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5:10 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.
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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
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 …
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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
CNN:
Cheney to be in charge during Bush colonoscopy
Discussion: The Washington Note
MEMRI:
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iraq Report Boils Down to Competing Time Demands  —  The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said yesterday that he needs at least until November to accurately assess results of the current increase in troop strength and operations, even as senators from both parties warned U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker that time is running out.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
"No Benchmarks", "Wait Till November"
Discussion: Balloon Juice and INSTAPUTZ
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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
Faiz / Think Progress:
Hannity: Sen. Vitter Should Resign  —  When Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) replaced former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) — who "abruptly resigned after disclosures of numerous affairs" in 1998 — he argued that an extramarital affair was grounds for resignation:
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?
Discussion: Boston Herald, MSNBC and Angry Bear
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
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools  —  MOSCOW — With two new manuals for high school history and social studies teachers, written in part by Kremlin political consultants, Russian authorities are attempting to imbue classroom debate with a nationalist outlook.
Discussion: The Agonist and Three Wise Men
 
 
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Heather Maher / v2.bigcontact.com:
In the Name of Democracy  —  In this two-part Iranian television …
Discussion: Redstate and The Corner
Kos / Daily Kos:
JetBlue caved
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Says Democrats Are Playing Politics on Iraq
Laura McGann / TPMmuckraker:
Penney Told Different Story At Sports Fishing Hearing
Ray Robison / American Thinker:
Who is TNR's mysterious author 'Scott Thomas'?
The Corner:
S-CHIP Headaches  —  The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and PSoTD
Think Progress:
Ed Koch 'bailing out' on support for war.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and Hullabaloo
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Searching for President DiMaggio
 Earlier Items: 
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
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror, Thanks Troops
CBS News:
Just 18 Months Left For Bush
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush Threatened To Veto Same Military Pay Raise That He Now Uses …
Discussion: The Gavel and Salon
Murray Weiss / New York Post:
NBA IN A 'FIX'  —  FEDS PROBING REF IN MAFIA BET SCAM
Debra Burlingame / NY Daily News:
Disarmed by the Dems  —  Congressional leaders fail …
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:
Senate Democrats foil attempt to bar 'Fairness Doctrine'