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11:10 AM ET, July 24, 2007


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Part I: CNN/YouTube Democratic presidential debate transcript  —  This is part one of the transcript for the CNN/YouTube presidential debates.  To see the transcript of part two click here.  —  CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) — The eight candidates vying to be the Democrat nominee …
Washington Post:
Public Voice Adds Edge to Debate  —  Democrats Face Questions from Internet Users in Unorthodox Format  —  Democratic presidential candidates shared the spotlight Monday night with ordinary citizens from around the country in a two-hour debate that featured sharp and sometimes witty video questions …
Part II: CNN/YouTube Democratic presidential debate transcript
Discussion: Althouse and Captain's Quarters
Michael Scherer / Salon:
What you missed while watching "Ask a Ninja"
Discussion: BartBlog and Prairie Weather
Channel '08:
'Sorely Disappointed'  —  I am sorely disappointed.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Is 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 …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
U.S. sets 2008 goal for Iraq security  —  BAGHDAD - A revised U.S. military plan envisions establishing security at the local level in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq by summer 2008, leading one year later to security conditions nationwide that Iraqi forces are capable of sustaining, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: First Draft
Blogcritics Comments:
Comment by DRew on Should the DailyKos be Subject to the Federal Election Commission?  —  What a tool.  Where on the Kos website does it say its main objective is to elect Democrats.  Its a political website for Progressives and liberals who of course will want to elect Democrats for the most part.
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Dangerous Attack on Free Speech  —  The proprietor of this blog claims that he has filed an FEC complaint against Daily Kos.  Supposedly, this won't fly, based on earlier FEC rulings, but this is nonetheless an outrage against the First Amendment that every conservative should fight vigorously.
Discussion: Redstate and Sister Toldjah
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Diplomats Received Political Briefings  —  White House aides have conducted at least half a dozen political briefings for the Bush administration's top diplomats, including a PowerPoint presentation for ambassadors with senior adviser Karl Rove that named Democratic incumbents targeted …
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
David Brooks Sets Record for Most Economic Errors in An Oped Column!  —  It looks like David Brooks is training for an Olympic event, he can really stuff a great volume of misinformation into a 750 word oped.  —  Let's see what we've got:  —  1) Brooks says "after a lag, average wages are rising sharply.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Opinion Journal:
Cheese Headcases  —  Wisconsin reveals the cost of "universal" health care.  —  When Louis Brandeis praised the 50 states as "laboratories of democracy," he didn't claim that every policy experiment would work.  So we hope the eyes of America will turn to Wisconsin, and the effort …
Mike Tobin / Plain Dealer:
DEA cases in question after informant said he lied  —  Informant who admits he lied jeopardizes convictions, lawyers say  —  The decision by U.S. Attorney Greg White to release a woman from prison and drop charges against two men could be the tip of the iceberg in a federal perjury investigation.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Tax Break Used by Drug Makers Failed to Add Jobs  —  Two years ago, when companies received a big tax break to bring home their offshore profits, the president and Congress justified it as a one-time tax amnesty that would create American jobs.  —  Drug makers were the biggest beneficiaries …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Not the Retiring Kind  —  As a retiree, Cindy Sheehan was the Michael Jordan of the peace movement.  —  "I am going to take whatever I have left and go home," she announced in her May 29 "resignation letter" as antiwar activist.  "Good-bye America."  —  The retirement — and Sheehan's attempt to …
Discussion: Redstate and Brendan Nyhan
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Storm brewing over auto-milage standards  —  Republican Reps. Joe Barton of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan, two senior members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, along with former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), huddled with committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) …
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  Press Briefing Slide (PDF, 1.5 mb, 1 page)  —  MR. SNOW: Good afternoon.  First we'll begin with an announcement about the President's health.  Microscopic evaluations of the polyps discovered and removed during the President's colonoscopy confirmed the preliminary diagnosis, tubular adenoma.
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Al Webb / Washington Times:
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Discussion: Think Progress
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
New U.S. Embassy rises in Iraq
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Discussion: Cliff Schecter
New York Times:
Spitzer Aides Cited for Use of Police to Tarnish Bruno
Discussion: New York Post and Redstate
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
House Passes Ban On Campaign Pay Going to Spouses
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
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Boston Globe:
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