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11:40 AM ET, July 8, 2007


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New York Times:
The Road Home  —  It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.  —  Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion, waiting for a sign that President Bush was seriously trying to dig the United States …
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Seeing Al Qaeda Around Every Corner  —  AS domestic support for the war in Iraq continues to melt away, President Bush and the United States military in Baghdad are increasingly pointing to a single villain on the battlefield: Al Qaeda.  —  Bush mentioned the terrorist group 27 times …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
'N.Y. Times' Editorial: Leave Iraq Now
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Zone by Zone: Showcase and Chimera in the Desert
Discussion: Salon and Badgers Forward
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NYT editorial: Pull out now
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Robert Sandall / Times of London:
Live Earth fails to pack large-scale punch  —  It did what it said on the poster - but no more.  The British leg of Live Earth started at 1.30 pm sharp with a thunderous five-minute drum fanfare by a 20-odd troupe of flailing percussionists, battering a miscellany of ethnic skinned instruments.
Madonna criticised over links to polluters  —  She provided the finale to yesterday's Live Earth concerts, even writing a special song to mark the worldwide musical event.  —  But instead of being lionised, Madonna found herself accused of hypocrisy last night after allegations …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Powell tried to talk Bush out of war  —  THE former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today's conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.
Discussion: PSoTD and Liberal Values
Faiz / Think Progress:
'I tried to avoid this war.'  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell revealed that he spent 2.5 hours "vainly trying to persuade President George W. Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today's conflict cannot be resolved by U.S. forces.  'I tried to avoid this war,' Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
Charles Haviland / BBC:
Pakistan arrests 'Taleban aides'  —  Several key aides to the leader of Afghanistan's Taleban rebels, Mullah Omar, are reported to have been arrested in Pakistan.  —  An Afghan intelligence source told the BBC four senior associates of Mullah Omar were being held after operations by Pakistani security forces.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Getting Closer To Omar
Discussion: Big Lizards
Faisal Aziz / Reuters:   Musharraf tells mosque militants "surrender or die"
David Leppard / Times of London:
Car bombs are linked with Iraq's Al-Qaeda  —  AT least one of the suspects being quizzed over the alleged plot to set off car bombs in Britain was in recent contact with Al-Qaeda in Iraq, senior security officials said yesterday.  —  Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command SO15 is understood …
Telegraph:   Terror suspect told family 'time had come'
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Jihadists against climate change
Alasdair Palmer / Telegraph:
Not in their name?  —  Muslims were as much outraged by last weekend's failed car bomb attacks as the rest of the country.  Does that mean they will now help the authorities to root out Islamist terrorists?  Alasdair Palmer investigates  —  The statement from Muhammed Abdul Bari …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Thompson energizes young Republicans  —  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Not yet a 2008 candidate, Fred Thompson energized young Republicans with a speech Saturday that was heavy on rhetoric and short on policy pronouncements.  He branded Democrats as "the party of despair."
Discussion: The RBC and The Crone Speaks
The Romney Advantage: Who Needs Grassroots When You Can Afford Astroturf
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
U.S. Pulled Plug On 2005 Al Qaeda Chiefs Raid And Irked Intelligence Specialists  —  Once again it seems a perception about the Bush administration is proven "inoperative" by new facts.  —  The mantra has been that the Clinton folks blew it on terrorism.  And the legend, recorded for posterity …
Washington Post:
Administration Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains  —  Goals Unmet; Smaller Strides to Be Promoted  —  The Iraqi government is unlikely to meet any of the political and security goals or timelines President Bush set for it in January when he announced a major shift in U.S. policy …
Discussion: The Heretik and Daily Kos
Patrick Hennessy / Telegraph:
Fight against terror could take 15 years  —  Britain faces a 15-year battle to end the threat posed by Islamist terrorists, the Government's new security supremo has admitted.  —  Admiral Sir Alan West, the former First Sea Lord, said the overall danger facing the country …
Boston Globe:
A lesson in Iraqi illusion  —  TO IMAGINE what Baghdad will look like after the surge, there is no need to project far into the future.  Instead, just turn to the recent past.  Between September 2006 and March 2007, British forces conducted Operation Sinbad in Basra, Iraq's second largest city.
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Colson / Aspen Times:
Why Bush and Cheney can't let Scooter sing  —  Well, President George Bush is certainly nothing if not predictable.  —  The talking heads on TV had barely caught their breaths after reports on Scooter Libby's conviction on charges he lied about his role in the Plamegate affair …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and TalkLeft
The Raw Story:
White House plans to block testimony from another Rove aide; Harriet Miers talks to Raw  —  Enjoy this story?  Get headlines instantly with RSS.  The White House appeared set for an expanded showdown with congressional investigators in the probe of the firing of eight US Attorneys over the weekend.
Think Progress:
BREAKING: White House To Block Testimony Of Former Rove Aide
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Declaration of Dependence  —  Some mornings during the autumn of 1933 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
A close look at the most recent Pew Global Attitudes Survey …
Discussion: Dean's World
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
US concerns over China weapons in Iraq
Sheila Samples / Voices:
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Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Confederate Yankee:
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Dan Burton Hearts Scooter But He's Obsessed With Bill Clinton
Discussion: The Sideshow
CBS News:
No-Confidence Vote Looms Over Iraq's PM
Discussion: Informed Comment and Hot Air