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6:50 PM ET, July 18, 2007

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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Breaking: Reid Yanks Defense Authorization Bill To Force GOP's Hand  —  Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP's successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won't allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until …
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Think Progress:
Reid Pulls Defense Authorization Bill Off The Floor, Vows To Return To Iraq Redeployment Legislation  —  After forcing conservatives to stand all-night and filibuster the Levin-Reed Iraq redeployment bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has pulled the entire Defense Authorization bill from consideration on the Senate floor.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Spineless Sages  —  Top GOP Senators Only Talk Against the War
Associated Press:
US: Top al-Qaida in Iraq figure captured  —  BAGHDAD - The U.S. command said Wednesday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the group's foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter.
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Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Intelligence Puts Rationale For War on Shakier Ground  —  The White House faced fresh political peril yesterday in the form of a new intelligence assessment that raised sharp questions about the success of its counterterrorism strategy and judgment in making Iraq the focus of that effort.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Townsend: 'I Don't Know' If Al Qaeda Was In Iraq Before The War
Associated Press:
U.S.: Top al-Qaeda in Iraq leader captured
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Lester Munson / ESPN:
Legal odds against Vick just got much longer … A grand jury indicted Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday, which at least partially answers one question that has lingered since the news first broke about an alleged dogfighting operation on property owned by Vick in Virginia: Was Vick involved?
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Flynt Ready to Implicate Another Senator  —  Larry King interviewed Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt last night on how he linked Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to an alleged prostitution ring.  Flynt now says he's got information linking another U.S. Senator to a sex scandal.
Zzaki / Political Punch:
Fishy behavior  —  People Magazine reports that former Vice President Al Gore's youngest daughter, Sarah Gore, 28, married businessman Bill Lee at the Beverly Hills Hotel earlier this month.  For the rehearsal dinner, at Beverly Hills' Crustacean restaurant, executive chef Helene An prepared …
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
BEST BLOGS BANNED.  TRUTH SILENCED  —  I mentioned earlier on my show that Atlas Shrugs has been banned in the UK and the EU according to Pim's Ghost.  Stranger still, the number of visits to this site generated by google search have all but disappeared in the past couple of days.
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Generation Chickenhawk: the Unauthorized College Republican Convention Tour
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
Hummer Owner Gets Angry Message  —  Vandals Batter D.C. Man's SUV, Slash Its Tires and Scratch In an Eco Note  —  On a narrow, leafy street in Northwest Washington, where Prius hybrid cars and Volvos are the norm, one man bought a flashy gray Hummer that was too massive to fit in his garage.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
R. Milhous Giuliani  —  With the same rootless confidence that causes people to ignore hurricane warnings, many social conservatives remain in denial about Rudy Giuliani's chances of winning the Republican nomination.  —  But with three debates and eight months as the Republican front-runner under his belt …
Media Matters for America:
Wash. Post's Murray: GOP won't support Iraq withdrawal because "[t]hey're just not willing to do that to the military"  —  On the July 18 edition of MSNBC Live, during a discussion of Senate Republicans' move blocking an up or down vote on a Democratic amendment aimed at withdrawing troops from Iraq …
Maria Bartiromo / Business Week:
A Resolute Condoleezza Rice  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been at George W. Bush's side since he was sworn in as President in 2001, first as National Security Advisor and now as the nation's top diplomat.  Like the President, she has been pilloried for not adequately recognizing …
Ed Koch / Real Clear Politics:
I'm Done Defending the Iraq Policy  —  I'm bailing out.  I will no longer defend the policy of keeping U.S. troops in Iraq to assist the Iraqi central government in the ongoing civil war.  While our men and women in the military suffer casualties daily, the Iraqi government refuses …
Carlin Romano / Chronicle of Higher Education:
If We Don't Call Them Names, the Terrorists Win  —  After the terrorist near misses in London and Glasgow, British officials did the expected.  They raised their nation's threat-assessment level.  They weighed the balance between civil liberties and new, tougher security measures.
Discussion: normblog, Hot Air and Angry Bear
 
 
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
North to Alaska  —  Rep. Don Young attacked his fellow Republicans …
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