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2:35 PM ET, July 19, 2007


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain's comeback plan  —  Sen. John McCain is circulating talking points to supporters making the case for why he can still win despite his precarious money situation and loss of key staff.  In two documents obtained from a Republican source outside McCain's circle, the campaign compares …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
McCain on the Mend?  —  After enduring a week of staff departures …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
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 …
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 …
Huffington Post:
Harry Potter And The Fact That I Hate The New York Times  —  ? No WMD rumors to plaster on the front page, no Jayson Blair to make things up for posterity, no Alessandra Stanley to mangle TV show names?  I'm mad so I'm lashing out, but come on: How on earth could you run a review of the last Harry Potter?
Editor and Publisher:
A Harry Decision: 'NYT' and 'The Sun' Break Embargo on Potter Book
Discussion: Attytood
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?
Tony Snow / USA Today:
Victory in Iraq is vital  —  President has weakened al-Qaeda, made USA safer from attack.  —  Politics sometimes manages to muddle the obvious.  The war in Iraq, authorized by three-quarters of the Senate, was launched in response to Saddam Hussein's refusal to abide by 17 United Nations resolutions …
Out of the shadows  —  In Iraq, suicide attacks and sectarian killings grab the world's attention.  But it is the guerrilla war being waged by the Iraqi resistance that is having such a devastating effect on US and British forces.  And now these insurgent groups want to create a united front - and a political platform.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Department of Energy disputes Rep. Murtha's claims on earmark request  —  The Department of Energy is denying Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) claim that it supports his $1 million earmark request for a project in his district aimed at protecting the nation's natural-gas pipelines.
Discussion: and Betsy's Page
The Atlantic Online:
No Such Thing As a Paid Vacation  —  Last week I was talking to one of the sharpest knives in the progressive economic policy drawer and he made what struck me as an odd claim about what he claimed as an important divide in progressive thinking.  Some people (including the two of us) …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Gavel and Prairie Weather
Obama Campaign Responds to Sex Education in Kindergarten Comments  —  At first the headline was shocking.  ABC News ran a story with the headline "Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama."  You can read the story here and watch his comments here.  The key excerpt is below:
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 that had organized mountains of her documents.
The epic narcissism of Cindy Sheehan  —  Everyone is getting tired of the sanctimonious peace activist, who threatens to run against Nancy Pelosi and does a photo shoot on her son's grave.  —  Even the American left's netroots are getting tired of Cindy Sheehan.  It's a shame it took them so long.
CBS News:
Poll: Most Support Iraq Timetable  —  CBS/NYT Poll: 61% Say Congress Shouldn't Fund War Without Timetable For Withdrawal  —  (CBS) While Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic bid to force a vote on U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq, a CBS News/New York Times poll finds a majority …
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
What Indicted Muslim Says while out on Bail: "Terrorize them" …
Faiza Saleh Ambah / Washington Post:
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Dems split on Cunningham report
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Simpsons Creator Matt Groening on The Daily Show: forbidden …
Sarah Gilman / Aspen Daily News:
Gore: human species in a race for its life
Discussion: The Corner and Gateway Pundit
Bill Maher / The Huffington Post:
George Bush's Jihad Recruitment Drive
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
US to crack down on "terror bankrolls"
Gen. Wesley Clark / The Huffington Post:
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Clinton: No Military Victory in Iraq
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Republicans flip out over lawyer flap
Atrios / Eschaton:
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Andrew Ryan / Boston Globe:
None of the above  —  Bill offers voters a way to put action …
Associated Press:
Mysterious insurgent a sham, U.S. says
Think Progress:
Bush's Agencies Of Mass Politicization
Discussion: Norwegianity and The Sideshow

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New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

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