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7:25 AM ET, July 11, 2007

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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 …
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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: State of the Day
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chertoff should be fired
Discussion: The Reaction
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Officials Worry of Summer Terror Attack
Discussion: Democrats.com
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:   The Devil and the Ouija Board
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 …
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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: Associated Press and Heading Right
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
McCain clashes with Voinovich
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
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.
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.)
Election Central:
Lieberman Launches Unprovoked Attack On Harry Reid On Right-Winger Bill Bennett's Show  —  What a guy.  This morning, Joe Lieberman went on right-winger Bill Bennett's syndicated radio show — and in those safe conservative confines, Lieberman went out of his way to bash Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
Ed Husain / Newsweek:
Opinion: Osama's Army of Doctors, Engineers  —  A one-time jihadi looks at why so many radical Islamic groups include doctors and engineers—and how their involvement threatens the religion itself.  —  WEB-EXCLUSIVE GUEST COMMENTARY  —  Britain is a nation in shock.
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 …
Guardian:
Pope says Protestants cannot have churches  —  John Hooper in Rome and Stephen Bates  —  Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by Pope Benedict XVI insisting they were mere "ecclesial communities" and their ministers effectively phonies with no right to give communion.
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.
Washington Post:
In GOP, Growing Friction On Iraq  —  Senate Dissenters Chafe at Tactics Of Party Leaders  —  Facing crumbling support for the war among their own members, Senate Republican leaders yesterday sought to block bipartisan efforts to force a change in the American military mission in Iraq.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and MyDD
StrategyPage:
Fairy Tales  —  The war in Iraq is notable not because it is against guerillas or terrorists, but because of the large number of armed opposition groups that are, for all intents and purposes, criminal gangs.  Such organizations have been around here for thousands of years …
Discussion: Dean's World and INDCJournal
 
 
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats' Plan to Ease Tax Falters
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Richard / EU Referendum:
Dodgy deals  —  The Sun is telling us that more than 12,000 …
Guardian:
Set the iPhone free!
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Karl Rove Solution for Iraq?
house.gov:
Nadler: Attorney General Gonzales Must Resign, Special Prosecutor Needed
Discussion: Reuters and Democrats.com
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Moore/Gupta  —  I haven't gone into the full details …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Bachmann: Surge needs time
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Discussion: Power Line
Joseph Kahn / New York Times:
China Executes Former Drug Regulator
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Senate Panel Cuts Off Funds to Cheney
Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune:
Black jury deadlocked
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Alita Guillen / WBBM-TV:
Reporter Leaves NBC 5 Amid Stebic Controversy
gaynewswatch.com:
Richardson sorry for 'maricón' moment