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2:50 AM ET, July 21, 2007

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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.
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Kos / Daily Kos:
JetBlue caved  —  Okay, so JetBlue, after deciding to resist Bill O'Reilly's pressure last night, just decided to back down.  Let them know what you think about that. … As for my part, I'm cancelling my JetBlue American Express card and will be looking at alternative options for my future travel.
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Bill O'Reilly / Fox News:
JetBlue changes strategy  —  Earlier this week we confronted JetBlue CEO Dave Barger about his airline sponsoring a conference held by the hate-filled Web site, the Daily Kos.  —  That far-left concern routinely posts vile thoughts such as Tony Snow should die from cancer, the pope is a primate, and Israel deserves to be attacked.
Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
NOTE TO READERS:  —  Several conservative blogs have raised questions about the Diarist "Shock Troops," written by a soldier in Iraq using the pseudonym Scott Thomas.  Whenever anybody levels serious accusations against a piece published in our magazine, we take those charges seriously.
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White House:
Executive Order: Interpretation of the Geneva Conventions Common Article 3 as Applied to a Program of Detention and Interrogation Operated by the Central Intelligence Agency  —  By the authority vested in me as President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces by the Constitution and the laws …
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New York Times:
A White House Warning on Contempt Charges  —  The Justice Department would be likely to block any efforts by Congressional Democrats to seek contempt charges against present and former White House officials for refusing to give information to Congress, a White House spokesman said Friday.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
As long as...
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Shays screams at Capitol Police officer  —  On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) got into a loud, angry dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at the security checkpoint inside the entrance of the West Side of the Capitol.  On Friday, Shays, a veteran lawmaker …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Romney targets Obama - with a twist  —  Promoting sex education for kindergarten students—kind of a sexy topic — was injected into the 2008 presidential race.  It conjures up visions of condoms and cupcakes passed around before the afternoon naptime.  Except that it is not true.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"How much sex education is age appropriate for a 5-year-old?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi to publish memoir  —  NEW YORK - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who this year became the first woman to hold the top spot in the House of Representatives, is writing a memoir, to be released in the summer of 2008 by the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group.
Guardian:
Harry Potter: the economics  —  Successful magical worlds depend on basic economic principles, and that's where JK Rowling's Harry Potter falls short.  —  Why are books about magic so exciting?  The lure is almost tautological: magic is compelling because it allows us to imagine doing the things we cannot ordinarily do.
Discussion: Unfogged and Greg Mankiw's Blog
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.
The Corner:
A Busy Saturday  —  Readers are really into Cheney being president for awhile.  Suggestions for Acting President Cheney include  —  Bomb Iran.  —  Commute the sentences of those border agents.  —  Fire Mike Chertoff.  —  Tell Harry Reid to ... well, you know...  Pardon Scooter.
Discussion: Shakesville
Greg Sargent / Talking Points Memo:
Being a New...  VIDEO SURFACES OF RUDY SCREAMING, "BULLSH#$T!"  —  Being a New Yorker, I'd remembered that during a cop union rally in 1992, Rudy had come unhinged and screamed, "Bulls#$t!"  —  For some time now I've been meaning to track video of this moment down.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Taylor Marsh
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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Says Democrats Are Playing Politics on Iraq  —  President Bush assailed Democrats anew about Iraq today, accusing them of choosing to indulge in a political debate over troop withdrawals rather than giving the troops what they need to carry out their mission.
Casey Ross / Boston Herald:
Romney aide's bogus badges: Sources detail 'illegal' security tactic  —  In an apparent violation of the law, a controversial 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 …
Media Matters for America:
Slacker Friday:  —  Hometown: Newton, MA.  —  Hey Doc —  "Mary Hill used to love to ride on the merry-go-round/All the guys got eager eyes watching Mary go 'round."  —  WWOZ Pick To Click — "Fish For Supper" (Hot Lips Page): Once again, I have forgotten to design an eight-mile circular work …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
 
 
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Google:
Google Intends to Bid in Spectrum Auction If FCC Adopts Consumer …
Karol / Alarming News:
"Sometimes I can't believe it when I look up in the mirror"
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Chief Justice Is Reinstated in Pakistan
Discussion: WorkingForChange
CNN:
Gore's son charged with marijuana possession
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
An Example Of Google 'News'
Discussion: Riehl World View
David Morgan / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE-Daily attacks in Iraq hit new high in June
Discussion: Eschaton
Sam Sedaei / The Huffington Post:
Moore Left Us Wanting More
Joe Conason / Reuters:
Rudy and Romney: Artful dodgers
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JMG / Barcepundit:
THIS IS THE STATE of free speech in Spain.  A few weeks ago …
Heather Maher / v2.bigcontact.com:
In the Name of Democracy  —  In this two-part Iranian television …
Discussion: Redstate and The Corner
Amanda / Think Progress:
Clinton, Kerry To Require Pentagon To Brief Congress On Redeployment Plans
Laura McGann / TPMmuckraker:
Penney Told Different Story At Sports Fishing Hearing
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools
Discussion: The Agonist and Three Wise Men
Think Progress:
Ed Koch 'bailing out' on support for war.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Big Brass Blog
CBS News:
Just 18 Months Left For Bush
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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