after a conversation between the two men concerning former ambassador Joseph Wilson's fact-finding mission to Niger and the role Wilson's wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, played in arranging that trip.
Jeralyn Merritt: Fitzgerald wanted to find out the identity of my source. (my emphasis)" Today, Karl Rove's lawyer said to Byron York
Paul @PowerLine: Speculation about the plot thickens — Byron York at NRO reports on his interview with Karl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin.
John Podhoretz: Byron York has a vital detail in his must-read piece right now on the main part of the NRO website.
Dale Franks: Reading Byron York's NRO piece on his conversations with Karl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, prompted me to look a little...
PGL: PlameGate & Rove: the Right Reacts - Part IV — Now that denial and the so what approach is not working, phase III is in full motion - the smear Joseph Wilson approach, that is.
Judd @ThinkProgress: Here is what Luskin told York: "If you read what Karl said to him and read how Cooper characterizes it in the article,...
Also: Armando @DailyKos, Andrew Sullivan, Greg Saunders, Eugene Oregon, Orrin Judd, Steve Antler, Josh Marshall, K-Lo

  Sky News   —   Permalink 
The suspected bomber of the London bus attack has been identified as among the 13 who died, according to police sources.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said it was still not clear if the man had been a suicide bomber.
Damian Penny: Suicide in London — Sky News says the 7/7 killers were suicide bombers - and that they were all born in Britain: The...
Jan Haugland: Sky News now says all four explosions killed the bombers, running somewhat against the common theory that the near-simultanous explosions were the result of timer mechanisms.
Michelle Malkin: More Sky news on home raids related to the attacks. *** 1135am EST. Sky: All four bombers died in the attacks.
Captain Ed: Today, Sky News reports that the four bombers likely died in the explosions, while the BBC flashes that an arrest has...
Andrew Cochran: Sky News: "Highly likely" that one attacker died in bombings and "senior anti-terror police were working on the...
Jeralyn Merritt: The BBC also reports that all four suspects were London natives. Sky News reports all four bombers died in the attacks.
Also: Joe Gandelman, John @PowerLine, Smash, Jeff Goldstein, Andrew Sullivan

White House: Bush Has Confidence in Rove
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
President Bush supports Karl Rove, the White House said Tuesday, rebuffing Democratic calls for Bush to fire his top political adviser over his role in the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.
McClellan said that includes Rove.
Josh Marshall: This from the AP ... [quote] Rove "was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story based on a false premise," said Mehlman.[end quote]
Mark Kleiman: Update McClellan presents a profile in weasel: At a White House briefing afterward, spokesman Scott McClellan was pressed about Rove's future.
Echidne: Nobody knows anything whatsoever, and the White House has complete confidence in Karl Rove: [snipped quote] Second, there...
Jeralyn Merritt: White House Breaks Silence: Has Confidence In Rove — Scott McClellan in today's press conference finally addressed Karl...

Arrest over London bomb attacks
  BBC   —   Permalink 
An arrest has been made in Yorkshire after the identity of the suspected London bus bomber led police to make a series of raids.
Security sources said the bus bomb suspect died in the blast but it is unclear if it was a suicide bombing.
Jan Haugland: Update: Arrests have been made in Yorkshire, where the police raids this morning was conducted.
Jeralyn Merritt: Arrests in London Bomb Attacks — Arrests have been made in last week's London bombings.
Iain Murray: ARRESTS IN LONDON TERROR HUNT — It appears that the investigators have been able to ascertain not only that all four...
Michelle Malkin: WaPo wire here. 1200pm EST: The Economist reports on breakthroughs in the hunt for the bombers.
Joe Gandelman: Man Arrested In London Terrorist Bomb Attack — Events are moving swiftly in the case of last week's terrorist attacks...
James Joyner: London Terrorists All Died in Attacks — All four terrorists who set off bombs in London's subways last week died in the attacks, according to several media sources.

CNN's Kyra Phillips: "definitely a major smear campaign going on" against Rove
  Media Matters for America   —   Permalink 
CNN anchor Kyra Philips responded to a call by Democratic senators for President Bush to fire White House senior adviser Karl Rove for his alleged role in the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame by saying: "definitely a major smear campaign going on."
PGL: Phase IV seems to be blame the Democrats and it seems the White House has Kyra Phillips as their CNN stooge.
David Sirota: CNN's anchorperson Kyra Philips actually tried to make viewers feel bad for Rove, saying that there's "definitely a major smear campaign going on" against him.
Atrios: Smear Campaign — Kyra Kyra Kyra.
Chris Bowers: Update: CNN registers with the Republican Party: "BOB FRANKEN (national correspondent): And just a nod from the...
John @AmericaBlog: Why does CNN's Kyra Phillips hate America? From MediaMatters.

On the Web, Fearlessness Meets Frivolousness
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Every momentous occasion seems to have a moblog (read: mob log). But not every moblog is created equal. In 2004, there was Sorry Everybody (, a Web site where hundreds of people posted pictures of themselves apologizing for the re-election of George W. Bush.
Jan Haugland: The New York Times' Sarah Boxer wrote an article to ridicule them.
Jeff Jarvis: The NY Times culture writer assigned to the internet — lucky us — now takes it upon herself to formulate a strange...
Eugene Volokh: Brutish: A New York Times article faults posts on the We're Not Afraid site (created to "Show the world that we're not...
Michael J. Totten: Here's one by the now-infamous Sarah Boxer in the New York Times, about, where she pulls decades-old...
Mary Katharine Ham: I'm Not Afraid. I'm Big-Boned!!! The NYT is very disappointed in us.
Ann Althouse: The NYT knocks the "We Are Not Afraid" site: [snipped quote] Justified? That "What, me worry?" crack resonants a little too much with the recent Hillary hoo-hah.

U.K. Cops Set Off Blast Amid Raids
  AP   —   Permalink 
LEEDS, England — British troops blasted their way into a home in northern England in what they said was a search for explosives, and police conducted a series of raids linked to last week's London bombings.
Police said 500 people were evacuated from the area and the streets were cordoned off.
Baldilocks: Prediction: We Win — The London terrorists were suicide bombers, one possibly detonated early, but the others blew up on purpose (as if it makes any difference).
Jim Lindgren: Now some of Debka's more unusual ideas are being echoed in a few other stories, though there is still no evidence...
Jeff Goldstein: "London Bombers Traced" — From Sky News: [snipped quote] More, from FOXNews. **** (h/t Mark in Mexico; lots more here.)
Andrew Cochran: Fox News report: "The latest development backs the theory that the attacks were carried out by homicide bombers."
Johnathan Pearce: London's bombings, more developments — Sky News and its sister television channel Fox is reporting, along with Channel...
Glenn Reynolds: ARRESTS in the London subway bombings — which appear to have been suicide bombings: [snipped quote] Stay tuned.

At White House, a Day of Silence on Rove's Role in C.I.A. Leak
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 11 - Nearly two years after stating that any administration official found to have been involved in leaking the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer would be fired, and assuring that Karl Rove and other senior aides to President Bush had...
Arianna Huffington: Indeed, according to the New York Times, only one person has been prosecuted under the relevant statute — a CIA clerk...
Steve Clemons: Since there has been so much silence out of the White House on both John Bolton and now Karl Rove (on the Valerie Plame outing), one just has to find alternative things to do.
Abel Rabinowitz: Today's NYT has attempted to take the scandal to a new level with a front page article highlighting Democrat's calls for Rove's resignation.
Baldilocks: This time, it's the administration's most hated and feared member, Karl Rove. Meanwhile, the hordes are still intent on killing us all.
Digby: "A" Game — In the same NY Times article refenced below, there's this: [quote] "Knowing Rove, he's still having eight...[end quote]
Avedon Carol: Suddenly, not only are NBC's David Gregory and ABC's Terry Moran giving Scott McClellan the Ron Nessen treatment, but The New York Times has a big story going after Rove.
Also: Tom Burka, Captain Ed, Taegan Goddard, Jeralyn Merritt, Brian Stelter, Michelle Malkin, Bill Diamond, New Donkey, Garrett M. Graff, Joe @AmericaBlog, Jim Romenesko, Mark Kleiman, Roger Ailes, John Cole, John @AmericaBlog, Laura Rozen

What we know so far: police statement on London bombs
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Andy Hayman.
"It is now nearly a week since more than 50 people were murdered and several hundred injured in an appalling terrorist attack here in London.
Andrew Cochran: Scotland Yard press conference: Transcript posted on London TimesOnline website - Warrants executed today in search for...
Jan Haugland: London bombings: what we know so far — A transcript of the press briefing today (eh, yesterday) by the London police.
Jim Lindgren: Counterterrorism blog links to the transcript of the Scotland Yard press conference.

The War's Realists
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
"We're fighting the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the world so we do not have to face them here at home."
That's what President Bush said in his speech yesterday at the FBI Academy in Quantico.
Praktike: Am I the only one who continues to be utterly astonished by the Bush administration's bizarre embrace of what ought to be a completely discredited argument by now?
Barbara O'Brien: E.J. Dionne writes in today's Washington Post: [quote] "We're fighting the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the world so we do not have to face them here at home."[end quote]
Matthew Yglesias: E.J. Dionne corrects my error: [snipped quote] Now to be 100 percent clear this never made any sense at all, either before or after the attacks in London.
Billmon: The Devil's Flypaper — Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne points to this nauseating — but highly revealing —...
Hugh Hewitt: E.J. Dionne joins the list of talking heads who believe Iraq is the new "terrorist breeding ground": "Appearing on 'Fox...

'If we don't provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone.' You reckon so?
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
IT'S BEEN a quite a week for what the historian Brendan Simms once described as "conservative pessimism". If we left everyone else alone, say the conservative pessimists, then they'd leave us alone. It's all this doing stuff in the world that leads to trouble.
Damian Penny: Two more outstanding columns from the British media: David Aaronovitch passionately argues against isolationism and...
Barbara O'Brien: I am not so naive to think, as this London Times article suggests, that "if we don't provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone."
Harry @HarrysPlace: In The Times David Aaronovitch also touches upon the theme.
Andrew Sullivan: Here's more context for those who still believe we would not be targeted if we never retaliated: "What does all this tell us?
Arthur Chrenkoff: A must read of the day, the latest column by David Aaronovitch in the London "Times": "'If we don't provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone.' You reckon so?"
Norm Geras: On getting bombed — David Aaronovitch reminds us of some chronology, and then writes: "What does all this tell us?
Also: Pejman Yousefzadeh

Sharp Increase in Tax Revenue Will Pare U.S. Deficit
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - For the first time since President Bush took office, an unexpected leap in tax revenue is about to shrink the federal budget deficit this year, by nearly $100 billion.
Alexander K. McClure: Deficit — The projected deficit for 2005 was: 427 billion dollars With the economy doing better than expected thanks to...
Orrin Judd: SOUNDS LIKE REASON ENOUGH TO CUT TAXES: Sharp Increase in Tax Revenue Will Pare U.S. Deficit (EDMUND L. ANDREWS,...

White House Silence on Rove's Role in Leak Enters 2nd Day
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 - President Bush was asked today if he planned to fire Karl Rove, a senior aide at the center of an investigation over the unmasking of an undercover C.I.A. officer, and he offered only a stony silence in reply.
Steve Soto: But we should also not be surprised to see Bush clam up and refuse to answer these questions, as he has already done this morning.
Orrin Judd: AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE: White House Silence on Rove's Role in Leak Enters 2nd Day (RICHARD W. STEVENSON and DAVID STOUT,...
Armando @DailyKos: The title is the question asked of President Bush, according to NYTimes reporter Richard Stevenson.

White House Still Silent on Rove Evidence
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it misled the public by insisting for two years that presidential adviser Karl Rove wasn't involved in leaking the identity of a female CIA officer.
The president did not respond.
Mark Kleiman: Note today's AP story: President Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would...
Susie Madrak: Stonewall Heh: President Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would fire...
Atrios: Apparently not yet anyway: WASHINGTON Jul 12, 2005 — The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it...
Josh Marshall: AP: "President — "Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would fire Rove —...

Q& A
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
Q: Why was New York Times reporter Judith Miller jailed?
Miller and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper were found in civil contempt of court in Octoberfor defying a federal court judge's order to answer questions in a grand jury investigation.
Jeralyn Merritt: Source: The Washington Post, July 7, 2005, p. A13. This sentence appears in the print edition but not the online version.
Cookie Jill: "source: the washington post, july 7, 2005, p. a13. this sentence appears in the print edition but not the online version."

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Statement on the Partisan Attack on Karl Rove
  U.S. Newswire   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 12 /U.S. Newswire/ — Following is a statement by Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman on the partisan attack on Karl Rove:
"It's disappointing that once again, so many Democrat leaders are taking their political cues from the far-left, Moveon wing of the party.
Chris Bowers: First, Ken Melhman said that Rove' treason was a good thing: "The bottom line is Karl Rove was discouraging a reporter...
Hunter @DailyKos: The central argument is this, according to the two-sentence statement by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman: "It's disappointing...
Steve Soto: The RNC and Luskin have coordinated their talking points now around the notion that all Rove was doing...

Police beat protesters at protest rally in Iran
  Reuters   —   Permalink 
TEHRAN, July 12 (Reuters) - Iranian police beat dozens of protesters with batons on Tuesday at a demonstration to call for the release of Iran's most prominent jailed journalist.
Robert Mayer: Of all people, a Reuters journalist was on the scene and wrote about it with pictures.
Laura Rozen: Reuters is reporting that Iranian police beat up students demonstrating today in front of Tehran university to demand the release of jailed journalist and dissident Akbar Ganji.

Islam does incubate terrorism
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
'There are no Muslim terrorists. There are terrorists," Father Paul Hawkins of St Pancras parish church told his congregation on Sunday. " The people who carried out these attacks are victims of a false religion, be it false Christianity or false Islam."
Brian Micklethwait: And if you liked that, you will also like this by Mark Steyn.)
Ed Driscoll: "Islam Does Incubate Terrorism" — Mark Steyn writes that the political correctness of liberal societies such as England...
Justin @SouthernAppeal: The most beautiful thing I've read in at least 2 weeks: And, of course it's from Mark Steyn — [snipped quote] Me: And on and on.
Ted Belman: Islam does incubate terrorism — By Mark Steyn, The Telegraph (Steyn's insights burn brightly in the firmament like stars.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Mark Steyn talks about the Islamo-fascist component of Islamo-fascist terrorism, and the deep pool of sheer reality denial into which liberals have plunged.

Suspect in Dutch filmmaker's murder makes dramatic court room confession
  Yahoo! News   —   Permalink 
The man accused of killing Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh confessed to a Dutch court that he acted out of his religious beliefs, saying he would do "exactly the same" if he were ever set free.
"I take complete responsibility for my actions.
Charles Paul Freund: Mohammed Bouyeri, the 27-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national on trial for the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, confessed...
Paul Musgrave: Update: News of another, but subtly different in motivation, hate crime in Denmark—the assassination of Theo Van Gogh,...
Roger L. Simon: Van Gogh Murderer Confesses - Still No Word from Hollywood — Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh's jihadist killer -...

White House: Bush confident in Rove
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two days of questions, the White House said Tuesday that President Bush continues to have confidence in Karl Rove, the presidential adviser at the center of the investigation into the leak identifying a female CIA officer.
Talking Dog: Your talking dog is enjoying the mmm mmm goodness of watching the President and his principal advisor Karl Rove twist,...
RJ Eskow: confidence man the white house finally broke its recent silence on plamegate, saying it has "confidence" in karl rove.

How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL
  By / Time   —   Permalink 
A crackle in the brush. That's the sound the Afghan herder recalls hearing as he walked alone through a pine forest last month. When he looked up, he saw an American commando, his legs and shoulder bloodied. The commando pointed his gun at the Afghan.
Blackfive: The Shepherd and the Seal — Hennesy sends the link to the Time article about the Afghan Shepherd who saved the wounded...
Bill @INDCJournal: A Sad, Gripping, Inspirational Story — Time: "How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL:" "A crackle in the brush.
Orrin Judd: MORE: How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL: Exclusive: The tale of an Afghan's amazing rescue of a wounded U.S. commando (TIM MCGIRK, 7/11/05, TIME) "A crackle in the brush.

Democrats Take Aim at Rove in Leak Case
  LAT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON — The ongoing controversy about who might have leaked the name of a covert CIA operative to journalists heated up Monday as reports about the possible involvement of President's Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, dominated the daily White House news briefing and Democrats began to ratchet up their criticism of Rove.
Hunter @DailyKos: Now Jesse Lee at The Stakeholder points everyone to this LA Times story which states: "Luskin declined to say whether...
Kevin Drum: The LA Times today: "Luskin declined to say whether Rove knew that Plame was a covert agent...." But this is a logical identity, isn't it?
John @AmericaBlog: "- LA Times. - Washington Post, lead story. - NY Newsday."
Pudentilla: can you frog-march a lame duck?

Bomber Kills 3 in Israeli Mall Blast
  AP   —   Permalink 
NETANYA, Israel — A teenage Palestinian bomber killed three Israelis and wounded at least 30 others in front of a crowded shopping mall in this seaside city, the first such attack in nearly five months and a blow to a truce that has revived peace hopes.
Forkum: And after months of relative calm in Israel, FoxNews reports today: Bomber Kills 3 in Israeli Mall Blast.
Baldilocks: And the terror hasn't stopped in Israel.

London bombers 'were all British'
  BBC   —   Permalink 
Detectives now believe the London bombings were carried out by four British-born men in what were possibly the country's first suicide attacks.
Security sources said it was likely at least three of the men, said to be of Pakistani-origin, are dead after their belongings were found at the scenes.
Charles Paul Freund: British Bombers — The BBC is reporting that at least three of the suspected terrorist bombers in last week's London...
Hilzoy @ObsidianWings: However: [quote] "The BBC's Frank Gardner said it was unlikely the men - who police believe were all British - acted alone.[end quote]

  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
While combatants on both sides of the Cuba war have been known to literally kill their opponents in decades past, these days the preferred method is political assassination.
Randy Paul: All Dissent Is Opposition — Courtesy of Marc Cooper, I'd like to point out this article by Ann Bardach in Slate.
Kevin Drum: So yesterday I noticed it when she had an article in Slate about Alberto Coll, a conservative Republican who made a...

Worse Than Death
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Last year a German teenager named Sven Jaschan released the Sasser worm, one of the costliest acts of sabotage in the history of the Internet. It crippled computers around the world, closing businesses, halting trains and grounding airplanes.
Tom @BeggingToDiffer: COMPUTER CRIME AND PUNISHMENT — Is John Tierney kidding? I honestly don't know.
Orrin Judd: WORSE: Worse Than Death (JOHN TIERNEY, 7/12/05, NY Times) [snipped quote] E): take away his Ayn Rand collection.
Gary Farber: Compare and contrast: Mike Musgrove on hackers (except he calls them "fans" and "tinkerers"), and their tremendous...

Frog-Marching Time for Rove?
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The liberal blogosphere is aflame with animosity toward Karl Rove, now that he's been sucked deeper into the Plame probe.
Some folks out there think he should just be thrown in the jail cell next to Judy Miller's, no indictment or trial necessary.
Lambert @Corrente: Keller to blogosphere: Drop dead!
Daniel Drezner: "The liberal blogosphere says yes; Mickey Kaus and Tom Maguire say no; [And what about you?—ed."

Police fund visit by academic who justifies suicide bombings
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
A VICTIM support group has questioned why an Islamic academic who justifies suicide bombings has been invited to speak at a London conference paid for by the British taxpayer.
David T: They shouldn't be helped in this task, either by the SWP, or by the police!
Andrew Stuttaford: GOOD QUESTION — Via the London Times: "A victim support group has questioned why an Islamic academic who justifies...
Blackfive: Professor Who Justifies Terrorism to Speak in London — The Times is reporting that a professor that is sympathetic to...

Two Big Thumbs-Up For Public Radio, TV
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Is public broadcasting a nest of left-wing biases? Ken Tomlinson of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and radio, was so concerned about the alleged leftward drift of programs on National Public Radio and the Public...
Tom @BeggingToDiffer: Sadly for Mr. Tomlinson, the Washington Post is reporting today that the ombudsmen's early verdicts are glowing with praise.
Jim Romenesko: CPB ombudsmen give thumbs-up to NPR, PBS programming — Washington Post What kind of slanted reporting have Corporation...
Kevin Drum: Here's the scoop: [snipped quote] It must be time to fire them both and find someone who gets it, don't you think?
Garrett M. Graff: As it turns out, not much. Actually, as it turns out, none at all," Farhi writes.

The real Rove scandal
  By / LAT   —   Permalink 
If you can't shoot the messenger, take aim at his wife.
That clearly was the intent of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove in leaking to a reporter that former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent.
Susie Madrak: Robert Scheer: In the end, though, what Rove's leak and Novak's column really exposed was the depravity of the...
Gateway Pundit: How they can print this crap in the day and sleep at night is beyond me... Robert Sheer from the LA Times plays mush...
John @AmericaBlog: Not so good first paragraphs, but other articles/columns of note today: "- Robert Scheer (I haven't even read this yet and I know it's gonna be good, love this man).
Cookie Jill: when false patriots attack true patriots maybe the press should start questioning #41 as to why his son slandered a man he proclaimed a "true american hero"?

Smelling like a Rove
  By / Salon   —   Permalink 
Karl Rove, George W. Bush's chief political strategist, has not been having an especially happy second term. His boss's political fortunes are in the dumps, and nothing Rove plans — the Terri Schiavo fight, or the Social Security whistle-stop tour, or the...
Greg Saunders: Greg Saunders: De-parsing Rove's Alibi This bit from Salon does a good job in summing up the legalistic wingnut defense...
Jeralyn Merritt: Salon has a new primer on the confusing case. The New York Times recaps prior White House briefings about the leaks.
Greg @TheTalentShow: De-parsing Rove's Alibi — This bit from Salon does a good job in summing up the legalistic wingnut defense of Karl Rove...

Leeds homes raided in hunt for London bombers
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
Army bomb experts today blasted their way into an empty flat in Leeds before a police search squad was sent in, under the protection of 100 armed officers, to hunt for explosives in a dramatic operation against the London bombers.
Hugh Hewitt: This is very alarming: "Local residents said one of the people living at 51 Colwyn Road was 22-year-old Shahzad Tanweer.
Andrew Cochran: CNN on police raids and theories - also London Times on Leeds police raids NEVER FORGET - London Times: "Gladys...

Contempt and defiance from Muslim accused of murdering film-maker
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
The gulf between the West and radical Islam was on painful display yesterday when a young Muslim went on trial for the murder of the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh but refused to recognise the court's authority.
Gateway Pundit: On Tuesday, Bouyeri displayed contempt for the judges, prosecutors, psychologists and police.
David Cohen: ASYSTOLE — Contempt and defiance from Muslim accused of murdering film-maker (David Rennie, Telegraph, 7/12/05)...
James Joyner: Contempt and defiance from Muslim accused of murdering film-maker (Telegraph) [snipped quote] One would think the nature...
Stanley Kurtz: But I'm not sure anything conveys Europe's problem quite as powerfully as this story, about the trial of the man accused of murdering Theo van Gough.

BBC edits out the word terrorist
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday.
Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers".
Oliver Kamm: What's wrong - and what isn't - with the BBC — The Telegraph reports: [snipped quote] Let's say, again, what is and is not wrong with this.
Joe Gandelman: BBC Nixes Word "Terrorist" In Its London Bombing Coverage — Here's yet another sign that these days BBC stands for Bad...
Jan Haugland: Well, apparently the BBC has changed its way, by removing the term terrorist from articles about the London bombings.
Rob @Wizbang: BBC Going All PC On Terrorists — Telegraph - The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and...
Andrew Cochran: Director of London's Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies Hani Sibai: There are No "Civilians" in Islamic Law;The...
Michelle Malkin: BBC coverage here (hey, they let the word "terrorist" get through. Someone's snoozing on the job.)
Also: Jeff Goldstein, James Joyner, John Cole, Betsy Newmark, Jason Van Steenwyk, Ace, Orrin Judd, Cliff May

Islamist cleric declared war on Britain six months ago
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
THE London bombings occurred exactly six months after an extremist cleric based in the capital declared that Islam was at war with Britain.
Investigators are examining their limited records on the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammed to determine if any have been recently recruited into an active terror cell.
Jan Haugland: The Counterterrorism Blog has a big roundup, including this information: Islamist cleric declared war on Britain six...
Andrew Cochran: Islamist cleric declared war on Britain six months ago - "The London bombings occurred exactly six months after an...

Bush ignores questions about Rove in leak case
  AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two days of questions, the White House said Tuesday that President Bush continues to have confidence in Karl Rove, the presidential adviser at the center of the investigation into the leak identifying a female CIA officer.
Joe Gandelman: USA TODAY has a poll RIGHT HERE so you can vote now.
Michael @AmericaBlog: USA Today Poll: Should Rove Be Fired? Vote now. (Thanks to threader Jesusland Joe for pointing us to this.)

In sanctum Santorum
  By / Boston Globe   —   Permalink 
Today, I'd like to take a few moments to express profound thanks to Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the US Senate. In fact, all Bostonians should thank him for sharing his incredible wisdom and insight about this city and its depraved ways.
Michelle Pilecki: Oh, and just to keep the Rickwatch up to date, Brian McGrory of The Boston Globe has taken exception to the senator's...
Jesse Taylor: Three Rings In Four Years Can't Be Wrong — Patridiot Watch lets us know that for a man who hates sex, Rick Santorum sure is a huge cock.
Zoe Kentucky: If that isn't absurd/outrageous/ridicul ous/insane enough for you, when a Santorum aide was recently asked to clarify...

Evangelicals Are a Growing Force in the Military Chaplain Corps
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
COLORADO SPRINGS - There were personal testimonies about Jesus from the stage, a comedian quoting Scripture and a five-piece band performing contemporary Christian praise songs. Then hundreds of Air Force chaplains stood and sang, many with palms upturned, in a service with a distinctively evangelical tone.
Hugh Hewitt: The New York Times has its latest installment in the "Drive Evangelicals from the Military" series.
Pudentilla: your tax dollars at prayer — [snipped quote] "brigideer general cecil r. richardson?" "air force deputy chief of...
Orrin Judd: Evangelicals Are a Growing Force in the Military Chaplain Corps (LAURIE GOODSTEIN, 7/12/05, NY Times) "There were...

Bork's Shadow Looms Over Court Opening
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The beard is gone. Once scraggly and reddish, it had long since turned scraggly and white, and so finally he shaved it off. "It was time to go," he said.
But if the cleanshaven Robert H. Bork is no longer recognized and approached at airports, his image remains vividly etched in the minds of official Washington.
Taegan Goddard: Meanwhile, the Washington Post says Robert Bork's shadow looms over all Supreme Court nominees.
Todd Zywicki: Bork's Shadow—Larger Than Recognized: The Washington Post assesses Bork's shadow: [snipped quote] Focusing just on the...
Faiz @ThinkProgress: The Washington Post captured the anger on the right in a story this morning: [quote] "Robert Bork represented the moment when...[end quote]

Public: Likelihood of Terrorist Attack in United States Now Higher
  By / Gallup   —   Permalink 
PRINCETON, NJ — A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey this past weekend shows that the July 7 terrorist attacks in London have raised the specter of more terrorism in the United States, with a majority of Americans now expecting an imminent attack.
Gerry Daly: Gallup: Likelihood of Terrorist Attack in United States Now Higher — Gallup also has a new survey out, similar to the Pew survey.
Taegan Goddard: "A new Gallup poll shows a similar rebound with Bush's approval now at 49%, up from 46% at the end of June. Link | Related News
Susie Madrak: The Sleeping Giant Awakes The slumbering populace awakes, and it doesn't look good for Bubble Boy: PRINCETON, NJ—A...

Exclusive: Dean for Mayor
  New York Observer   —   Permalink 
Add a name to that long, sweet list of Democrats who thought for a minute or two about running against Mike Bloomberg — Bob Kerrey, Jerry Nadler, perhaps Bill Clinton:
Taegan Goddard: Dean Considered Bid for Mayor — The Politicker says that after last year's presidential election, when Howard Dean was...
Scott Sala: Ben Smith at The Politicker says Howard Dean entertained running for mayor of NYC against Bloomberg - though this was before his ascention to the DNC chair.

Decision narrows field for Senate
  By / Baltimore Sun   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced yesterday that he would not run for Maryland's vacant U.S. Senate seat next year, ending months of speculation over whether the second-term congressman would join the race to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
Taegan Goddard: Van Hollen Will Not Make Senate Bid — Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced that he will not run for Senate next year...
Alexander K. McClure: 2006 Maryland Senate Race — It looks like the Democratic Senate field in Maryland has narrowed to Benjamin Cardin and...

NAACP to target private business
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
MILWAUKEE — The NAACP will target private companies as part of its economic agenda, seeking reparations from corporations with historical ties to slavery and boycotting companies that refuse to participate in its annual business diversity report card.
Paul @PowerLine: The extortion tactics are described by the Washington Times.
John Hawkins: So instead, they're going to target businesses with their reparations swindle.
Betsy Newmark: This is what their priority is.

Terrorist gang 'used military explosives'
  Times of London   —   Permalink 
A SINGLE bombmaker using high-grade military explosives is believed to be responsible for building the four devices that killed more than 50 people last week, The Times can reveal.
Jan Haugland: London bombings - details from ongoing investigation — British police believes that a single bombmaker was responsible...
Jim Lindgren: The Times (London): "It is understood that the examination of the No 30 bus at Tavistock Square has yielded vital fragments that have sharpened the focus of the police inquiry.
Roger L. Simon: From the London Times: "The nature of the explosives appears to be military, which is very worrying," said...
Michael @AmericaBlog: London Bombers Used Military Explosives — It's sad, but my first thought on hearing the bombs used military explosives...

British Police Raid 5 Homes in Investigation of London Blasts
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
LONDON, July 12 - Authorities announced today that police had raided five homes in the northern city of Leeds and said the action was "directly connected" to last Thursday's terrorist bombings of subway trains and a bus.
Hugh Hewitt: The first big raids in the hunt for the London bombers have been launched.
John Cole: Progress in London Bombings Investigation — Seems like the Brits think they have some leads in the investigation

Mr. Smith Went to Washington
  NRO   —   Permalink 
And he was something different at the FEC.
Five years ago, the hottest confirmation fight in Washington wasn't over a judicial nominee, or an ambassador, or a cabinet choice.
K. J. Lopez: And with the blogopshere just loving the FEC nowadays...well, enjoy Smith go at John McCain. Here's Byron's piece.
Michael DeBow: Byron York's interview of outgoing FEC commissioner Brad Smith is now on NRO. The best bit: [quote] "McCain has always refused to meet with me," Smith says.[end quote]

White House in a Bind Over Rove E-Mail
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it misled the public by insisting for two years that presidential adviser Karl Rove wasn't involved in leaking the identity of a female CIA officer.
Susie Madrak: Because frankly, dear readers, the only reason the Beltway press got off their collective hind legs yesterday is because their feelings were hurt.
John @AmericaBlog: AP: "The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it misled the public by insisting for two years that...

Bush Aide Deflects Questions On Rove
  WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush's aides put up a wall yesterday when questioned about revelations that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove had discussed the role of CIA official Valerie Plame with a reporter despite past White House assertions that he was not involved in her unmasking.
John @AmericaBlog: "- Washington Post, lead story. - NY Newsday."
Jim Romenesko: > NBC's Gregory tells McClellan it's "ridiculous" to duck questions (NYT) > Reporters grilled McClellan by quoting his own words back to him (WP)

In Hawaii, a Chance to Heal, Long Delayed
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Less than a month after 9/11, with terrorism fears threatening to put jet travel and thus the Hawaiian economy into a death spiral, tourism officials there announced an emergency marketing campaign to promote the state as a place of rest, solace and healing.
Captain Ed: Despite the decades of corruption and poverty these examples created for Native Americans, Lawrence Downes and the New...
Michelle Malkin: APARTHEID IN HAWAII — Lawrence Downes of the New York Times writes in support of the Native Hawaiian Government...

Judge Limits Statute's Ability to Curb Iraq Contractor Fraud
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
A federal judge issued a ruling yesterday that will limit the applicability of a critical antifraud statute against corporate contractors in Iraq.
Judge T. S. Ellis III of Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., held that the False Claims Act does not...
Avedon Carol: Judge says it's okay for contractors to defraud Iraqis: A federal judge issued a ruling yesterday that will limit the...
Susie Madrak: The Plantation Party time: A federal judge issued a ruling yesterday that will limit the applicability of a critical antifraud statute against corporate contractors in Iraq.

Examiner Replaces Ad Executive
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
The Washington Examiner, one of two free daily tabloids owned by media-shy Denver billionaire Philip F. Anschutz, has replaced its vice president of advertising, the second senior personnel shuffle since the paper launched in February.
Garrett M. Graff: Examiner Replaces Ad Exec — The Post's Annys Shin reports this morning that the Examiner has seen its second executive...
Jim Romenesko: DC Examiner replaces advertising veep after five months — Washington Post Akron Beacon Journal ad exec Scott H. Brooks replaces Charleen Stewart at the Examiner.

Bush Adviser Helped Law Firm Land Job Lobbying for CNOOC
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
President Bush's top independent intelligence adviser met last winter with investment bankers in China to help secure his law firm's role in lobbying for a state-run Chinese energy firm and its bid for the U.S. oil company Unocal Corp., according to his law firm, Akin Gump.
Pudentilla: republican corruption watch — [snipped quote] when conservatives saw the strategic challenges chinese economic growth...
Laura Rozen: Bush's top independent intelligence advisor, James C Langdon Jr., has been lobbying for a Chinese energy firm to secure its Unocal bid, the WaPo reports.

Democratic Leader Discounts a Filibuster
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 11 - Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said Monday that he did not foresee a filibuster against President Bush's choice for the Supreme Court, but warned that Democrats would not hesitate to slow the confirmation if they found the process or the nominee objectionable.
Taegan Goddard: Reid Doubts Filibuster But Keeps Option — Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said "that he did not foresee a filibuster against...
Betsy Newmark: Harry Reid is already signaling that the Democrats don't have the strength to launch a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee.

The Logic of Suicide Terrorism
  The American Conservative   —   Permalink 
Last month, Scott McConnell caught up with Associate Professor Robert Pape of the University of Chicago, whose book on suicide terrorism, Dying to Win, is beginning to receive wide notice. Pape has found that the most common American perceptions about who the terrorists are and what motivates them are off by a wide margin.
Matthew Yglesias: University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape, for example, has studied a database of suicide bombings around...
Ogged @Unfogged: Get Out — We've been talking about trying to understand terrorists' motivations, and this whole interview (via drum)...
Orrin Judd: The Logic of Suicide Terrorism: It's the occupation, not the fundamentalism (Scott McConnell, 7/18/05, American...
Kevin Drum: Some excerpts: [snipped quote] Dan Drezner has more on Pape, including a link to the 2003 paper that was a precursor to...

Israeli MD hero on bombed London tube
  By / Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
Dr. Benny Meilik and his young family had finished their breakfast and were getting ready to explore London. It was the first time they had visited the city together and Bar, 17, and Rony, 12, couldn't wait to get out and see the sights they heard so much about.
Scott @PowerLine: And I would personally vouch for the reliability of this Jerusalem Post story that highlights the other side of the connection: "Israeli MD hero on bombed London tube."
Norm Geras: From Tel Aviv to London — [snipped quote] The story of an Israeli doctor, Dr Benny Meilik, who has worked as an...

The tragedy of Africa
  By /   —   Permalink 
The official declarations coming out of the G8 meetings in Scotland, as well as the raucous demonstrations surrounding those meetings, talk about saving Africa. But, looking back over the decades and generations, Africa has been "saved" so many times that you have to wonder why it still needs saving.
S.Z.: But Thomas, who knows that the free market is right about everything, accepts his fate gracefully, and goes out...
Betsy Newmark: Thomas Sowell is so right about Africa and the misguided policies that have made that continent suffer untold...

Spokesman Holds Tongue During Intense Grilling
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
On the north lawn of the White House yesterday afternoon, gardeners were taking a chain saw and wood chipper to some tree branches. Inside the briefing room, reporters were taking press secretary Scott McClellan to the woodshed.
Taegan Goddard: Dana Millbank covered the White House press briefing by Scott McClellan, noting "the 32-minute pummeling was perhaps the...
Garrett M. Graff: The subject is now on everyone's lips, and front page news in both the Washington Post and the New York Times today, among other papers.
John @AmericaBlog: More bad Rove stories for the White House — Tomorrow's Washington Post, p4: [snipped quote] Good story up on USA Today...
Brian Stelter: In the movies they call this 'foreshadowing.'" > Dana Milbank: At the end of yesterday's briefing, "CNN's Bob Franken asked if he could have one more question.
Jim Romenesko: McClellan refuses to answer 35 questions about Rove/Plame — Washington Post | Dana Milbank reports that...

FEC Hears Bloggers' Bid to Share Media Exemption
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
They go to the political conventions. They cover the White House. Now, some bloggers want the same special protections from campaign finance laws that the mainstream media enjoy.
Chris Bowers: Even beyond this, however, what really gets my goat is another story I saw today over at Eschaton: [snipped quote] Let me get this straight.
Atrios: The Media Loophole — Stupider and stupider: "Bloggers want it both ways," said Carol Darr, head of the Institute for...
Glenn Reynolds: REGULATING BLOGGERS — some possibly good news from the FEC: [snipped quote] I agree with Kos.
Captain Ed: FEC Still Considering Blogger Exemption — The Washington Post updates its readers on the efforts by the FEC to...
Bill Hobbs: FEC Blog Regulation Update — Here's an update from the Washington Post on the threat of Federal Election Commission regulation of political blogs.
Todd Zywicki: Bloggers and FEC Regulation: An informative update on the current state of the question of FEC regulation of bloggers...

Past White House Briefings on C.I.A. Leak Case
  NYT   —   Permalink 
President Bush and Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, have discussed the disclosure of the identity of a covert C.I.A. operative at a variety of news conferences and briefings for reporters. Following are excerpts of transcripts of those sessions as recorded by the White House and Federal News Service.
Brad DeLong: Past White House Briefings on C.I.A. Leak Case [NYT] Earlier: The Rove Show, with Scott McLellan as Old Yeller [Wonkette]
Roger Ailes: Kudos to C-SPAN, for replaying the entire briefing. (Now get it posted on the website.) The NYT has the paper trail.
Mark Kleiman: 2. Scott McClellan said at a briefing (1) that he'd talked to Rove and (2) that Rove was uninvolved.

Julianne Malveaux: USA, Bush Are 'Terrorists'   —   Permalink 
Semi-regular USA Today columnist Julianne Malveaux said Monday that President Bush is "a terrorist" and that America is "a terrorist nation."
In an interview that began with Malveaux accusing U.S. troops of "beating" terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the controversial author and economist told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity:
Michelle Malkin: WARD CHURCHILL WANNABE: JULIANNE MALVEAUX — Julianne Malveaux, an "economist, columnist, lecturer, motivator, and civic...
Gateway Pundit: From "Sean Hannity's Radio Show" today as reported by NewsMax: Semi-regular USA Today columnist Julianne Malveaux said...
James Joyner: Julianne Malveaux: USA, Bush Are 'Terrorists' "Semi-regular USA Today columnist Julianne Malveaux said Monday that...
David Schraub: However, while I understand the frustration of those who feel we are in a war because we were lied to, or because...
John Cole: And Then You Have This — Fabulous: [snipped quote] Such a treat, that woman is. I am going to bed.

US airmen told to stay away from capital
  By / Telegraph   —   Permalink 
All 12,000 American airmen based in Britain have been banned from going near London because of the bombings.
The directive, issued on Friday, indefinitely bans USAF personnel, most of them based at the huge airfields at Lakenheath and Mildenhall in Suffolk, from going inside the M25.
Perry de Havilland: The importance of not over-reacting — USAF personnel in the UK have been told to stay out of London because of the bombings.
Chris Bertram: Comment would be superfluous From the (not at all anti-American) Daily Telegraph : All 12,000 American airmen based...

More say Iraq has reduced U.S. safety
  CNN   —   Permalink 
(CNN) — The number of Americans who believe the war in Iraq has made the United States less safe from terrorism spiked sharply after last week's terror attacks in London, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
Arnold P. California: This poll suggests that London bombings may finally have convinced the American public that the policy of randomly...
Riggsveda @Corrente: No Signs Of Life Here, Scotty — This sort of thing makes my gorge rise: [snipped quote] That's right.
Ben P: Link, Scroll Down in the story But some very intereting numbers. Bush has received a slight rally round the leader effect in the aftermath of the London bombings.
Gerry Daly: (USAToday writeup here, CNN's here.) In mid-June, 63% felt that it was not likely that [snipped quote] 35% disagreed.
Juan Cole: A majority of Americans, 54%, now says that the Iraq War has made the United States less safe.

White House Leaks: A serious security matter
  Seattle Post-Intelligencer   —   Permalink 
President Bush has plenty of evidence to begin acting on Karl Rove's involvement in the disclosure of a secret agent's name to exact political vengeance. The president's choice will say a lot about whether he intends to control abuses of power within what some see as one of the most power-hungry administrations the United States has ever experienced.
Susie Madrak: Fire Rove Tomorrow's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The president would bring credit to himself and his administration by firing Rove immediately.
Armando @DailyKos: Seattle PI: Rove Must Go — Tomorrow's PI Editorial: [snipped quote] Tip to AmericaBlog.
John @AmericaBlog: Ouch. Tomorrow's Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial: "The president would bring credit to himself and his administration by firing Rove immediately.

From Srebrenica to Baghdad
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
Ten years since the hecatomb of Srebrenica ... surely a decade cannot have passed so quickly? It really feels to me like yesterday. I can hear Susan Sontag's exact tone of voice as she described being in a ministerial office in Sarajevo when the mayor of Srebrenica got through on a bad line to say, "This is goodbye."
Harry @HarrysPlace: The shame and the lesson — Hitchens on the lessons of Srebenica: Above all, what I remember is the sense of shame.
Jayson @PoliPundit: Hitchens reflects on the Srebrenica massacre. Another one of those "great legacies" of the U.N.

  Drudge Report   —   Permalink 
Top editors of the NY TIMES made the decision Monday afternoon to turn up the heat on White House adviser Karl Rove.
The TIMES is planning to lead Tuesday editions with growing calls for Rove's resignation, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT, a powerplay in this summer's DC all-star game of high stakes finger pointing and intrigue.
Avedon Carol: And Matt Drudge is actually headlining that story.
K. J. Lopez: But I can't focus because Deepak Chopra has me entranced: [snipped quote] UPDATE: Seriously, seriously: It sounds like this will be Tuesday's news story.
Roger L. Simon: Now the reified libs over at the NYT are reported to be riding forth in high dudgeon to support freedom of the press or...

Fingerprints found on London bomb materials
  MSNBC   —   Permalink 
LONDON - A former senior U.S. official tells NBC News that British investigators have some possible leads in Thursday bombings. He says British intelligence has told U.S. intelligence that investigators have picked up fingerprints from the bomb materials — but they can't be certain yet that the fingerprints are those of the bombers.
Andrew Cochran: London Terrorist Attack News Stories & Columns, July 11 (UPDATED) The dead and missing - names and pictures - because we...
Bill Roggio: A Profile in Terror: Abu Musab al-Suri — Abu Musab al-Suri (a.k.a. Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, Omar Abdel Hakim) is a prime suspect in the London 7/7 attacks.

Puerto Rico Vote Favors Legislature Switch
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Ricans voted to do away with half their lawmakers, endorsing a one-house legislature that supporters say would be cheaper and more efficient.

Turnout was about 22 percent, extremely low by Puerto Rican standards.
Chris Lawrence: Puerto Rico considering no longer being "bi" — Puerto Rico had an "Anne Heche moment" today when voters approved a...
Dr. Steven Taylor: Going from Bi to Uni — Via the AP: Puerto Rico Vote Favors Legislature Switch [snipped quote] It must be that pernicious Nebraska influence!

Nat'l Guard Misses Recruiting Goal Again
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - The Army National Guard, a cornerstone of the U.S. force in Iraq, missed its recruiting goal for at least the ninth straight month in June and is nearly 19,000 soldiers below its authorized strength, military officials said Monday.
Chris @AmericaBlog: National Guard misses recruiting goal for 9th consecutive month — Hmm, I can't figure out why people are not rushing out to sign up for a part time job.
Jo Fish: Guard misses enlistment goals ... again — The National Guard, the backbone of the current forces deployed overseas has...
Lambert @Corrente: Our delusional Preznit — Big words: [quote] "[BUSH AT QUANTICO] In the face of such adversaries there is only one course of...[end quote]

Injured workers' drug benefits cut by state bureau
  By / Toledo Blade   —   Permalink 
Dave Adams' voice is full of fear as he imagines days ahead without OxyContin, a heavy-duty prescription painkiller and lifeline that warms like an old friend.
He and other injured workers covered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation fund received a benefits letter recently that announced changes to the prescription drug program.
Mhojo @DailyKos: From, who else, the the Toledo Blade, we find out: "[I]njured workers covered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers'...
Cookie Jill: Iim in too much pain. i can't walk. this is about gov. bob taft trying to recoup his losses," mr. adams said. - the...

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
  White House   —   Permalink 
James S. Brady Briefing Room
MR. McCLELLAN: Good afternoon. The President had a good visit this morning with four leaders of the Senate on the Supreme Court nomination process. It was a good bipartisan discussion that the President had with Senators Specter and Leahy, and Senators Frist and Reid.
Billmon: Confidence Game — From today's White House press briefing, courtesy of Think Progress": "McCLELLAN: Some of you asked a...
Brian Stelter: ABC's Terry Moran Calls Fox News "A Friendly Channel" To The White House moranjuly12.jpgIn this afternoon's White House...
Michelle Malkin: White House press secretary Scott McClellan got grilled yesterday afternoon on Rove/Plame-mania and came under intense...
Arianna Huffington: ABC's Terry Moran, CBS' John Roberts, and NBC's David Gregory were all aggressive in their questioning of McClellan at...
Garrett M. Graff: More after the jump... > The official transcript has now been posted.
Lorie Byrd: Sitting through the show was worth it to see the performance by David Gregory in today's White House briefing.
Also: Faiz @ThinkProgress, Daniel Drezner, Attaturk, Jim Romenesko

Newspaper Industry Headlines - Top Newspaper Publishing Stories - News Media Reporting - Recent Journalism Articles
  Editor and Publisher   —   Permalink 
Gallup reports today that its latest poll found that one in three Americans "believe in ghosts." The numbers: 32% of all adults say they believe that "ghosts/spirits of dead people can come back," while 48% do not, and 19% are unsure.
Kevin Roderick: Editor & Publisher canvassed some other papers and found the idea catching on in the wake of the Judith Miller jailing.
Arianna Huffington: No, not the real West Wing — even though the unraveling of Rove is fun to watch — but that other West Wing, the one created by Aaron Sorkin.
Dcohen: HEMP HELPS BRING THEM FORTH — Great Caesar's Ghost!
Avedon Carol: I knew the press was giving McClellan a hard time yesterday, but I was surprised to learn that some of the most aggressive questioning seems to have come from the reporter for NBC.
Bill Diamond: Bill Diamond: A Simple Request — People, people — can we pleeeeease lay off Scott McClellan? I mean, geez, what's the big deal?
SK Bubba: You can thank Scotty McClellan for his masterful handling of Rove related progam activity questions at yesterday's White House press briefing.
Also: Jim Romenesko, John @AmericaBlog

White House Won't Comment on Rove, Leak
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON - For the better part of two years, the word coming out of the Bush White House was that presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the leak of a female CIA officer's identity and that whoever did would be fired.
Tom Maguire: The Administration is getting its brains beaten in today (NY Times, WaPo) - evidently, Karl Rove has lost the backing of top Democrats.
Rob @Wizbang: WASHINGTON - For the better part of two years, the word coming out of the Bush White House was that presidential adviser...
John @AmericaBlog: Keep quoting these sentences from AP's story today AP "For two years, the White House has insisted that presidential...
Cernig: It's instructive to look at the differences between then and now while discussing the curent events.
Joe Gandelman: White House Mum On Rove Leak And Early Bush Comments — See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil now seems to be the...
Joe @AmericaBlog: Even AP has a tough Rove story — AP has an article up today that very clearly and simply spells out the issues in the Rove affair.
Also: Richard TPD

Rove Comes Under New Scrutiny in C.I.A. Disclosure Case
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 11 - The White House went on the defensive today amid a barrage of questions from Democrats and reporters about the presidential adviser Karl Rove and whether he had disclosed the name of a covert intelligence operative in retaliation for criticism of the administration's Iraq policy.
Orrin Judd: QUIT NOW AND GET IT OVER WITH: Rove Comes Under New Scrutiny in C.I.A. Disclosure Case (DAVID STOUT, 7/11/05, NY Times)...
David Sirota: Don't Worry, He'll "Clear Things Up One Day" — In two sentences, the New York Times shows how right-wing uber-hack Bob...
Last Night: Don't call Rove at the Congressional Hearings — Rep. Henry Waxman called for a Congressional hearing over the Valerie Plame leak as the N.Y. Times this afternoon reported here.
Mark Kleiman: Update Mirabile dictu, today turns out to be one of those days, with a hard-hitting piece by David Stout that starts...
Joe @AmericaBlog: NY Times weighs in on Rove White House Scandal — The NY Times provides their take on the Rove scandal.
Laura Rozen: The White House on the defensive about its previous denials that Karl Rove had a role in outting Joseph Wilson's wife as a CIA operative.
Also: Richard TPD

For Time Inc. Reporter, a Frenzied Decision to Testify
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON, July 10 - Matthew Cooper, a reporter for Time magazine, stood before a federal judge on Wednesday, facing up to four months in jail for refusing to testify about a confidential source.
Hunter @DailyKos: Yesterday Atrios noted this New York Times story which strongly hints that Cooper decided to testify because Rove's...
Tarek @LiquidList: Newsweek reporter Matt Cooper found a way out, and sleeps at night surely with a clean conscience.
Tom Maguire: I'm Glad It's Not Just Me — The NY Times pries into the Valerie Plame leak investigation and baffles us. But we are not alone!
Fontana Labs: First, we learn from the NYT that when Cooper said he'd received a personal communication from the source, he didn't...
Mark Kleiman: As he reads Liptak's story, Cooper had refused to accept the general waiver of confidentiality Rove had offered as...
Josh Marshall: Late Update: Also on Luskin, look at this piece today in the Times by Adam Liptak, and see if Luskin didn't screw up and...
Also: Wind Rider, Kevin Roderick, Jim Romenesko, Atrios, Garrett M. Graff, Orrin Judd, Echidne

The BBC discovers 'terrorism,' briefly
  Jerusalem Post   —   Permalink 
When it happens on your own doorstep, in very familiar settings like the London "Tube" or on a traditional red double-decker bus right alongside the site of a building where Charles Dickens once lived, terrorism seems very different than it does when innocent people are murdered elsewhere.
Damian Penny: But not long after, the "T" word was quietly excised from stories on its website: Britain's first bus bombing took place...
Glenn Reynolds: AIRBRUSHING AT THE BBC: [snipped quote] I don't mind people making minor changes or corrections without noting it — it...
Jeff Jarvis: Tom Gross, author of an influential newsletter about coverage of Israel, writes a wonderful op-ed in the Jerusalem...
Andrew Sullivan: THE BBC AND TERROR: A pretty devastating expose by Tom Gross.

Turd Blossom Must Go
  By / Slate   —   Permalink 
We now know, courtesy of Newsweek's Michael Isikoff, what Karl Rove told Time's Matt Cooper. On July 11, 2003—three days before a Robert Novak column outed Bush administration critic Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA employee—Rove outed Plame to Cooper.
Susie Madrak: 'No Moral Case' Timothy Noah in today's Slate: Inside the Bush administration, lying to reporters doesn't even come...
Digby: Update: Tim Noah says "Turdblossom Must Go" Update II: Just caught the gaggle over on Crooks and Liars. Scotty had a rough day.
Scott Rosenberg: In the meantime, a thought for the day: I share the belief of many of my media colleagues that it would be a fine thing...
Jeralyn Merritt: Pac Timothy Noah at Slate: Turd Blossom Must Go Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid just released this statement (received...

Democrats urge Bush to fire Rove in leak scandal
  By / Reuters   —   Permalink 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House faced mounting Democratic calls for President Bush to sideline or fire his top political aide Karl Rove on Monday over his involvement in a CIA leak scandal.
Joe Gandelman: Another reason why the White House may balk: punishing Rove — who could leave the White House and still closely...
John @AmericaBlog: Another GREAT story on the Rove debacle — This time from Reuters. The story has everything. How often do we get to say that?
Laura Rozen: The top story at Google News when I just checked was this arresting Reuters headline, "Democrats urge Bush to fire Rove in leak scandal."

The dead and the missing
  By / Times of London   —   Permalink 
Missing person hotline 0870 1566 344.
Phil Beer, 22, a hair stylist, was on his way to work and believed to be at Russell Square with his best friend Patrick Barnes. Mr Barnes was injured and later told Mr Beer's older sister Stacy that he heard his friend cry out
Joe Gandelman: Just look at this list of the missing in London, and you see a cross-section of Great Britain....a group containing many ages, sexes and ethicities.
Michelle Malkin: THE 7/7 ATTACKS: THE DEAD AND THE MISSING — Here's the list. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.
Cernig: The London Times has a list of those confirmed dead and those still missing and presumed dead after the London bombing attacks.
Baldilocks: Just Gone — The "missing" in London. [snipped quote] And dozens more. (Thanks to My Pet Jawa)

Sen. Clinton attacks Bush, comparing him to Alfred E. Newman
  Newsday   —   Permalink 
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went on the attack against President Bush in a speech Sunday, accusing him of damaging the economy by overspending while giving tax cuts to the rich.
Avedon Carol: I probably would have thought Hillary was pretty funny if I hadn't already seen the comparison between Bush and Alfred...
Captain Ed: Hillary's Latest Insanity, And It Ain't Mad — Hillary Clinton has received criticism for her remarks comparing George...
Gateway Pundit: Hillary poked fun of Chimpy-Bush and the economy this weekend at an Aspen Ideas Festival.
Joe Gandelman: Hillary Clinton Compares George Bush To Alfred E. Newman — Uh, oh, brace yourself for another possible firestorm over a politician's comments.
Jan Haugland: Hillary Clinton about George W. Bush: "I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Newman is in charge in Washington," Clinton said referring to the freckle-faced Mad Magazine character.
Ann Althouse: That it got a laugh from her audience shows they're either: [snipped quote] Where was this audience? — you may wonder.
Also: Betsy Newmark, K. J. Lopez

Un-Spin the Budget
  By / NYT   —   Permalink 
Later this week the White House budget director plans to put on an aviator costume, march up to a microphone and declare Mission Accomplished in the war on deficits. O.K. , I'm not sure about the costume bit.
Bill Diamond: Not the President's ham-handed attempt to reform social security, his reckless and unforgivable squandering of a budget...
Brad DeLong: Unspinning the Budget Deficit — Paul Krugman on the budget deficit outlook: Un-Spin the Budget - New York Times: By...
Michael @AmericaBlog: God Bless The Onion — Paul Krugman launches a preemptive strike on Bush's coming attempt to spin a massive $300 billion+ budget deficit as good economic news.
PGL: For good rebuttals, see Mark Thoma and Paul Krugman. Of course, Donald Luskin has attempted a rebuttal of Krugman.
Susie Madrak: Into the Quagmire Krugman: Later this week the White House budget director plans to put on an aviator costume, march...

Property Rights Are Civil Rights
  Opinion Journal   —   Permalink 
In 1954 the Supreme Court declared in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But that same year it also ruled in Berman v. Parker that government's power of eminent domain could be used to seize property in order to tear down "blighted" areas.
Chris Lawrence: Another Berman nobody likes — John Fund has an Opinion Journal piece explaining the unusual marriage of conservatives...
Robert Tagorda: Second, as John Fund observes, civil rights groups fear for their neighborhoods: Property Rights Are Civil Rights (WSJ)...
Betsy Newmark: John Fund writes about how many black leaders are joining with conservatives in fighting to protect property rights in light of the Kelo decision.
Donald Sensing: One coalition is comprised of civil-rights advocates who remember when "urban renewal really meant 'Negro removal,' as...
Bill Hobbs: The Wall Street Journal reports: "In 1954 the Supreme Court declared in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
Glenn Reynolds: JOHN FUND NOTES that opposition to Kelo spans the political divide. As it should. Excerpt: [snipped quote] I'm surprised at how much resonance this issue has.
Also: Jeff Goldstein

Safer at Safari
  NRO   —   Permalink 
Reassessing things post-7/7.
Last Thursday, my son and I returned home after two weeks in Africa, having been blessedly isolated from television, newspapers, and Internet.
Susie Madrak: Axis of Evilitis Matt Yglesias: Here I just spent the whole weekend working hard on a piece arguing that the...
Matthew Yglesias: Here I just spent the whole weekend working hard on a piece arguing that the important subtext of right-wing reaction...
Ezra Klein: The War on Terror (Michael Ledeen Mental Remix) Via Matt, Michael Ledeen is talking crazy: [snipped quote] This sort of lunacy fascinates me.

Property ruling sparks action by states, Congress
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
A Supreme Court ruling that permits local governments to seize people's property for private commercial development has triggered a political backlash in Congress and among a growing number of state legislatures to ban such actions in the future.
Todd Zywicki: Legislative Responses to Kelo: Donald Lambro reports on legislative responses to Kelo in Washington and around the...
Glenn Reynolds: UPDATE: Here's a report on legislative responses to Kelo around the nation. (Via Volokh).
Betsy Newmark: The Washington Times has an article about the states that are starting to put through legislation to ban takings of property for private purposes.

Sunny days ahead for GOP as population shifts south
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
Migration from liberal bastions in the Northeast and Midwest to the Sun Belt states will boost Republican electoral strength in the coming decade, making it tougher than ever for Democrats to win the presidency without carrying states in the South or Southwest.
James Joyner: Sunny days ahead for GOP as population shifts south (Washington Times) [snipped quote] While I'm sure the Census Bureau...
Taegan Goddard: Census Projections Favor Republicans — "Migration from liberal bastions in the Northeast and Midwest to the Sun Belt...
Todd Zywicki: Should Democrats Reconsider Their Position on Global Warming? "Sunny days ahead for GOP as population shifts south."
Matthew Sheffield: Demographics and Democrats — PoliPundit spots a Washington Times article claiming that interstate migration patterns...
John Hawkins: [quote]"— The Washington Times [end quote]
PoliPundit: Demographic Realities — Yet another demographics-are-bad-for- Democrats story: "Migration from liberal bastions in the...

Ed Klein, Drowning in Ink and Gasping for Air
  By / WaPo   —   Permalink 
Despite the enormous hype surrounding Edward Klein's scathing and hearsay-filled book about Hillary Rodham Clinton, the author has been ignored by all but two television talk shows.
This collective cold shoulder hasn't stopped "The Truth About Hillary" from hitting No. 2 yesterday on the coveted New York Times list.
Avedon Carol: I don't know why it's supposed to be a big deal that the talk shows aren't all inviting Ed Klein on to talk about his crummy book.
Joe Gandelman: Ed Klein Proves Media DOES Have Some Shame — Well, gee, we wake up in the morning, have our toast and tea and discover...
Taegan Goddard: Klein's Book Ignored by Talk Shows — "Despite the enormous hype surrounding Edward Klein's scathing and hearsay-filled...
Captain Ed: Howard Kurtz notices that Klein hasn't received nearly the attention given to Kitty Kelley for her load of tripe about...
K. J. Lopez: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ED KLEIN BOOK — There is undoubtedly something to Ed Klein's claim that he's getting the TV blackout treatment on his book.
Jim Romenesko: Fox rep: Klein's Hillary book "is uninteresting to Fox News" — Washington Post "We've moved on," says a Fox News spokesman.
Also: Nick Gillespie, Roger Ailes

White House Mum On Rove Leak
  CBS News   —   Permalink 
(CBS/AP) For two years, the White House has insisted that presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the leak of a CIA officer's identity. And President Bush said the leaker would be fired.
Bill Diamond: Besides, what did Rove really do that's so gosh darn bad? As far as I can tell, all he's being accused of is talking to a reporter about a woman who "apparently works" at the CIA.
Atrios: AP: For two years, the White House has insisted that presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the leak of a CIA officer's identity.
Skippy: we might not be able to call them the "asspress" much longer... thanks to atrios, we find an associate press piece which...

Why Bush Has To Fire Rove
  The Nation   —   Permalink 
In a weekend posting I asked if it was time to get ready for the Karl Rove frog-march? The question was prompted by a Newsweek article by reporter Michael Isikoff that disclosed the first documentary evidence showing that Rove revealed to a reporter that former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife worked at the CIA.
Tom Maguire: Here we go. Corn 2005 will lead off: "But let's put aside the legal issues for a moment.
Jeralyn Merritt: But, David Corn makes a good argument for why he should. [snipped quote] I don't think that whether Plame was undercover at the time of the leak is the determinative issue.
Chris Bowers: David Corn has perhaps the best summary of what this means: "This email demonstrates that Rove committed a firing offense.

Bush finds no friends at networks
  By / Washington Times   —   Permalink 
President Bush just can't win with the broadcast networks.
More than two-thirds of the news stories on ABC, NBC and CBS covering the first 100 days of Mr. Bush's second term were negative, according to an analysis released today by the District-based Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA).
Will Franklin: It's actually far less subjective than you might imagine. The Washington Times has more on the network negativity.
Nick Gillespie: Wash Post writeup here. Wash Times, which further notes that Bush isn't being covered as much as he used to be, here.
Brian Stelter: ABC "Most Critical" Of President Bush; NBC "More Balanced," CMPA Says — "More than two-thirds of the news stories on...
Marc @USSNeverdock: America - Media Biased Against Bush — Now there's a shocker. [snipped quote] Which is why they are in steep decline while blogs are shooting up.

Republicans Blast Sen. Clinton's Comments
  By / AP   —   Permalink 
ALBANY, N.Y. - Republicans took aim at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday for a speech comparing President Bush to Mad magazine's freckle-faced, "What, me worry?" kid, Alfred E. Neuman.
Joe Gandelman: UPDATE: And now — you guessed it — the Republican National Committee is on the warpath quite seriously over these comments.
SK Bubba: News yawn flash: GOP upset with Hillary — Well, the resemblance is striking
Chris @AmericaBlog: The GOP response is incredible in light of both the massive security funds that were stripped out of the...

Neoconservatism's Big Tent
  By / Weekly Standard   —   Permalink 
FOR LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE CRITICS of the Bush administration, it is an article of faith that neoconservatives have hijacked American foreign policy. The neocons accomplished this, the theory goes, by selling their half-baked ideology to a president too unschooled, dim-witted, or panicked to resist it.
Cernig: NeoconTries To Downplay Neocon Influence — I have to assume that Paul Mirengoff has read PNAC's 1997 statement of...
Paul @PowerLine: That's the question I explore today in my Daily Standard piece, "Neoconservatism's Big Tent."
Pejman Yousefzadeh: "NEOCONSERVATISM'S BIG TENT" — Paul Mirengoff is right to deride the belief that neoconservatives have somehow taken...
Ed Driscoll: Meanwhile, Paul Mirengoff of Power Line analyzes another frequently uttered cliche: that "neoconservatives have hijacked American foreign policy": [snipped quote] Read the rest.

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for June
  DefenseLINK   —   Permalink 
The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics by the active and reserve components for the month of June.
Active duty recruiting. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force met or exceeded their recruiting goals in June.
Dave Glazier: June Recruiting: The Truth, But Not the Whole Truth — The Department of Defense "officially" released June recruiting...
Donald Sensing: Army makes 109 percent of goal — June recruiting figures for the armed services have been released.