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2:50 AM ET, July 10, 2007


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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Moment of Truth for the President  —  Will he reject disastrous advice to compromise with opponents of the war?  —  The New York Times leads today with David Sanger's story, "In White House, Debate Is Rising On Iraq Pullback; Political Considerations; Not Waiting For Sept. 15, Aides Seek to Forestall G.O.P. Defections."
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Petraeus Says Iraq Will Be "Decades" Long; Likens Struggle To Northern Ireland
Discussion: First Draft
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Subpoena Battle: What's Next?
Robin Stringer / Bloomberg:
U.S. Military Losses Hit 4,000 in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President George W. Bush's ``war on terror'' in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001.  —  A total of 3,596 have died in Iraq since …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Report: Wars cost US $12 billion a month  —  WASHINGTON - The boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month, and the total for Iraq alone is nearing a half-trillion dollars, congressional analysts say.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Michael Moore demands apology from Wolf Blitzer  —  Michael Moore went off on Wolfie and CNN for a hit piece they aired about "Sicko" right before he came on.  He was hot!  He slapped the beard around pretty good...He says he'll post the facts refuting their claims on his website tonight.
Discussion: The Reaction and The Agonist
Adam Howard /
Michael Moore Rips Wolf Blitzer on CNN: "Why Don't You Tell the American People the Truth" [VIDEO]  —  Michael Moore slams Blitzer and CNN for their lies about universal health care and his film "Sicko."  —  I have always noticed that Michael Moore only receives one kind of coverage from the mainstream media: the bad kind.
Lebanon 'to erupt in 1 week'
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
The assault on the Red Mosque has begun  —  The Lal Masjid in relation to the government buildings.  Click to view.  —  Pakistani security forces launch the assault on the Taliban mosque in Islamabad  —  After a week of negotiations and skirmishes at the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque …
Backpacker / Metroblogging Islamabad:
Operation Silence - Final Showdown
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and
Fred Thompson / National Review:
Why Are Sections of that L.A Times Fred-Abortion Group Story Disappearing?  —  A couple of other thoughts on Fred and the abortion group:  —  Captain Ed notes that Fred Thompson registered as a lobbyist for a foreign agent in October 1991.  Did he register as a lobbyist for domestic clients at an earlier date?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
"Facts" disappearing without a trace from LAT bombshell on Fred's …
Megan Thee / The Caucus:
Polls: Cheney Nears Quayle as Least Popular Veep  —  Vice President Dick Cheney's popularity has hit an all-time low, with recent polling by The New York Times and CBS News suggesting that he has replaced Dan Quayle as the most unpopular vice president in recent history.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Escalation Architect Kagan: 'Whatever You Can Say About The Current Strategy, It Has Not Failed'  —  Today, the American Enterprise Institute, a neoconservative think tank, held a discussion entitled "Assessing the Surge in Iraq," featuring prominent Iraq war proponents like Fred Kagan …
Glenn Gamboa / Newsday:
U.S. leg of Live Earth hits key notes  —  EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The American leg of Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis, like the other concerts on all seven continents, proved to be as complex as the issue it is trying to solve.  —  As the anointed launch of a social movement …
New York Times:
U.S. Envoy Offers Grim Prediction on Iraq Pullout  —  As the Senate prepares to begin a new debate this week on proposals for a withdrawal from Iraq, the United States ambassador and the Iraqi foreign minister are warning that the departure of American troops could lead to sharply increased violence …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Brian Beutler
Accused D.C. Madam Releases Phone Records  —  WASHINGTON — The phone records of the accused D.C. Madam have been posted online and are available for public viewing.  —  Deborah Jeane Palfrey's attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, tells WTOP he changed his plan of distributing the information …
Richard Allen Greene / The Politico:
Hillary the inevitable  —  Obama strategist David Plouffe released a memo last week arguing that Hillary Clinton's advantages were essentially those of incumbency, that her support was thin, and that Obama should actually be considered the front-runner.  —  Mark Penn, Clinton's chief strategist …
Discussion: Althouse, MyDD and Tammy Bruce
White House:
President Bush Participates in a Conversation on the Americas  —  White House Conference on the Americas  —  Fact Sheet: White House Conference on the Americas  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  Please be seated.  Thanks for coming today.  In my recent trip down to Central and South America …
Discussion: First Draft and
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Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
A Personal Note  —  I've been less than honest with you folks …
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Guess Which Country We Invade in Army's "Future"
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Harry Reid: No one is calling for a precipitous withdrawal in Iraq
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
4 GOP Senators To Be Targeted by DSCC Ads
Discussion: ABCNEWS, DownWithTyranny! and TIME
Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Viewers don't warm up to 'Live Earth' coverage
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T. W. Farnam / Election Central:
Romney: Hillary Is A Marxist
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. Cannon: Iglesias Was Fired 'Because He's An Idiot'
Harry Potter / CNN:
National Hurricane Center director leaves position
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
EXCLUSIVE: Army Missed Recruiting Goal Again
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Democrat blogger wants to shoot Rush Limbaugh
Michael Yon:
Second Chances  —  General David Petraeus visits Baqubah.
Charles Franklin /
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
USA Today:
USAT/Gallup Poll: Steady leads for Giuliani & Clinton