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3:20 PM ET, July 11, 2007


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Dick Morris / The Hill:
Bush will have to pull out of Iraq, or face historical obliteration  —  Are they traitors or prophets, these Republicans who have jumped ship and called for Bush to begin pulling out of Iraq — Sens. George Voinovich (Ohio), Richard Lugar (Ind.), John Warner (Va.), and Pete Domenici (N.M.)?
Bob Geiger:
Republicans Kill Webb's Troop-Protection Amendment  —  We didn't need any further proof that Congressional Republicans really don't give a damn about the troops or their families but we just got it in the United States Senate anyway.  —  Just moments ago, Senate Republicans succeeded …
Washington Post:
Senate GOP Blocks Longer Leave for Troops  —  Setback Comes in First Test of Democratic War Proposals  —  Legislation that would have required longer troop rests between combat deployments fell today to a Republican filibuster, but GOP cracks on President Bush's war policies continued to widen …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Senators Reject Guaranteed Time Stateside for Troops Deployed in War
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Associated Press:
Marine Investigator Recommends Dropping Charges in Haditha Killings  —  SAN DIEGO — An investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against a U.S. Marine accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men in a squad action that killed 24 civilians in the town of Haditha, according to a report.
Josh White / Washington Post:
Officer Recommends Haditha Charges Dropped Against Marine
Discussion: Democracy Project
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.
White House: No specific terror threat against US
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Chairman Thompson Responds to Chertoff's "Gut Feeling"  —  Yesterday Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was reported to have made the following remarks:  —  Homeland Security chief warns of 'increased risk'  —  E.A. Torriero, Chicago Tribune - July 11, 2007
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FILIBUSTER WATCH....Apropos of my comment yesterday about …
Discussion: Unfogged and Obsidian Wings
Human Rights Campaign Foundation and MTV Networks' Logo Channel to Co-Present Live Televised Event Aug. 9 with Co-Panelists Melissa Etheridge and Joe Solmonese  —  LOS ANGELES — Logo, a division of Viacom's MTV Networks, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation today announced they will co-present …
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.
Stephen Biddle / Washington Post:
Iraq: Go Deep or Get Out  —  The president's shaky political consensus for the surge in Iraq is in danger of collapsing after the recent defections of prominent Senate Republicans such as Richard Lugar (Ind.), Pete Domenici (N.M.) and George Voinovich (Ohio).
Michael Yon:
Al-Qaeda on the Run: Feasting on the Moveable Beast  —  "No al Qaeda Zone": Hefty Buhriz Policeman smoking in public.  —  The last major mission I did while in Baqubah in early 2005 was into Buhriz.  That mission had begun with our artillery firing some 155mm shots into a palm grove on the banks of the Diyala River.
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 …
White House:
President Bush Unveils Renovated Press Briefing Room  —  Fact Sheet: The 2007 Renovation of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  —  Life in the White House - The Press Briefing Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  I like a good, short introduction.  (Laughter.)  —  Q — (inaudible) —
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
From Barack Obama, Two Dangerous Words  —  PHILADELPHIA — Barack Obama has the teachers cheering.  The National Education Association is meeting here, and Obama— like the Democratic candidates who have spoken before him — is telling the crowd everything it wants to hear.
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Ex-Surgeon General Says White House Hushed Him  —  Former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona yesterday accused the Bush administration of muzzling him on sensitive public health issues, becoming the most prominent voice among several current and former federal science officials who have complained of political interference.
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