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1:55 AM ET, July 20, 2007


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Carol Leonnig / Washington Post:
Judge Dismisses Plame Lawsuit  —  A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President Cheney and top administration officials over the disclosure of Plame's name and covert status to the media.
Associated Press:
Valerie Plame's Lawsuit Dismissed
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   Novak justifies outing Plame & sources
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:   Judge Dismisses Suit by Former C.I.A. Operative
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Pentagon rebukes Sen. Clinton on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.  —  In a stinging rebuke to a member …
Eric S. Edelman / DefenseLINK:
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Special Comment: Keith Blasts Bush Scapegoating: "This is YOUR War."
Discussion: Liberal Values
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney also once backed "age-appropriate" sex ed  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney attacked Sen. Barack Obama yesterday for purportedly wanting sex education in kindergarten.  —  It turns out, Romney himself once indicated support for the same sort of sex-ed approach — "age-appropriate" — that Obama backs.
CBS News:
Poll: 63% Say Clinton "Likely" To Win  —  CBS/NYT Poll: Majorities Of Both Men And Women Think New York Democrat Will Be Next President  —  (CBS) A new CBS News/New York Times poll out Thursday shows 63 percent of voters believe it's likely that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Republicans Losing Ground in '08 Race  —  NEW YORK — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now holds a slight lead over top Republican Rudy Giuliani for the first time in a hypothetical 2008 presidential matchup.  In fact, to varying degrees, Clinton and fellow Democratic …
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Poll: Hillary Clinton as Role Model
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Democrats cut 'John Doe' provision  —  Congressional Democrats today failed to include a provision in homeland security legislation that would protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leaders.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FEMA Suppressed Health Warnings for Workers, Katrina Victims  —  Agency Rejected Environmental Testing on Formaldehyde Gas Levels  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has suppressed warnings from its own Gulf coast field workers since the middle of 2006 about suspected health problems …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A CORRECTION?  NOT ON YOUR LIFE!  —  We wrote here about a story in the Chicago Sun-Times by columnist Jennifer Hunter, reporting on a plaintiffs' lawyers convention in Chicago.  The five principal Democratic presidential candidates addressed the convention, and Hunter's story was on the lawyers' reaction.
Washington Post:
Broader Privilege Claimed In Firings  —  White House Says Hill Can't Pursue Contempt Cases  —  Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dave Chappelle: Next White House press secretary?  —  From CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — One of the best parts of the White House beat is that you just never know who's going to show up at those black iron gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
New York Times:
U.S. Generals Request Delay in Judging Iraq  —  The top commanders in Iraq and the American ambassador to Baghdad appealed for more time beyond their mid-September assessment to more fully judge if the new strategy was making gains.  —  Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq …
Discussion: Hot Air and Oliver Willis
Media Matters for America:
Sawyer apologizes for false assertion that Reid "vows to filibuster"  —  On the July 19 edition of ABC's Good Morning America, co-host Diane Sawyer apologized for her false assertion — documented by Media Matters for America — regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) …
Discussion: Corrente, Taylor Marsh and Norwegianity
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Overhaul Plan for Vote System Will Be Delayed  —  Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are slowing their drive to revamp the nation's voting systems, aides said yesterday.  —  Under pressure from state and local officials, as well as from lobbyists for the disabled …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Prairie Weather
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Discussion: The Belmont Club
Catherine Elsworth / Telegraph:
Al Gore's fish dinner turns out green
Digby / Hullabaloo:
This Is Why We Revile Them  —  Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic defends …
Animesh Roul / Counterterrorism Blog:
Pakistan: Revenge Attacks on Chinese Nationals and Security Personnel
Timothy Garton Ash / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq hasn't even begun
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Liberals vow to block Iraq funding
Discussion: The Raw Story
Don Surber:
Kerry lied, people died
Discussion: TigerHawk
 Earlier Items: 
Everything you've heard is true. I'm leaving next Thursday.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Sadly, No!
Editor and Publisher:
First Plame Case Film Set to Roll — With Kate Beckinsale as Judy Miller?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Has anyone seen our 'war czar'?
John Dickerson / Slate:
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
LEAVING IRAQ....Michael Duffy of Time makes me bang my head on the wall:
Spencer Ackerman / Election Central:
Iraq and the Defense Bill: A Post-Mortem Guide for the Perplexed