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8:20 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: State of the Day
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Officials Worry of Summer Terror Attack
Discussion: Democrats.com
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:   The Devil and the Ouija Board
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chertoff should be fired
Discussion: The Reaction
Updates:
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 …
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David Corn:
A Blast from Vitter's Past  —  From my "Capital Games" column at www.thenation.com....  In the fall of 1998, David Vitter felt compelled to weigh in on the national debate over the possible impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about sex.  Vitter was not yet a member of Congress; he was a Republican state representative.
Dan / Riehl World View:
A Note On Janette Maier
Baseball Crank:
POLITICS: Next Week's Wire Story  —  News flash: not being a party man not the best way to become the party's man  —  After today's news, I have to look down the road to next week's headline: … It's sad, actually.  John McCain is a patriot and a true American hero, and for all his flaws …
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Reuters:
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.
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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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Next Hurrah
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
White House Is Accused of Putting Politics Over Science  —  Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional committee today that top officials in the Bush administration repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.
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.)
Guardian:
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.
Ed Husain / Newsweek:
Opinion: Osama's Army of Doctors, Engineers  —  A one-time jihadi looks at why so many radical Islamic groups include doctors and engineers—and how their involvement threatens the religion itself.  —  WEB-EXCLUSIVE GUEST COMMENTARY  —  Britain is a nation in shock.
Guardian:
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.
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.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and MyDD
 
 
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Democrats' Plan to Ease Tax Falters
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Did Senator Vitter Get Hustled?
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