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1:55 PM 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 …
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Why the U.S. Attorney Will Not Prosecute Harriet Miers
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton, Trust and the War
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Clinton in charge in South Carolina
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Faiz / Think Progress:   Acting President Cheney.
CNN:   Cheney to be in charge during Bush colonoscopy
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   BE AFRAID
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 …
McQ / QandO:
JIHADI WEBSITES - HOSTED IN THE USA (UPDATES)  —  H  —  ere's a little factoid that MEMRI has provided: … Interested in seeing what's in Al-Qaeda's online military magazine Mu'askar Al-Battar (The Al-Battar Training Camp)?  —  Should be an easy connection, since it's hosted out of Nevada by R & D Technologies, LLC.
Discussion: Hot Air and Redstate
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 …
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.
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: 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Ted Kennedy And The Democrats Hate Free Speech  —  Once again, Minnesota's Senator Norm Coleman attempted to ensure that government would not control the content of political speech — and once again the Democrats ensured that they could impose it.  Ted Kennedy himself blocked Coleman's amendment …
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:   Senate Democrats foil attempt to bar 'Fairness Doctrine'
Scott Weinberger / WCBS-TV:
CBS2 Exclusive: Feds Seize Rocket Launcher In N.J.  —  BREAKING NEWS: Weapon Found On Jersey City Lawn, In Flight Path Of Newark Airport  —  Featured Slideshows:  —  Reporting  —  (CBS) JERSEY CITY A Jersey City woman made a shocking discovery on her lawn this morning when she noticed a military rocket launcher lying in the grass.
Hugh Hewitt /
The night Mitch McConnell became the leader of the Republican Party.  —  A remarkable thing happened in the United States Senate earlier this evening, and it occurred over a rather unremarkable piece of legislation that was being debated.  Conservatives, frustrated at the lack of a genuine leader …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
U.S. Will Allow Most Types of Lighters on Planes  —  Federal aviation authorities have decided to stop enforcing a two-year-old rule against taking cigarette lighters on airplanes, concluding that it was a waste of time to search for them before passengers boarded.
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
Murray Weiss / New York Post:
NBA IN A 'FIX'  —  FEDS PROBING REF IN MAFIA BET SCAM  —  THE FBI is investigating an NBA referee who allegedly was betting on basketball games - including ones he was officiating during the past two seasons - as part of an organized-crime probe in the Big Apple, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
CBS News:
Just 18 Months Left For Bush  —  President Enters Homestretch Of His 8 Years In Oval Office With Much Left To Do  —  (CBS) By CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller  —  A check of the calendar shows time swiftly running out for President Bush.  Eighteen months from today, a new president takes the oath of office.
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