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8:00 AM ET, July 21, 2007


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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 …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Rules Lay Out C.I.A.'s Tactics in Questioning  —  The White House said Friday that it had given the Central Intelligence Agency approval to resume its use of some severe interrogation methods for questioning terrorism suspects in secret prisons overseas.  —  With the new authority …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Reuters
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Court Tells U.S. to Reveal Data on Detainees at Guantánamo  —  A federal appeals court ordered the government yesterday to turn over virtually all its information on Guantánamo detainees who are challenging their detention, rejecting an effort by the Justice Department …
Matt Apuzzo / The Huffington Post:
Judges Seek All Gitmo Detainee Evidence  —  WASHINGTON — When Guantanamo Bay detainees challenge their status as "enemy combatants," judges must review all the evidence, not just what the military chooses, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Chief Justice Is Reinstated in Pakistan
Discussion: WorkingForChange
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.
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.
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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"How much sex education is age appropriate for a 5-year-old?
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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 …
KAL / Democracy in America:
Bald eagles  —  Our political cartoonist casts his eye towards the presidential campaign  —  A GROWING number of Republicans are hoping that Fred Thompson, a former senator and television actor, will throw his hat into the presidential ring.  Should he do so, he'd be wise to keep his head …
Discussion: Kiko's House
Joe Conason / Reuters:
Rudy and Romney: Artful dodgers  —  When the most belligerent Republicans start to beat the war drums, it's important to look at what they're trying to hide.  —  Left: Rudy Giuliani talks to students during a campaign stop in Henniker, N.H., on April 24, 2007.
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT': Ron Paul for President — Of the 'Wackos'?  —  NEW YORK A feature piece in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine on Republican candidate for president, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, portrays his followers as including a wild mix of "wackos" on both ends of the political spectrum.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Google Intends to Bid in Spectrum Auction If FCC Adopts Consumer Choice and Competition Requirements  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that should the Federal Communications Commission adopt a framework requiring greater competition and consumer choice, Google intends to participate …
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
Karol / Alarming News:
"Sometimes I can't believe it when I look up in the mirror"  —  All Russian female names end in "A".  My grandmother was Sarra, her sister Raya.  My other grandma was Antonina.  My mom is Nina.  Her sister is Gyala.  So, when people meet me and learn I was born in the Soviet Union they ask "so what is your Russian name?"
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 …
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 …
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
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Washington Post:
Reid Unmoved by Calls For Iraq Compromise
Discussion: Redstate
Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:
Romney backs interrogation, Patriot Act
Gateway Pundit:
PRESIDENT CHENEY... Pardon Scooter Libby!
Gore's son charged with marijuana possession
Discussion: Publius Pundit
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
An Example Of Google 'News'
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
 Earlier Items: 
JMG / Barcepundit:
THIS IS THE STATE of free speech in Spain.  A few weeks ago …
Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi to publish memoir
Heather Maher /
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
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Says Democrats Are Playing Politics on Iraq
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