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6:00 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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Connecting.the.Dots:
Farewell to a Lady  —  "My mother," Lynda Bird Johnson once told me, "thinks well of everybody.  She's even sure the Devil's been maligned.  Just got a bad press."  —  I got to know the First Lady during the time her daughter worked for me when I was editor of McCalls.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Enid Nemy / New York Times:
Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady, Dies at 94
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Truthdig
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Will Not Attend Hearing  —  Today, attorney George T. Manning, representing former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, rescinded his prior confirmation that Ms.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: Capitol Briefing and ACSBlog
The Huffington Post:
Simon Heller and Vivien Labaton: Muzzled
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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James Taranto / Opinion Journal:   Best of the Web  —  Today's Video on WSJ.com: James Taranto …
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Intelligence Briefing on the Hill Today  —  The top intelligence analysts for the CIA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) provided a Global Security Assessment to the full House Armed Services Committee today.
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Associated Press:
Al-Qaida has rebuilt, U.S. intel warns
Discussion: Scrutiny Hooligans
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 …
New York Times:
McCain Call Raises an Ethics Question  —  About 3 p.m. Tuesday, Senator John McCain ducked off the Senate floor, entered the Republican cloakroom and took out his mobile phone.  Just hours after accepting the resignation of his two top campaign aides, he was making a conference call …
Discussion: The Politico and Don Surber
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New York Times:
Bush to Declare Gains in Iraq on Some Fronts  —  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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ABCNEWS:
Security Forces Improve in Baghdad, Politics Founder
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and On Deadline
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 …
Times of London:
British blamed for mysterious Beast of Basra  —  British forces operating around the southern Iraqi city of Basra are being blamed for the arrival of a plague of vicious badgers that stalk the streets at night, attacking livestock and even humans.  —  Local farmers have caught and killed several …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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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 …
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.
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."
 
 
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Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
In Economics Departments, a Growing Will to Debate Fundamental Assumptions
MySanAntonio.com:
Pope defines 'true church'
Discussion: Eschaton and Big Brass Blog
Fred Thompson / National Review:
The Los Angeles Times, Preparing Another Piece on Thompson
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Kahn / Reuters:
Scientists find signs of water beyond solar system
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Video by Firefighters' Union Urges Opposition to Giuliani
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
CIA Said Instability Seemed 'Irreversible'
Discussion: The Reaction
Nick Gillespie / Reason Magazine:
Remembering the Gores and the PMRC
Discussion: Redstate
Rapsmith / The Right Coast:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
House Passes the College Cost Reduction Act
Nancy Zuckerbrod / Associated Press:
House OKs cuts to student loan rates
Discussion: On Deadline
Associated Press:
Al-Qaida: Wage holy war against Pakistan
Laura McGann / TPMmuckraker:
Rita Case Similar To Libby's, But With Prison Time
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World View
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
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
 

 
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