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10:45 AM ET, July 19, 2007

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Jo Becker / New York Times:
Records Show Ex-Senator's Work for Family Planning Unit  —  Billing records show that former Senator Fred Thompson spent nearly 20 hours working as a lobbyist on behalf of a group seeking to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s, even though he recently …
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Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Bush: No Deal On Children's Health Plan  —  President Says He Objects On Philosophical Grounds  —  President Bush yesterday rejected entreaties by his Republican allies that he compromise with Democrats on legislation to renew a popular program that provides health coverage to poor children …
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
George Bush Leaves Children Behind In Health Insurance Proposal Stance
Discussion: Kiko's House
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Activity Guide  —  Democrats want 'John Doe' provision cut  —  Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Flying Imams — Are Democrats Trying to Sink Pete King's Amendment?  —  In November 2006, six Islamic leaders were removed from a U.S. Airways flight in Minneapolis after they were observed acting suspiciously-including not sitting in their assigned seats, asking for seatbelt extenders although …
Associated Press:
Mysterious insurgent a sham, U.S. says  —  BAGHDAD — Over the past year, Iraqis heard several audio recordings by a mysterious terrorist leader named Omar al-Baghdadi singing the praises of al-Qaida and urging his followers to attack U.S. troops.  —  The whole thing was a sham, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Author of His Own Undoing  —  At noon on April 25, in Prescott Park in Portsmouth, N.H., John McCain announced his presidential candidacy.  Less than two hours earlier, in the U.S. Supreme Court, a lawyer who had been solicitor general in the Clinton administration spoke in the name of McCain.
Discussion: The Politico and Brian Beutler
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Candidates Shift as G.O.P. Field Alters
Discussion: MSNBC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCain tries to shore up support on the Hill
Brian Naylor / NPR:
Democrats Fail to Win Troop Withdrawal From Iraq  —  · After more than a week of debating Iraq, including a climactic all-night session, the Senate moved on to an education bill Thursday.  —  Republicans on Wednesday blocked a proposal calling for most U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by next spring.
Discussion: myfoxcolorado.com
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New York Times:
Stymied by G.O.P., Democrats Stop Debate on Iraq
Discussion: MSNBC
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
'Brandeis Boys' come to D.C. Madam's rescue with website of phone listings  —  As the phone records of the "D.C. Madam," Deborah Jeane Palfrey, became public last week, curious Washingtonians started searching a mysterious database at dcphonelist.com that had organized mountains of her documents.
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
How Murdoch had a hotline to the PM in the run-up to Iraq war  —  Tony Blair had three conversations with the media magnate Rupert Murdoch in the nine days before the start of the Iraq war, the Government has disclosed.  —  Details of the former prime minister's contacts with Mr Murdoch …
Discussion: Attytood and AMERICAblog
hughhewitt.townhall.com:
General David Petraeus on the conditions on the ground in Iraq  —  The Hugh Hewitt Show  —  HH: Welcome, General.  You took over command of the multinational forces in February of this year, February 10.  In the past five months, how have conditions in Iraq changed?
A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Lindsey Ellerson Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is "age-appropriate," is "the right thing to do."
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Murdoch's Arrival Worries Journal Employees  —  On May 14, more than 100 reporters, editors and executives clustered in The Wall Street Journal's main newsroom to mark the retirement of Peter R. Kann, the longtime leader of their corporate parent, Dow Jones & Company.
Think Progress:
Bush's Agencies Of Mass Politicization  —  This week's report that officials in the Office of National Drug Control Policy made politically motivated appearances in the months leading up to the 2006 elections are only the latest example of the Bush administration's misuse of federal employees.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Candidates spend heavily on voter lists  —  Of all the right-leaning publications and websites that have written upbeat pieces about Mitt Romney, few have been as effusive as NewsMax, a conservative magazine based in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a discernible soft spot for the former governor and his wife.
Discussion: MSNBC
Andrew Ryan / Boston Globe:
None of the above  —  Bill offers voters a way to put action in dissatisfaction: force a new election  —  Massachusetts voters sick of holding their noses on Election Day could get another option: none of the above.  —  The proposal would let voters reject all candidates and demand a new election.
Discussion: Wizbang
 
 
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CBS News:
Poll: Most Support Iraq Timetable
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Nour Samaha / Lebanon Daily Star:
Two Israeli journalists scrap ethics for scoop
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Zogby:
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Andrew G. Bostom / American Thinker:
Recognition for the Silent Jewish Refugees
Discussion: The Corner
Sonya Geis / Washington Post:
Witness Testifies Marine Knowingly Shot Children in Haditha
Sewell Chan / City Room:
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FBI remotely installs spyware to trace bomb threat
CNN:
Study group chair: Hit al Qaeda in Pakistan