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3:45 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 …
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Fail to Force Vote on Iraq Pullout  —  Senate Democrats fell short this morning, after a rare all-night session, in their attempt to force President Bush to begin withdrawing American troops from Iraq.  —  The measure, which called for troops to begin departing within 120 days …
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Spineless Sages  —  Top GOP Senators Only Talk Against the War  —  Anyone searching for the highest forms of invertebrate life need look no further than the floor of the U.S. Senate last week and this.  These spineless specimens go by various names — Republican moderates …
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.
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.
Talking Points Memo:
Hot on the...  CURIOUS TIMING  —  Hot on the heels …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Edwards ad touts him as a tough guy  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Elizabeth Edwards tells voters her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, is a tough guy "who can stare the worst in the face and not blink" in an ad set to start airing Wednesday in New Hampshire.
Is Mrs. Edwards Campaign's Voice?
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Eric Pooley / Time:
Can Poverty Define John Edwards?
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Washington Post:
Papers Detail Industry's Role in Cheney's Energy Report  —  At 10 a.m. on April 4, 2001, representatives of 13 environmental groups were brought into the Old Executive Office Building for a long-anticipated meeting.  Since late January, a task force headed by Vice President Cheney …
Joseph Carroll / Gallup Poll:
Americans' Ratings of Dick Cheney Reach New Lows  —  Job approval rating, favorable rating both at 30%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' ratings of Vice President Dick Cheney are now at their lowest point to date, according to the latest Gallup Poll, with only 30% approving of the way Cheney …
Discussion: Think Progress
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Bush's Latest Quarterly Approval Average Easily Surpasses Previous Low
Discussion: First Draft
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 …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Voters unhappy with Bush; Congress: Reuters poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most U.S. voters think the country is on the wrong track and remain deeply unhappy with President George W. Bush and Congress, but still feel good about their finances and optimistic about the future, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
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.
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?
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Generation Chickenhawk: the Unauthorized College Republican Convention Tour
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: Angry Bear and normblog
Gregg Easterbrook / The Huffington Post:
Greatest Living American Ignored  —  Today in Washington I was in the room as the greatest living American received a medal.  George W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi and others were present.  But will you ever hear this event occurred?  To judge from tonight's major network evening newscasts, perhaps not.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Fredo Finally Gives U.S. Attorney a Good Evaluation  —  In the Justice Department's Great Hall (the very room where giant, blue drapes covered the underdressed statuary during John Ashcroft's tenure as attorney general), an array of prosecutors, securities regulators and FBI honchos gathered yesterday …
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The Corner:
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Clinton, McCain on Senate floor on Iraq
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