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12:50 PM ET, July 12, 2007

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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
CIA Said Instability Seemed 'Irreversible'  —  Early on the morning of Nov. 13, 2006, members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group gathered around a dark wooden conference table in the windowless Roosevelt Room of the White House.  —  For more than an hour, they listened to President Bush give …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Consensus Waiting to Happen  —  The last time I remember Ambassador Ryan Crocker warning about a possible bloodbath, it was in September 1982 as the Sabra-Shatila massacre was taking place in Beirut.  So when Crocker tells the New York Times that a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Iraq could produce …
Washington Post:
U.S. Warns Of Stronger Al-Qaeda  —  Administration Report Cites Havens in Pakistan  —  Six years after the Bush administration declared war on al-Qaeda, the terrorist network is gaining strength and has established a safe haven in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan for training and planning attacks …
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Glenn Sulmasy / Providence Journal:   Balancing needs of law and war
Chicago Tribune:
Terror threat downplayed
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and CNN
Sridhar Pappu / Washington Post:
A Bush Aide's Long Road From The White House  —  On a snowy evening in December 1998, Sara M. Taylor, the daughter of a former pipe fitter at a John Deere plant in Iowa, came to a meeting at the Capital Hilton.  Washington had grown dark and quiet, and the hotel restaurant was empty …
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James Hohmann / Dallas Morning News:
Nobel laureate calls for removal of Bush  —  Irish peace activist's speech at Dallas event gets standing ovation  —  Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams came from Ireland to Texas to declare that President Bush should be impeached.  —  In a keynote speech at the International Women's Peace Conference …
John Kennedy / Orlando Sentinel:
Rep. Bob Allen Arrested on Sex Charge  —  Republican Rep. Bob Allen of Merritt Island, whose district includes a large swath of east Orange County, was arrested for soliciting a male undercover police officer for sex in a Titusville park restroom.  —  Allen was considered to be acting suspicious …
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Washington Post:
Wishful Thinking on Iraq  —  IT SEEMS like just weeks ago, because it was, that Congress approved funding for the war in Iraq and instructed Gen. David H. Petraeus to report back on the war's progress in September.  Now, for reasons having more to do with American politics than with Iraqi reality, September isn't soon enough.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A Nuclear Ruse Uncovers Holes in U.S. Security  —  Undercover Congressional investigators set up a bogus company and obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March that would have allowed them to buy the radioactive materials needed for a so-called dirty bomb.
Jules Crittenden:
Lazy, Stupid or Willfully Ignorant?  —  Right now, all the talk in DC is whether there has been any progress in Iraq.  No one can wait till September.  They need to know now.  Primarily, it appears, because they need to kill the war for their own domestic political reasons before it kills them.
Joel Mowbray / Washington Times:
CAIR's duplicitous ways  —  While the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been busy attacking syndicated columnist Cal Thomas recently for supposedly "Islamophobic" comments, the media-hungry group did not condemn the foiled terrorist plots in London or the successful one in Glasgow, Scotland.
Discussion: Power Line
Martin Wainwright / Guardian:
Pants helped boost literacy, say historians  —  The role of pants in the spread of western culture has been wrongly sidelined, according to medieval historians, who are starting to rank the underwear factor alongside the invention of printing.  —  Rags from discarded pants and knickers led …
Discussion: normblog
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Thompson Waffles On Pro-Choice Lobbying Past  —  Fred Thompson has effectively admitted in an interview with Sean Hannity that he did lobby in behalf of a pro-abortion rights group.  —  Hannity served up a chest-high, 25 mph softball:  —  "They have attacked you, they have attacked your family …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The RBC
 
 
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Bush Unveils The New White House Press Room
The Corner:
Let Us Pray  —  Harry Reid had a Hindu chaplain say the opening prayer …
Discussion: Shakesville and PSoTD
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Presser  —  He's arguing he didn't decide to go to war; Saddam did.
Washington Post:
White House Gives Iraq Mixed Marks in Report
Mr Eugenides:
The dangers of providing links to your sources
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Rasmussen Reports:
Poll: 19% Consider Troop Surge a Success
Discussion: Salon
Javeed Akhter / Baltimore Sun:
Terror plot violated profession, religion
Time:
Leveling the Praying Field
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Politics / Washington Post:
Thompson Still Waiting For Right Moment to Announce
Discussion: Hot Air
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
The Case of the Diamond Dildo
Austin Bay Blog:
Quick US Exit From Iraq: Seven Scenarios
The Atlantic Online:
"My Oath, Like Your Oath, Is to Uphold the Constitution"
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Nixon wanted to be seen as 'nicey-nice'
Monica Maggioni / Foreign Policy:
Ahmadinejobless  —  Iran's radical president is sinking fast, and he knows it.
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
'A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi... You know, so what?'
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