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3:20 AM ET, July 12, 2007

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Kelley Shannon / Associated Press:
Lady Bird Johnson dies at 94  —  AUSTIN, Texas - Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, a family spokeswoman said.  She was 94.  —  Johnson, who suffered a stroke …
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Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
Lady Bird Johnson Gave America A Big Bouquet  —  This was another Lady Bird spring we had, wasn't it?  —  Confident and lush and defiantly gorgeous, this spring burst out of an ugly winter in such glory because of Lady Bird Johnson.  Starting after her husband became president in 1963 …
New York Times:
Bush to Declare Progress in Iraq on Some Benchmarks  —  The Bush administration will assert in the next few days that progress in carrying out the new American strategy in Iraq has been satisfactory on nearly half of the 18 benchmarks set by Congress, according to several administration officials.
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myfoxorlando.com:
State House Rep. Arrested  —  Titusville police say they have arrested Florida State Rep. Robert "Bob" Allen, of Merrit Island, on second degree misdemeanor charges for soliciation for prostiution.  —  Allen, 48, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Veteran's Memorial Park on East Broad St. in Titusville.
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Orlando Sentinel:
Rep. Bob Allen arrested on sex charge  —  TITUSVILLE - State Rep. Bob Allen was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local park after offering to perform a sex act on an undercover officer in exchange for $20, police said.  —  Allen, R-Merritt Island, was booked into the Brevard County jail …
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Flynt is tracking 20 congressional sex scandal leads  —  Larry Flynt, the porn-industry magnate who first linked Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to the escort service of the "D.C. Madam," said Wednesday that his investigators are tracking more than 20 leads on alleged congressional sex scandals.
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New York Times:
McCain Call Raises an Ethics Question
Discussion: The Politico
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Miers' Attorney Says She Will Not Attend Hearing  —  Today, attorney George T. Manning, representing former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, rescinded his prior confirmation that Ms. Miers would attend the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on Thursday in response to a subpoena …
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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Disregard subpoenas, Justice Dept. says
Discussion: ACSBlog
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
FRED THOMPSON: "A LAWYER WHO IS A PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE"  —  Fred Thompson has sent us the following column on the subject of his career in the practice of law.  We are delighted to bring it to our readers: … Supplementing Senator Thompson's historical observations …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Hmmm.  A very...  FELONY  —  Hmmm.  A very knowledgeable emailer says it's a felony ...  I can't vouch for the legal interpretation.  But it seems like decent prima facie case and the emailer knows his stuff.
Discussion: At-Largely and The Liberal Avenger
Siun / Firedoglake:
Levin-Lieberman Love Fest - One Step Closer to War on Iran  —  Right after Sen. Lieberman voted against U.S. troops on the Webb amendment, he launched his new Iran Amendment - cosponsored by pals Kyl, Graham, Collins and Sessions with strong support by McCain - and Senator Levin could not fall …
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Boehner calls anti-surge GOP senators 'wimps'  —  Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) called for comity Wednesday during a meeting of the Republican Conference after House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) referred to Senate colleagues who have begun to favor a change in course in Iraq as "wimps."
CNN Political Ticker:
Thompson eyes August kick-off  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is now likely to announce his presidential campaign in August, not mid-July as previously envisioned and will skip the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa, people familiar with Thompson's thinking tell CNN.
Kimberly Kagan / Opinion Journal:
Moving Forward in Iraq  —  The "surge" is working.  Will Washington allow the current progress to continue?  —  In Washington perception is often mistaken for reality.  And as Congress prepares for a fresh debate on Iraq, the perception many members have is that the new strategy has already failed.
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
House Passes the College Cost Reduction Act  —  The House has passed the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007, H.R. 2669, by a vote of 273-149.  The bill will provide the single largest increase in college aid since the GI bill in 1944.  The legislation invests about $18 billion dollars …
 
 
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Pope defines 'true church'
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Fred Thompson / National Review:
The Los Angeles Times, Preparing Another Piece on Thompson
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Michael Kahn / Reuters:
Scientists find signs of water beyond solar system
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Video by Firefighters' Union Urges Opposition to Giuliani
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
CIA Said Instability Seemed 'Irreversible'
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Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Intelligence Briefing on the Hill Today
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Nick Gillespie / Reason Magazine:
Remembering the Gores and the PMRC
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Laura McGann / TPMmuckraker:
Rita Case Similar To Libby's, But With Prison Time
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Associated Press:
Report: al-Qaida Has Regained Strength
Brian T. Fitzpatrick / Los Angeles Times:
Disorder in the court  —  The 9th Circuit is overturned more than any other appeals court.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Centrist House Republicans establish Tuesday Group PAC
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Whole or in Part, a Missing Vitter
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Time Limit on Iraq Troop Deployments Fails in Senate
Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
Officer Advises Against Trial for Marine
 

 
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