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1:20 AM ET, July 24, 2007


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: The CNN YouTube freak show debate; Update: Private jet show of hands video added; Update: Biden tells gun owner he "needs help"; Update: I'll meet with Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, says Obama  —  7 p.m. ET.  God help me, this one might actually be worth watching.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the Democratic debate.  —  1. Just waiting for this thing to kick off.  I'll add to this post, numbering the paragraphs as I go.  —  2. Intro, from some YouTube clip.  Richardson looks terrified.  Clinton, resolute.  But now, it's Anderson Cooper, in the flesh.
Discussion: and Sister Toldjah
CNN/You Tube debate transcript: Who said what  —  CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) — The eight candidates vying to be the Democrat nominee for president in the 2008 elections answered questions submitted by CNN and YouTube users in a debate Tuesday night.  Here is a full transcript of the event:
New York Times:
Novel Debate Format, but the Same Old Candidates
Matthew Felling / CBS News:
CNN's Hype Machine Goes Overboard
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democratic Debate: A Wrap Up
Discussion: MSNBC
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama court colleagues
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Video kills the old-media stars
Washington Post:
Poll Finds Democrats Favored On War  —  But Bush, Congress Both Get Low Ratings on Iraq  —  Most Americans see President Bush as intransigent on Iraq and prefer that the Democratic-controlled Congress make decisions about a possible withdrawal of U.S. forces, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Megan Thee / New York Times:
Poll: U.S. Support for Iraq Invasion Inches Up  —  American support for the initial invasion of Iraq has risen somewhat as the White House has continued to ask the public to reserve judgment about the war until General David Petraeus files his report in the fall.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
House Panel Nears A Legal Clash With Bush Over Firings  —  Gonzales to Tell Senators He Will Not Quit  —  The House Judiciary Committee announced yesterday that it will press toward a constitutional showdown with the Bush administration over the U.S. attorney firings scandal …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:   Bush aides face contempt vote Wednesday
Jerid / Buckeye State Blog:
Romney on 9/11: "Lighten Up"  —  UPDATE: I'm available for comment on my experience with Romney at  —  I got up late; it was a Tuesday in Cleveland and I only had early morning swim practice MWF's.  Showering, I heard Steve, another guy on the third floor of the "Tyler" dorm yell from his room, "holy s**t!"
Natasha T. Metzler / Associated Press:
Sheehan Arrested in Impeachment Protest  —  WASHINGTON — Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Monday at the Capitol for disorderly conduct, shortly after saying she would run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the California Democrat's refusal to try to impeach President Bush.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Doubts Raised on Magazine's 'Baghdad Diarist'  —  Just who is the "Baghdad Diarist"?  —  It is a question that many people are asking The New Republic, the Washington political magazine that has been running articles attributed to an American soldier in Baghdad.
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
(Updated) More From FOB Falcon
Jason /
VIDEO: CNN/YouTube Debate  —  YouTube Debate: Most Watched Question  —  YouTube Debate: Will You be different?  —  YouTube Debate: Do you consider yourself a liberal?  —  YouTube Debate: Kucinich as President?  —  YouTube Debate: Who would your Republican runningmate be?
Kos / Daily Kos:
"With us or against us"  —  There has lately been an alarming rise in diaries and comments that seek to impugn (without evidence) the motives of those they disagree with on various issues.  —  Yes, there's the impeachment stuff, but this nasty rhetoric is also rampant in the primary war diaries.
Joe / Cold Fury:
Christiana Hendrix, 1974-2007  —  Mike's wife Christiana was killed Friday afternoon while riding her Sportster.  Mike was on his own bike and wasn't injured.  Stunned and heartbroken doesn't begin to cover this.  Words always feel so useless and empty when someone you love dies …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Seen in Iraq Until at Least '09  —  While Washington is mired in political debate over the future of Iraq, the American command here has prepared a detailed plan that foresees a significant American role for the next two years.  —  The classified plan, which represents the coordinated strategy …
Discussion: Hot Air and Attytood
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
The Dems, the 'John Does' and the blogosphere  —  Public pressure is mounting on Capitol Hill Democrats to include the "John Doe" provision into a written conference report of the final 911 Commission bill.  —  The provision would protect the public for reporting suspicious behavior …
Richard McIntire / Zogby:
Report Card on Prejudice in America  —  New Zogby/GSN Survey Reveals That:  — A Racist Lives Next Door - Most Americans believe they don't make decisions based on race...but think their neighbors do  —  They also think most Americans believe:  —  Most Americans believe …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
A teacher with faith and reason  —  DID YOU hear about the religious fundamentalist who wanted to teach physics at Cambridge University?  This would-be instructor wasn't simply a Christian; he was so preoccupied with biblical prophecy that he wrote a book titled "Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John."
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Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
Iraq Report: Taji Tribes Turn on Mahdi Army and al Qaeda
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Spitzer's Staff Misused Police, Report Finds
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Majikthise
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Congrats, CNN  —  I'd say it was a big success as a concept …
AWhitneyBrown / Daily Kos:
I Support The Troops
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
YouTube Democratic Debate: Clergyman Asks Why Edwards Uses His Faith …
The Corner:
re: Turkey Chute
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The Republican (Not So) Short List
 Earlier Items: 
Atrios / Eschaton:
Pathetic Bunch of Pygmies
David Cole / Salon:
Bush's torture ban is full of loopholes
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FILIBUSTERS....This chart got a lot of links over the weekend, and for good reason.
You be the political analyst  —  The CNN/YouTube presidential debate is all about you.
John Washburn / The BRAD BLOG:
EXCLUSIVE: Milwaukee Election Records Indicate Apparent Forgery …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Reid's Anti-Reform Maneuvers