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11:15 PM ET, July 21, 2007


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David Espo / Yahoo! News:
Analysis: GOP senators nervous about war  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are growing increasingly nervous defending the war in Iraq, and Democrats more confident in their attempts to end it.  —  More than a year before the 2008 elections, it is a political role reversal that bodes ill …
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.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
McClatchy: Senate Republicans On Track For Record Setting Obstruction  —  Via McClatchy Washington Bureau: … Remember the Nuclear Option?  Here's Bill Frist from November, 2004 regarding the Democrats and Bush's judicial nominees: … The Republicans clamored for an up or down vote on these judges and the Democrats caved.
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:   Aside from the tragedy of the war itself, one of the more …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
FOB Falcon Responds  —  Via Matt Sanchez, we've recieved this statement from Major Kirk Luedeke, the Public Affairs Officer at FOB Falcon, the base where "Scott Thomas" claims that he and his buddies ridiculed a woman who was badly disfigured by an IED blast (no one has yet come forward …
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and Riehl World View
Frank Askin / Washington Post:
Congress's Power To Compel  —  It seems that the House Judiciary Committee is considering seeking help from the Justice Department to enforce contempt citations against Bush administration officials such as Joshua Bolten who refuse to respond to congressional inquiries into alleged White House wrongdoing.
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 …
John Deeth / Iowa Independent:
Rudy Giuliani: Asked About HIV, He Answers With 9/11  —  Rudy Giuliani gets Iowa punctuality.  In fact, he may be the first presidential candidate in years to show up early at a caucus campaign stop.  Razzed by the Des Moines Register for running late in his last Iowa trip …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Angry Bear
Jan Crawford / Legalities:
The Sky's Still Up There  —  Kathleen Sullivan, the former dean of Stanford Law School (who would be on any Democratic president's shortlist for the Supreme Court), said the other day that conservatives should be "dancing in the streets" at the end of the first full term of the Roberts Court.
Mitt Catches S**t Over Hillary-Bashing Sign  —  Not everyone is a fan of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but comparing them to one of the most dastardly pieces of human excrement of all time — that might be bit much.  Especially for a presidential candidate.
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Public vs Private Face of Omar Bakri Mohammed: "Peace" vs. "Hooray al Qaeda!"  —  This IHT report, also published in the New York Times, portrays Omar Bakri Mohammed as a man who has moderated his views and who is trying to promote peace between the Lebanese government and the al Qaeda linked …
Hassan M. Fattah / International Herald Tribune:   Muslim radical shows moderation, or at least tact
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Personal Thoughts On Why I Haven't Have Endorsed In 2008  —  Note: I am retracting much of the original post.  What remains can be found in the extended entry and has been placed in a purely personal context.  I apologize if my tone or assertions offended anyone, especially since I now agree that those assertions were incorrect.
Noel Sheppard /
'24' Star Sutherland: 'Global Warming Is A Crime For Which We Are All Guilty!'  —  Remember all that media chatter in January about the hit TV series "24" being conservative?  —  Well, likely to the applause of Jack Bauer's green fans, the producers announced the following Saturday (emphasis added, h/t NBer amber):
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Ian Schwartz
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush issues orders on interrogations  —  Tells CIA which techniques OK in terror cases  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush yesterday issued public orders to the CIA outlining what kinds of interrogation techniques it can use against suspected terrorists, opening a new chapter in the long-running debate …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Allowed to Resume Interrogations
Discussion: Ezra Klein and White House
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Associated Press:
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Weekly Standard:
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Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
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Melanie Phillips / Melanie Phillips's Articles:
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Susan Crawford blog:
Key move  —  Here's a letter from Google that you should read.
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Breaking: Gates Distances Himself From Edelman's Attack On Hillary Clinton
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Discussion: Wonkette and bustardblog
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
The Pentagon Gets a Lesson From Madison Avenue
Matt Apuzzo / The Huffington Post:
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