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1:45 AM ET, July 11, 2007

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Washington Post:
Top Aides Leave McCain Camp  —  Senator Retools Campaign Team as Money and Support Fall Off  —  In the mid-1990s, years before Sen. John McCain officially launched his first bid to become president, it was John Weaver who convinced the senator that he had all the ingredients to win the GOP nomination and the Oval Office.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Two of McCain's Senior Advisers Leave Campaign  —  Two senior advisers to Senator John McCain of Arizona, including one of his closest longtime associates, announced today they were leaving his presidential campaign.  The departures are the latest wave of turmoil to sweep over Mr. McCain's troubled effort …
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 …
Baseball Crank:
POLITICS: Next Week's Wire Story  —  News flash: not being a party man not the best way to become the party's man  —  After today's news, I have to look down the road to next week's headline: … It's sad, actually.  John McCain is a patriot and a true American hero, and for all his flaws …
Discussion: Heading Right and Say Anything
The Atlantic Online:
More On McCain Campaign Decimation: UPDATE
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 …
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E.A. Torriero / Chicago Tribune:
Homeland Security chief warns of 'Increased risk'  —  Chertoff bases 'gut feeling' on history, al-Qaeda statements.  —  Fearing complacency among the American people over possible terror threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in Chicago Tuesday that the nation faces …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Reaction
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 …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
White House Is Accused of Putting Politics Over Science  —  Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional committee today that top officials in the Bush administration repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.
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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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Adam Zagorin / Time:
Did Senator Vitter Get Hustled?
Discussion: Mercury Rising
Updates:
Madam: Vitter a client at Canal Street brothel  —  U.S. Senator David Vitter visited a Canal Street brothel several times beginning in the mid-1990s, paying $300 per hour for services at the bordello after he met the madam at a fishing rodeo that included prostitutes and other politicians …
White House:
President Bush Visits Cleveland, Ohio  —  Fact Sheet: A Day in Cleveland: President Bush Calls on Congress to Act to Fund Vital Priorities  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Fred.  Thanks for coming.  Thanks for having me.  It's a smart marketing tool — you know, all the cameras.  (Laughter.)
David Espo / Associated Press:
Bush says no Iraq shift; criticism rises  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush threatened to veto legislation setting a date for a troop withdrawal from Iraq on Tuesday despite growing bipartisan calls in Congress for an end to U.S. participation in the war and sharp criticism of the Iraqi government.
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Lawrence Schumacher / sctimes.com:
Bachmann: Surge needs time
Discussion: Norwegianity
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Christian Heathens  —  In case anyone's wondering what kind of appreciation Democrats can expect for publicly discussing their faith, here it is: … According to the religio-politico industry's liberal lobby, there are hordes of good Christians who've reluctantly been voting for Republicans …
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Guardian:   Pope says Protestants cannot have churches
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Bush jokes.  Crowd laughs.  Girl cries.  —  A question for President Bush on immigration rose up like a ghost from the grave this afternoon in Ohio.  —  Only the questioner was a 13-year old blonde-headed girl, Jessica Hackerd, from Brecksville, Ohio, who immediately broke into tears after making her inquiry.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Black jury deadlocked
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Miers to Invoke Privilege, But Conyers Calls Her Anyway
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Reporter Leaves NBC 5 Amid Stebic Controversy
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[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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