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4:45 PM ET, July 20, 2007


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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory  —  There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2.  It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.  —  She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education.  She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top.
New York Times:
Women Supportive but Skeptical of Clinton, Poll Says  —  Women view Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more favorably than men do, but she still faces skepticism among some women, especially those who are older and those who are married, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
This Just In...  According to Robin Givhan of the WaPo, Hillary Clinton is a woman.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton, Trust and the War
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Clinton in charge in South Carolina
Discussion: New York Times
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush to Have Colonoscopy at Camp David  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush will have a routine colonoscopy Saturday and temporarily hand presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney, the White House said.  —  Press secretary Tony Snow told reporters Friday that Bush will have the procedure …
CNN Political Ticker:
Cheney to become president...briefly  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will undergo a routine colonoscopy Saturday, and will transfer power to Vice President Dick Cheney during the procedure, expected to take about two and a half hours, the chief White House spokesman said.
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   BE AFRAID
Cheney to be in charge during Bush colonoscopy
Discussion: The Washington Note
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bush's magical shield from criminal prosecution  —  The Bush administration decided to announce to Washington Post reporters Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein its view that it has the power to block the Justice Department, and its U.S. Attorneys, from criminally prosecuting Executive Branch employees …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bush's 2001 condemnation of Russia's human rights abuses
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
The Enemy Within: Where Are the Islamist/Jihadist Websites Hosted, and What Can Be Done about It?  —  Today, in a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and Rep. Mike Pence …
Scott Weinberger / WCBS-TV:
Jersey City Woman Finds Missile Launcher On Lawn  —  Officials: Launcher, Good For One Use Only, Had Already Been Fired  —  Featured Slideshows:  —  Reporting  —  (CBS) JERSEY CITY A Jersey City woman made what to her and her neighbors was a shocking discovery Friday morning when she noticed …
The Corner:
Vitter  —  It's a crime.  It's a bad crime.
Discussion: Your Right Hand Thief
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sounds like he...  LAW & ORDER  —  Sounds like he really may be the guy to carry on the Bush legacy ...  Earlier reports suggested this was just Garrity's hobbyhorse.  But if the whole staff was involved, did Mitt really not know?
Casey Ross / Boston Herald:
Romney aide's bogus badges: Sources detail 'illegal' security tactic
Discussion: MSNBC and Angry Bear
Michael J. Totten:
Welcome to Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD — Never again will I complain about the inconvenience and discomfort of airports and civilian airline travel delays.  You won't either if make your way from Kuwait to Baghdad in July during a war.  —  Military planes leave Kuwait every couple of hours …
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Senate Democrats foil attempt to bar 'Fairness Doctrine'  —  Senate Democrats last night beat back a Republican attempt to attach an anti-Fairness Doctrine bill as an amendment to education legislation.  —  The doctrine, a former requirement that broadcasters present opposing points of view …
Discussion: The Reaction
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Exclusive: Hillary's Stinging Letter To SecDef Gates Obtained  —  In an unusual challenge to a Defense Secretary from a sitting Senator, Hillary Clinton has just written a sharply worded letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, demanding that he personally account for a Pentagon official's assertion yesterday …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Hastert to resign?  —  According to the Politico, columnist Robert Novak will report this weekend: … Poor Denny Hasturd, I was wondering what that lummox was up to.  —  Another Republican loser bites the dust.  Maybe he can bring his dynamic personality out on the road and do some fundraising for the Grand Old Perverts.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
EDWARDS GOT RICH HURTING THE POOR  —  Trailing in the polls, John Edwards spent the past week telling the poor and downtrodden how much he cares about them.  —  He even insisted that his Kennedy-esque "poverty tour" was not part of his campaign to capture the White House.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Laura McGann / TPMmuckraker:
Penney Told Different Story At Sports Fishing Hearing  —  For a millionaire real estate developer, Bob Penney has claimed to be remarkably ignorant of the true value of the riverfront property he sold to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) last year.  —  He sold Murkowski the wooded plot for $179,400 …
Discussion: Anchorage Daily News
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools
Discussion: The Agonist and Three Wise Men
Ray Robison / American Thinker:
Who is TNR's mysterious author 'Scott Thomas'?
Bashirullah Khan / Associated Press:
Suicide bombing in Pakistan kills 4
The Corner:
S-CHIP Headaches  —  The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and PSoTD
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Searching for President DiMaggio
Amanda / Think Progress:
Byrd on dogfighting: 'Hear me! Barbaric!'
Walter Alarkon / Concord Monitor:
Obama: 'It is time to bring our troops home'
Discussion: Political Radar and Obama HQ
 Earlier Items: 
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror, Thanks Troops
CBS News:
Just 18 Months Left For Bush
Kos / Daily Kos:
Psst, Bill? JetBlue ain't going nowhere
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush Threatened To Veto Same Military Pay Raise That He Now Uses …
Discussion: The Gavel and Salon
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iraq Report Boils Down to Competing Time Demands
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Bush's Cognitive Dissonance
Murray Weiss / New York Post:
Discussion: Betsy's Page