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9:30 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
The Hill:
McCain is left stranded  —  The wheels came off Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign yesterday as high-level staffers resigned amid infighting and acrimony.  —  Longtime McCain adviser and friend John Weaver, campaign manager Terry Nelson, political director Rob Jesmer …
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.
Discussion: CNN
Baseball Crank:
POLITICS: Next Week's Wire Story
Discussion: Associated Press and Heading Right
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
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: Brian Beutler
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  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush has written to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi saying further strengthening of ties hinges on Libya's adherence to agreements under which it scrapped weapons of mass destruction programs, the White House said on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Corner and Associated Press
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.)
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Susan Page / USA Today:
As Bush exits, his issues will linger
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Discussion: New York Times
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Salman Rushdie honour enrages Al-Qa'eda
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SELLING NATIONAL HEALTHCARE....Matt Yglesias on one of the upsides …
Ezra Klein:
Results!  —  Apropos of the earlier discussion positing …
Discussion: Brian Beutler and The RBC
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
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Richard / EU Referendum:
Dodgy deals  —  The Sun is telling us that more than 12,000 …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Karl Rove Solution for Iraq?
Washington Post:
In GOP, Growing Friction On Iraq
Atrios / Eschaton:
Moore/Gupta  —  I haven't gone into the full details …
Fairy Tales  —  The war in Iraq is notable not because it is …
Discussion: Dean's World and INDCJournal
Lawrence Schumacher /
Bachmann: Surge needs time
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Norwegianity
Ed Husain / Newsweek:
Opinion: Osama's Army of Doctors, Engineers
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Bush jokes. Crowd laughs. Girl cries.

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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

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