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11:05 AM ET, July 11, 2007


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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Former Bush Aide Will Answer Some Questions  —  Sara Taylor, the former White House political director, has agreed to answer some questions as a "willing and cooperative private citizen," during testimony about the United States attorney firings last year when she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee later today.
Kevin Drawbaugh / Reuters:
White House threatens House student loan bill veto  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a bill backed by U.S. House of Representatives Democrats that would slash subsidies paid to college student-loan companies such as Sallie Mae, Citigroup and Bank of America.
Discussion: Air America Radio
Washington Post:
Ex-Bush Aide to Respect Executive Privilege in Hill Testimony
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and MoJoBlog
Bush writes Gaddafi on prospects for improved ties
Discussion: Associated Press and The Corner
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 …
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 …
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Officials Worry of Summer Terror Attack
Avedon / Eschaton:
Thought for the day  —  Shouldn't it concern us that Republicans are constantly talking about how people will all wise up when the next terrorist attack at home comes?  —  I mean, they really seem to be looking forward to it, and they take great delight in the thought that, by God, people will see things differently when it happens.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised  —  Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Ex-Surgeon General Says White House Hushed Him
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Brian Beutler
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 …
David Corn:   A Blast from Vitter's Past
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
McCain refocuses campaign on NH and South Carolina  —  With his underfunded Presidential campaign in apparent disarray and struggling in the polls, Republican John McCain will refocus on the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina in an effort to stay alive, a top aide said yesterday.
The Hill:   McCain is left stranded
Adam Howard /
Michael Moore On CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "He's Not Telling the Truth" [VIDEO]  —  Michael Moore confronts one of his most consistent critics on Larry King Live.  —  Every time Michael Moore appears on CNN, they run a report on Anderson Cooper 360 or The Situation Room trying to rip him apart.
John Solomon / Washington Post:
Gonzales Knew About Violations, Officials Say  —  Two senior Justice Department officials said yesterday that they kept Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales apprised of FBI violations of civil liberties and privacy safeguards in recent years.  —  The two officials spoke in a telephone call arranged …
USA Today:
'08 money race: Some nickel-and-diming it  —  WASHINGTON — Presidential candidates are using low-cost tickets to fundraisers, online contests and concerts featuring pop stars to lure a group they hope will give them an edge: donors who contribute in small amounts.
Discussion: The American Mind
Giant badgers terrorise Iraqi port city  —  Decrease Increase -  —  From correspondents in Basra  —  THE Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a scary rumour - giant badgers are stalking the streets by night, eating humans.
Discussion: The Corner
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.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Legal bills  —  Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) paid a Washington law firm more than $22,000 during the past three months, according to his most recent campaign finance report.  —  Last year, the FBI reportedly investigated whether the congressman had properly disclosed his real estate investment …
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.
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
"The case for mistrusting Muslims"
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
Passing buck on immigration cost teen's life
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Illegal Calif. land sale does not deter Calvert, for now
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Richardson apologizes to gays
The Atlantic Online:
Why I Read David Brooks
Associated Press:
Marine Investigator Recommends Dropping Charges in Haditha Killings
New York Times:
Bush Counters G.O.P. Dissent on Iraq Policy
Discussion: Associated Press
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Navy Readies a Pullback in Persian Gulf
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Martha Waggoner / Associated Press:
Cartoonist Doug Marlette Dies in Crash
Discussion: Town Called Dobson
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Message: Stay the Course
Discussion: Danger Room
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
From Barack Obama, Two Dangerous Words
Susan Page / USA Today:
As Bush exits, his issues will linger
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Salman Rushdie honour enrages Al-Qa'eda
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Set the iPhone free!
Election Central:
Lieberman Launches Unprovoked Attack On Harry Reid On Right-Winger …
White House:
President Bush Visits Cleveland, Ohio