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1:20 PM ET, July 21, 2007

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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush bars CIA from using torture, but details remain cloudy  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush signed an executive order Friday barring the CIA from using torture, acts of violence and degrading treatment in the interrogation and detention of terrorism suspects, but human rights experts questioned its scope.
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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: Power Line, TalkLeft and Reuters
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Allowed to Resume Interrogations
Discussion: Ezra Klein and White House
Washington Post:
The Phony Debate  —  THE SENATE Democratic leadership spent the past week trying to prove that Congress is deeply divided over Iraq, with Democrats pressing and Republicans resisting a change of course.  In fact that's far from the truth.  A large majority of senators from both parties favor …
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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senate tied in knots by filibusters  —  WASHINGTON — This year Senate Republicans are threatening filibusters to block more legislation than ever before, a pattern that's rooted in — and could increase — the pettiness and dysfunction in Congress.  —  The trend has been evolving for 30 years.
Washington Post:
Reid Unmoved by Calls For Iraq Compromise
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
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Matt Apuzzo / The Huffington Post:
Judges Seek All Gitmo Detainee Evidence
Discussion: The Sideshow
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Chief Justice Is Reinstated in Pakistan
Discussion: WorkingForChange
Chris Weigant / The Huffington Post:
White House Declares Bush Emperor  —  George Bush's White House has leaked a story (anonymously, of course) to the Washington Post which is truly stunning, and which should concern any citizen who values checks and balances in American government.  They are asserting that Emperor Bush …
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Washington Post:
Fight Over Documents May Favor Bush, Experts Say  —  Contempt Charge Precedents Cited in Firings Case  —  The Bush administration's vow this week to block contempt charges from Congress could prove to be a successful strategy for protecting White House documents about the multiple firings of U.S. attorneys …
Discussion: The Corner and PoliPundit.com
New York Times:
A White House Warning on Contempt Charges
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and MyDD
Online NewsHour:
Senate Debates Iraq Withdrawal; Report Shows Al-Qaida Regrouping  —  As the Senate debated different proposals for redeploying troops from Iraq, the National Intelligence Estimate revealed that al-Qaida is regrouping despite the war on terrorism.  Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's events.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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Faiz / Think Progress:
David Brooks: 'I'm so confused' about what to do in Iraq.  —  Fresh off his hero worship of President Bush, New York Times columnist David Brooks said last night on the PBS Newshour that he's more confused than ever about Iraq.  "Let me say, I'm more uncertain about what to do than I've ever been in this war," he said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
The Pentagon Gets a Lesson From Madison Avenue  —  U.S. Needs to Devise a Different 'Brand' to Win Over the Iraqi People, Study Advises  —  In the advertising world, brand identity is everything.  Volvo means safety.  Colgate means clean.  IPod means cool.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Pentagon Insults Hillary Clinton  —  BIG MISTAKE.  —  The extraordinary exchange of letters between Sen. Hillary Clinton and the undersecretary of defense for policy may turn out to be a signal event in the congressional debate over the Iraq war—and possibly in the 2008 presidential election.
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Breaking: Gates Distances Himself From Edelman's Attack On Hillary Clinton
CNN:
Doctors remove polyps from Bush's colon  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush on Saturday reclaimed his presidential power from Vice President Dick Cheney after undergoing a routine colonoscopy, a White House spokesman said.  —  Five polyps were found in the examination, spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
Discussion: Wonkette
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
They Don't Really Support the Troops  —  The latest from the New Republic and the Nation.  —  Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, emerged on the American political scene two years ago.  Distraught and unstable, she was shamelessly exploited by opponents of George W. Bush …
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?"
Discussion: QandO
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.
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Cliff Schecter:
Once You Join The GOP, You Can Never Leave The Family
Discussion: Corrente and rubber hose
Melanie Phillips / Melanie Phillips's Articles:
The protocols of the BBC  —  Jewish Chronicle, 20 July 2007
Susan Crawford blog:
Key move  —  Here's a letter from Google that you should read.
Noor Khan / Associated Press:
Taliban claims to kill German hostages
Norm / normblog:
The normblog profile 200: Norman Geras
Joe Conason / Reuters:
Rudy and Romney: Artful dodgers
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT': Ron Paul for President — Of the 'Wackos'?
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Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:
Romney backs interrogation, Patriot Act
Google:
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Media Matters for America:
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Guardian:
Harry Potter: the economics
Casey Ross / Boston Herald:
Romney aide's bogus badges: Sources detail 'illegal' security tactic
Greg Sargent / Talking Points Memo:
Being a New...  VIDEO SURFACES OF RUDY SCREAMING, "BULLSH#$T!"
David Morgan / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE-Daily attacks in Iraq hit new high in June