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12:40 PM ET, July 12, 2007

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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 …
Washington Post:
White House Gives Iraq Mixed Marks in Report  —  Assessment of Progress Identifies Positive Movement in 8 of the 18 Benchmarks  —  A widely anticipated White House report on Iraq argues that the Baghdad government has made "satisfactory" progress toward nearly half of the political …
Discussion: The Hill
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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
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 …
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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 …
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John Kennedy / Orlando Sentinel:
Rep. Bob Allen Arrested on Sex Charge
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Presser  —  He's arguing he didn't decide to go to war; Saddam did.
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Thompson Waffles On Pro-Choice Lobbying Past
Wall Street Journal:
Whole Foods Is Hot, Wild Oats a Dud — So Said 'Rahodeb'
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
Politics / Washington Post:
Thompson Still Waiting For Right Moment to Announce
Discussion: Hot Air
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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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Specter says Dems broke their promise
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
'A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi... You know, so what?'
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