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8:25 PM ET, July 10, 2007

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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Top McCain Aides Quit Struggling Campaign  —  Republican presidential candidate John McCain accepted the resignations of two of his top aides today in a stunning shakeup of a campaign that has been roiled by financial and political problems.  —  Campaign manager Terry Nelson …
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The Atlantic Online:
The McCain Decimation: The Inside Story: UPDATED  —  From a half dozen Republicans close to the campaign here is, best I can tell, what happened:  —  Republicans close to Sen. John McCain said today that McCain was under "enormous pressure" by friends and advisers outside the campaign …
The Atlantic Online:
More On McCain Campaign Decimation: UPDATE  —  One Republican directly connected to today's events said that Mark Salter, McCain's long-time chief of staff and co-author of his five books, had also left the campaign payroll.  —  But Salter will remain as an adviser.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Davis in charge as Nelson fired and Weaver and Salter quit  —  Rick Davis, who managed Sen. John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign but had a more limited role in this contest, will take the helm of the Arizonan's troubled candidacy, according to two McCain sources.
Discussion: CNN and CNN Political Ticker
The Fix:
Where McCain Stands Now  —  If you need to understand …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   Two of McCain's Senior Advisers Leave Campaign
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Bush Equals Nixon's Highest Disapproval  —  The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut is an excellent archive for poll junkies, featuring polling archives that go back much further than Polling Report (not that polling report isn't great). the coup de grace (I hope I spelled that right) …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:   Two in Three Say Bush Should Not Have Intervened in Libby Case
The Atlantic Online:
Libby Commutation: Grossly Unpopular
Discussion: Firedoglake
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
'Hustler' Call May Have Prompted Vitter Admission  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  A call from Hustler magazine may have prompted a Louisiana Republican senator to expose his past with an escort service run by the so-called "D.C. Madam," the Blotter on ABCNews.com has learned.
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senator's Number on 'Madam' Phone List
365gay.com:
Presidential Candidates In First Ever Gay Debate  —  (Los Angeles, California) For the first time the leading candidates for the presidency will hold a televised debate devoted solely to LGBT issues.  —  The one-hour event will be held on August 9 and broadcast on gay network LOGO at 9:00 pm ET …
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Oversight Hearing on the Office of the Surgeon General  —  The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, "The Surgeon General's Vital Mission: Challenges for the Future."  The hearing is focusing on the importance of the Surgeon General's Office, the need to preserve …
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Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Al Qaeda Cell in the U.S. Or On Its Way, According to New Intel  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here.  —  The White House has convened …
NY Daily News:
This is not our fight  —  Congress must end U.S. role in a civil war nobody voted for  —  On Oct. 11, 2002, the Senate gave President Bush authority to use force against Iraq.  Nearly five years later, it is time for Congress to say enough is enough.  —  The American people have waited long enough for progress in Iraq.
gaynewswatch.com:
Richardson sorry for 'maricón' moment  —  BUZZ  —  Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson apologized this week for using a Spanish-language slur for gay people, even as he suggested it smacked of politics that news of his "maricón" moment is surfacing now, more than a year later.
John Solomon / Washington Post:
Gonzales Was Told of FBI Violations  —  After Bureau Sent Reports, Attorney General Said He Knew of No Wrongdoing  —  As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers.
Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters:
Women drawn to men with muscles  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Muscular young men are likely to have more sex partners than their less-chiseled peers, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles said on Monday.  —  Their study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate Panel Cuts Off Funds to Cheney  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to cut off funding for Vice President Dick Cheney's office in a continuing battle over whether he must comply with national security disclosure rules.  —  A Senate appropriations panel chaired by Sen. Richard Durbin …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
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CNN:
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