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9:05 AM ET, July 20, 2007


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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 …
Dave Chappelle: Next White House press secretary?
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Clinton Demands Pentagon Plan for Withdrawal  —  Pentagon Rebukes Clinton Request; 'Outrageous,' She Says  —  Another contentious issue is emerging in the Iraq battle between the White House and Congress as senators from both parties are beginning to openly question whether the Pentagon …
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Go to Iraq and fight, Mr. President  —  Bush's latest choice of scapegoat — Hillary Clinton — boggles the mind  —  Special Comment: Blame Hillary?  —  July 19: Keith Olbermann says the choice to scapegoat Sen. Clinton is unfathomable — go fight your war yourself, Mr. President.  —  Countdown
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Pentagon vs Clinton
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Pentagon Official Accuses Hillary Clinton Of Boosting Enemy Propaganda
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Election Central:
Happy Hour Roundup
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Liberals vow to block Iraq funding
Discussion: The Raw Story
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Poll: Hillary Clinton as Role Model
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 …
Ianschwartz /
Kerry: No Bloodbath In Vietnam After US Redeployment  —  Dateline: Washington, D.C.  —  Sen. John Kerry said during a C-Span appearance that fears of a bloodbath after the US withdrawal from Vietnam never materialized.  He says he's met survivors of the "reeducation camps" who are thriving in modern Vietnam.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Don Surber:
Kerry lied, people died
Discussion: TigerHawk
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trouble With the Neighbors  —  One of the most infuriating problems in Iraq seems to generate precious little fury.  —  In a kind of malicious chemistry experiment, hostile powers are adding accelerants to Iraq's frothing chaos.  Iran smuggles in the advanced explosive devices that kill and maim American soldiers.
Eating beef ' is less green than driving'  —  Producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours, it was claimed yesterday.  —  Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
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.
A Cynical Saudi Solution  —  While Saudi Arabia is not happy with how Shia Arabs have taken control of Iraq, and appear able to hold on to it, they are pleased with how the fighting in Iraq has greatly depleted the number of al Qaeda backers inside Saudi Arabia.
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Belmont Club
Brooke Masters / Financial Times:
Options backdating probe hit by delay  —  Investigations into allegations of stock options backdating are being delayed and could be undermined by turmoil in the US Attorney's office in San Francisco, sources familiar with the probes say.  —  Prosecutors in San Francisco are probing options grants …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   The Financial Times reports that some cases in the San Francisco …
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.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama: Don't stay in Iraq over genocide  —  SUNAPEE, N.H. - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: All the President's Enablers  —  President Bush has plenty of enablers — people who understand the folly of his actions, but refuse to do anything to stop him.
Elana Levin / DMI Blog:
When Infrastructure Attacks! (a special you won't see on Fox)  —  There was an explosion in Midtown Manhattan yesterday.  I found out about it because 10 people were text messeging my cell to make sure I was ok - each with varying levels of fatalism about my prospect of survival (maybe they want my apartment?
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It Doesn't Matter that Journalists Misquote Everyone
Discussion: Ed
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Judge Dismisses Suit by Former C.I.A. Operative
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
This Is Why We Revile Them  —  Marc Ambinder at the Atlantic defends …
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Pakistan: Revenge Attacks on Chinese Nationals and Security Personnel
Timothy Garton Ash / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq hasn't even begun
Will Collier / VodkaPundit:
Fool If You Think It's Over  —  Just when I thought my 1.5 seconds of …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Novak justifies outing Plame & sources
Discussion: Angry Bear
Everything you've heard is true. I'm leaving next Thursday.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and INSTAPUTZ