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12:20 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 …
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Is It a Constitutional Crisis?  —  Does the Bush administration's …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Dean's World
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 …
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Olbermann: Go fight in Iraq, 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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Pentagon lobs gift, not grenade, at Hillary
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Iraq Report Boils Down to Competing Time Demands
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
"No Benchmarks", "Wait Till November"
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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  —  In an apparent violation of the law, a controverisal aide to ex-Gov. Mitt Romney created phony law enforcement badges that he and other staffers used on the campaign trail to strong-arm reporters, avoid paying tolls …
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 …
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.
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards, Trailing Rivals, Holds Sway Over Party's Agenda  —  NEW ORLEANS — John Edwards may be stuck in third place in the polls and fund raising in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  But the populist seems to be playing an outsized role in driving the terms of the party's debate …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Breakdown in Relations in the Senate Hobbles Its Ability to Get Things Done  —  Arlen Specter is a senior United States senator who expects to be allowed his say on the Senate floor.  So he bristled when Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, brusquely cut him off at the end of the Iraq debate.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Prairie Weather
Hugh Hewitt /
The night Mitch McConnell became the leader of the Republican Party.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Democracy Project and Redstate
Kara Rowland / Washington Times:   Senate Democrats foil attempt to bar 'Fairness Doctrine'
Sex Ed for Kindergartners?  Romney-Obama Debate Heats Up  —  Romney Asks, 'How Much Sex Education Is Age Appropriate for a 5-Year-Old?'  —  For the second day in a row, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney blasted Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: KnoxViews, Shakesville and Boston Globe
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
Debra Burlingame / NY Daily News:
Disarmed by the Dems  —  Congressional leaders fail to protect terror tipsters from insane lawsuits  —  Be Our Guest  —  He's your son, riding a commuter train to work.  Your daughter, taking the subway to go shopping downtown.  Your grandparent, boarding an airplane at JFK en route to a family reunion.
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
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
ABC News' Graphic Look at Iraq War
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Flying Imams, CAIR and Democrats Defeat Common Sense National Security
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Giuliani Sees Progress Since Sept. 11, but Criticizes Bush's …
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Denmark secretly evacuates Iraqi aides from Basra
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
IRAN: THE CONSPIRACY THAT WASN'T  —  EVER since its creation in 1979 …
Discussion: Power Line
A Cynical Saudi Solution
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: All the President's Enablers
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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