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11:50 AM ET, July 11, 2007


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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.
Washington Post:
Ex-Aide Refuses to Testify on Attorney Firings  —  Former White House aide Sara M. Taylor refused to testify today about White House discussions surrounding the firing of nine U.S. attorneys last year, but, treading carefully around a White House claim of executive privilege, did offer some details about the episode.
Discussion: Think Progress and MoJoBlog
Kevin Drawbaugh / Reuters:
White House threatens House student loan bill veto  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a bill backed by U.S. House of Representatives Democrats that would slash subsidies paid to college student-loan companies such as Sallie Mae, Citigroup and Bank of America.
Discussion: Air America Radio
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
In Advance Of Sara Taylor and the HJC...
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
Bush writes Gaddafi on prospects for improved ties
Discussion: Associated Press and The Corner
Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Officials Worry of Summer Terror Attack  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. counterterror officials are warning of an increased risk of an attack this summer, given al-Qaida's apparent interest in summertime strikes and increased al-Qaida training in the Afghan-Pakistani border region.
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Al Qaeda Cell in the U.S. Or On Its Way, According to New Intel
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.
D-Mac / Philadelphia Will Do:
Rick Santorum Would Very Much Like It If You Blew Up And Couldn't Vote Democrat
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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.
David Corn:   A Blast from Vitter's Past
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
A Senator's Moral High Ground Gets a Little Shaky
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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 …
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.
The Hill:   McCain is left stranded
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.
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.
USA Today:
'08 money race: Some nickel-and-diming it  —  WASHINGTON — Presidential candidates are using low-cost tickets to fundraisers, online contests and concerts featuring pop stars to lure a group they hope will give them an edge: donors who contribute in small amounts.
Discussion: The American Mind
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.
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Legal bills  —  Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) paid a Washington law firm more than $22,000 during the past three months, according to his most recent campaign finance report.  —  Last year, the FBI reportedly investigated whether the congressman had properly disclosed his real estate investment …
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Stephen Biddle / Washington Post:
Iraq: Go Deep or Get Out  —  The president's shaky political consensus …
Discussion: Think Progress and ABCNEWS
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Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
Passing buck on immigration cost teen's life
Giant badgers terrorise Iraqi port city
Discussion: The Corner
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Richardson apologizes to gays
The Atlantic Online:
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Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Navy Readies a Pullback in Persian Gulf
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Martha Waggoner / Associated Press:
Cartoonist Doug Marlette Dies in Crash
Discussion: Town Called Dobson
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Message: Stay the Course
Discussion: Danger Room
Susan Page / USA Today:
As Bush exits, his issues will linger
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Philip Johnston / Telegraph:
Salman Rushdie honour enrages Al-Qa'eda
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Set the iPhone free!
Pope says Protestants cannot have churches
Election Central:
Lieberman Launches Unprovoked Attack On Harry Reid On Right-Winger …
White House:
President Bush Visits Cleveland, Ohio