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6:30 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 …
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 just how serious the damage is to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign as a result of the resignations of two top strategists, you need only look at our earlier post on McCain's Inner Circle.
Discussion: Firedoglake and MoJoBlog
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain suffers key staff shake-ups
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Shakesville
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  —  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the "D.C. Madam," making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Sen. David Vitter, a leading Christian social conservative  —  Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana was not merely a supporter of last year's proposed constitutional amendment to "protect the sanctity of traditional marriages" by amending our Constitution to ban same-sex marriages …
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
The Hill:
Pelosi lines up Iraq votes  —  House Democrats are planning a series of votes this month on Iraq that they hope will ratchet up pressure on the White House and congressional Republicans to change course on the unpopular war or suffer political consequences.  —  Sensing that additional GOP …
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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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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 …
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and Gawker
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.
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.
 
 
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Matt / Think Progress:
Domenici: I Want My Involvement In The Attorney Scandal To Be Over
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune:
Black jury deadlocked
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Miers to Invoke Privilege, But Conyers Calls Her Anyway
WBBM-TV:
Local Reporter In Hot Water Over Stebic Story
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Don Surber
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Death knell for 'n-word'
Discussion: Wonkette and Reason Magazine
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
'Chicago Sun-Times' Looks to Redefine Itself as 'Liberal, Working-Class' Paper
Discussion: Attytood
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iran Expands Investigation of American Prisoners
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Christian Heathens  —  In case anyone's wondering what kind …
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The Atlantic Online:
The Long Sneer
Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters:
Women drawn to men with muscles
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
Persecuted Gays Seek Refuge in U.S.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Michelle Goldberg / American Prospect:
How Bush's AIDS Program is Failing Africans
Discussion: Feministing and TPMCafe blogs
Isambard Wilkinson / Telegraph:
Chief siege cleric killed as rebel mosque falls
CNN:
White House touts 'retooled' Iraq mission
Mixter / Mixter's Mix:
Blogger challenge - Let's really put the netroots to work!
The Hill:
Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance