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1:45 AM ET, July 7, 2007


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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Thompson, as a lobbyist, took abortion rights assignment  —  A spokesman for the presidential hopeful denies he did the work, a claim an ex-colleague calls "bizarre."  —  Former Tennessee Sen. Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as a "pro-life" Republican …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Abortion-rights group says Thompson once lobbied for it  —  An ex-colleague calls the denial 'bizarre.'  —  Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as an antiabortion Republican, accepted an assignment from a family-planning group to lobby the first Bush White House to ease …
The Prowler / American Spectator:   Left Coast Times Targets Fred
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Pending Mudslinging (Update: Show Me The Money!)
Discussion: Hot Air
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Associated Press
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Ron Paul Tops McCain in Cash on Hand  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: Though often regarded as a longshot candidate for president, Republican Ron Paul tells ABC News that he has an impressive $2.4 million in cash on hand after raising an equal amount during the second quarter …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:   Online community flocks to Ron Paul
CNN Political Ticker:
Paul reports more campaign cash than McCain
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Appeals Court Rejects Lawsuit on Surveillance  —  A divided federal appeals court today dismissed a case challenging the National Security Agency's program to wiretap without warrants the international communications of some Americans, reversing a trial judge's order that the program be shut down.
Lisa Cornwell / Associated Press:
Court Rejects Domestic Spying Suit  —  CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue.  —  The 2-1 ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Jihadists On Defense  —  On July 4, Zawahiri released a new video tape.  The production values are pretty good, and Zawahiri is intercut with other footage, including television clips.  What is striking about Zawahiri's message, however, is how defensive it is.  And what Zawahiri is defensive about, is events in Iraq.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Stephen Fidler / Financial Times:
Al-Qaeda linked to operations from Iran  —  Evidence that Iranian territory is being used as a base by al-Qaeda to help in terrorist operations in Iraq and elsewhere is growing, say western officials.  —  It is not clear how much the al-Qaeda operation, described by one official as a money …
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Why Do The Iraqis Hate the Terrorists?
Discussion: Michael Yon and Power Line
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Poll: Americans Evenly Divided On Impeachment Of Bush, Majority For Targeting Cheney  —  Does the conventional wisdom that impeachment would be politically radioactive still hold true in the post-Libby commutation political world?  A new poll from American Research Group shows a startling result …
Ana Marie Cox / TIME: Swampland:
Impeachment Fever: America's Got It!
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
David Shuster dismantles Fouad Ajami's comparison of Libby to our fallen soldiers  —  David Shuster filled in for Chris Matthews this evening on "Hardball" where he interviewed neo-con author, Fouad Ajami, and absolutely shredded him over his Wall Street Journal OpEd comparing Scooter Libby to fallen U.S. Soldiers in Iraq.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
The Taliban Challenges Jawa, Jawa Responds  —  No joke, the Taliban have posted a message on a well-known Islamic forum addressing me, Rusty Shackleford, indirectly.  In it, they gloat that their website is back online.  I'll just add: for now.  —  Here's a rough translation:
Stephen Wright / Daily Mail:
Al Qaeda fanatics working in police (but they don't dare sack them)  —  Up to eight police officers and civilian staff are suspected of links to extremist groups including Al Qaeda.  —  Some are even believed to have attended terror training camps in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
"They don't own the Democratic Party"  —  Joe Biden talks about lefty bloggers, the perils of candor in a YouTube age, Dick Cheney's secret thoughts, and how many troops a Biden administration would keep in Iraq. … Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at the Iowa statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 3, 2007.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
War Costs Soar by a Third; Total Could Top $1.4 Trillion  —  It's not just the troops that are surging.  War costs are up for American operations in Iraq and Afghanistan* — way up, more than a third higher than last year.  In the first half of this fiscal year, the Defense Department's …
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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Everybody Hates Congress
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
John Dean: Bush's Commutation Conflicts With His Own DoJ Guidelines
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and KnoxViews
Brian / TVNewser:
Aaron Brown Talks About... "CNN's Struggle" & The Competition From Fox
Michael Moore:
BlueCross Secret Memo Re: 'Sicko' ... "You would have to be dead …
Dow Jones denies it's forged News Corp. deal
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Guest: Steve Benen
CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani: 'Shocked' by former chairman's cocaine charges
Republican women  —  Mary Katherine Ham is further proof …
Discussion: IMAO
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Hecht / Sacramento Bee:
Doolittle calls for pullback in Iraq
Satyam / Think Progress:
Kristol Offers Neoconservative Prescription For America's Woes: 'Be Happy!'
Discussion: The Reaction
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Center of Attention  —  What's funnier: Hookers, cocaine or... censoring president Bush?
Discussion: The Impolitic
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Glasgow terror plot police charge first suspect
Why has world opinion of the U.S. changed dramatically since 2000?
Discussion: Pacific Views and Shakesville
David Barboza / New York Times:
China Sentences Official to Death for Corruption
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Live Earth Adds DC Show to Global Event
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
White House questions Dems' zeal for oversight