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12:50 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: TPMmuckraker and Balloon Juice
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Is It a Constitutional Crisis?  —  Does the Bush administration's …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Dean's World
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
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
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
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.
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'
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
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Transcript: The John McCain Interview  —  For those who have not had the opportunity to listen to the podcast of the John McCain interview yesterday, or for those who want to excerpt it for debate, the transcript is now ready at Heading Right.  Even in the transcript, one gets the sense …
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
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 …
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
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
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush Threatened To Veto Same Military Pay Raise That He Now Uses To Attack Anti-War Critics  —  In his Rose Garden address this morning, President Bush criticized the decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to pull the Defense Authorization bill from consideration …
Discussion: The Gavel
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Marc Santora / New York Times:
Giuliani Sees Progress Since Sept. 11, but Criticizes Bush's …
Discussion: MSNBC and The Heretik
Denmark secretly evacuates Iraqi aides from Basra
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Edwards, Trailing Rivals, Holds Sway Over Party's Agenda
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
IRAN: THE CONSPIRACY THAT WASN'T  —  EVER since its creation in 1979 …
Discussion: Power Line
A Cynical Saudi Solution
Discussion: The Belmont Club and TigerHawk
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: All the President's Enablers
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trouble With the Neighbors
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Olbermann: Go fight in Iraq, Mr. President