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3:35 PM ET, July 21, 2007


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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 …
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:
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 …
Chris Weigant / The Huffington Post:
White House Declares Bush Emperor
Discussion: Burnt Orange Report
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Rules Lay Out C.I.A.'s Tactics in Questioning
Discussion: Power Line, TalkLeft and Reuters
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 …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Bloggers Raise Red Flags Over New Republic's 'Baghdad Diarist'  —  The column in the New Republic, described as being penned by a U.S. soldier in Iraq, is filled with tales of petty, stomach-churning behavior.  —  The "Baghdad Diarist," writing under the pseudonym Scott Thomas, says he was …
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Aside from the tragedy of the war itself, one of the more disconcerting elements of the ongoing political debate is just how little progress we've seen in nearly five years.  Vapid arguments that were absurd in 2003 are still used routinely.  Offensive talking points that were discredited …
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
Discussion: The Sideshow
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Breaking: Gates Distances Himself From Edelman's Attack On Hillary Clinton  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates is distancing himself from an under secretary's assertion that Senator Hillary Clinton's public questions about Pentagon troop withdrawal plans are aiding the enemy.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Gates Steps In to Defuse Clinton-Pentagon Dispute
Discussion: Think Progress
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
On Why So Few Bloggers Have Endorsed In 2008  — Part One: New Establishment Rising: The End Of The Flat Blogosphere  — Part Two: New Establishment Rising: Why So Few Bloggers Have Endorsed in 2008  —  Taking a quick look at The Liberal Blog Advertising Network …
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.
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
Faiz / Think Progress:
David Brooks: 'I'm so confused' about what to do in Iraq.
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 …
Nigel Bunyan / Telegraph:
Binman's St George bandana 'is racist'  —  A black dustman has been banned from wearing a St George's Cross bandana because council officials say it could be regarded as racist.  —  Matthew Carter, 35, who was born in Barbados, used the headgear to keep his dreadlocks out of the way while he was on his rounds in Burnley, Lancs.
Discussion: Harry's Place
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
The 9/11 Generation  —  Better than the Boomers.  —  In the 1960s, history called the Baby Boomers.  They didn't answer the phone.  —  Confronted with a generation-defining conflict, the cold war, the Boomers—those, at any rate, who came to be emblematic of their generation …
Discussion: Power Line and Op For
Faiz / Think Progress:
Sen. Sununu: I Don't Want President Bush To Campaign With Me  —  The New York Times writes this morning that conservatives are trying to walk a fine line between supporting and distancing themselves from President Bush: … One of those conservative trying to strike this delicate balance is Sen. John Sununu (R-NH).
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
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
TPM thinks it's found a video of Giuliani "screaming" "bullsh*t!"
Mitt Catches S**t Over Hillary-Bashing Sign
Associated Press:
Bush: Fight against extremists must go on
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
C&L's Late Nite Music Club with the Dave Matthews Band
Weekly Standard:
More on "Scott Thomas"'s Mysterious Flat Tire
Discussion: The Corner
Jules Crittenden:
Pelosi Pageturner  —  In the offing.  Seems a little early for that.
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Federal minimum wage rising this week
Discussion: Three Wise Men
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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.
Joe Conason / Reuters:
Rudy and Romney: Artful dodgers
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Editor and Publisher:
'NYT': Ron Paul for President — Of the 'Wackos'?
Amy Lorentzen / Associated Press:
Romney backs interrogation, Patriot Act
Karol / Alarming News:
"Sometimes I can't believe it when I look up in the mirror"
Discussion: QandO
Harry Potter: the economics