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10:35 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 …
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
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:   The Devil and the Ouija Board
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  —  Former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona yesterday accused the Bush administration of muzzling him on sensitive public health issues, becoming the most prominent voice among several current and former federal science officials who have complained of political interference.
Discussion: Brian Beutler and USA Today
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
Baseball Crank:
POLITICS: Next Week's Wire Story
Discussion: Associated Press and Heading Right
David Corn:   A Blast from Vitter's Past
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.
Bush writes Gaddafi on prospects for improved ties
Discussion: Associated Press and The Corner
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 …
Nadler: Attorney General Gonzales Must Resign, Special Prosecutor Needed
Discussion: Reuters and
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.
D-Mac / Philadelphia Will Do:
Rick Santorum Would Very Much Like It If You Blew Up And Couldn't Vote Democrat
Discussion: TBogg
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Message: Stay the Course  —  THERE WAS NOTHING NEW IN BUSH'S WEIRD, RAMBLING SPEECH.  —  Some officers and midlevel officials have been telling me and other reporters that President George W. Bush is preparing to give in on Iraq—to recognize that victory is no longer feasible, that the …
Discussion: Danger Room
Lawrence Schumacher /
Bachmann: Surge needs time
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Norwegianity
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: Washington Post
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.
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.
Set the iPhone free!  —  Apple's iPhone is more than just the hottest gadget of the summer: it's an indicator of internet freedom, and the signals it's sending aren't good.  —  This summer's hottest high-tech gadget is Apple's iPhone.  But along with its slick design and slicker marketing campaign …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
From Barack Obama, Two Dangerous Words  —  PHILADELPHIA — Barack Obama has the teachers cheering.  The National Education Association is meeting here, and Obama— like the Democratic candidates who have spoken before him — is telling the crowd everything it wants to hear.
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Harry Potter / CNN:
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Discussion: Associated Press
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Navy Readies a Pullback in Persian Gulf
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Ezra Klein:
Results!  —  Apropos of the earlier discussion positing …
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Karl Rove Solution for Iraq?
Washington Post:
In GOP, Growing Friction On Iraq
Election Central:
Lieberman Launches Unprovoked Attack On Harry Reid On Right-Winger …
Ed Husain / Newsweek:
Opinion: Osama's Army of Doctors, Engineers
White House:
President Bush Visits Cleveland, Ohio