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11:05 PM ET, July 24, 2007


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Washington Post:
Gonzales Denies Pressuring Ashcroft  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today defended a dramatic nighttime visit to the hospital bed of his predecessor, John D. Ashcroft, in March 2004, saying that he had no intention of taking advantage of Ashcroft while he was recovering from surgery.
Andrew Cohen / Bench Conference:
Gonzo on the Hill: A Comedic Tragedy  —  Forget about the politicization of the Justice Department.  Forget about the falling morale there.  Forget about the rise in violent crime in some of our biggest cities.  Forget about the events leading up to the U.S. Attorney scandal and the way he has handled the prosecutor purge since.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Daschle: Gonzales Trying to "Rewrite History" …
Discussion: Daily Kos and New Pairodimes
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Depends On What The Definition Of Program Is
Discussion: Firedoglake and Norwegianity
Vinokourov fails Tour doping test
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales: I Only Visited Ashcroft's Hospital Bed Because Congress Wanted It
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Raw Story:
Discussion: At-Largely
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Gonzales Memo Widened Cheney's Office Access to DoJ Case Info
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Pelosi: I Objected to Spying When Comey Did
Discussion: Think Progress
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Clinton: Obama 'Irresponsible and Naive'  —  Democratic Front-Runners Tangle After Monday Night's Debate  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said today that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, her chief rival for the Democratic nomination, made comments that were "irresponsible and frankly naive" …
Ed Tibbetts / Quad City Times:
Clinton takes Obama to task over statements  —  TODAY: (Updated 12:25 p.m.) Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton today called rival Barack Obama's statement that he would meet with the leaders of several countries antagonistic to the United States "irresponsible" and "naive."
Berny Morson / Rocky Mountain News:
CU regents fire Ward Churchill  —  BOULDER — The University of Colorado's Board of Regents today fired professor Ward Churchill, 2 1/2 years after his comments about the victims of the 9/11 attacks sparked a firestorm.  —  The regents, in an 8-1 vote, said Churchill committed academic misconduct.
Jeffrey Wolf / KUSA-TV:
Regents vote to fire Churchill  —  and Nicole Vap , Executive Producer Investigative  —  BOULDER - The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to terminate controversial professor Ward Churchill on Tuesday evening.  —  The Board of Regents passed a motion to accept the recommendation …
Jgm / The Drunkablog:
Regents Meet, Part 1
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Kesher Talk
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Collamore out as Thompson manager  —  Tom Collamore, the former Altria lobbyist who had been running Fred Thompson's campaign, has resigned and will be replaced by Randy Enwright.  Enwright is a Florida political hand with ties to former Gov. Jeb Bush.  Also coming on board in a leadership capacity …
The Politico:   F. Thompson shakes up pre-launch campaign
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Thompson Shakes Up Staff
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and MSNBC
Michael J. Totten:
In the Wake of the Surge  —  BAGHDAD - 82nd Airborne's Lieutenant William H. Lord from Foxborough, Massachusetts, prepared his company for a dismounted foot patrol in the Graya'at neighborhood of Northern Baghdad's predominantly Sunni Arab district of Adhamiyah.
Topless Protest by Breasts Not Bombs and Code Pink at Hillary Clinton Campaign Launch Party  —  The Hillary Clinton for President Campaign celebrated the opening of its new San Francisco headquarters with a launch party that coincided with the Democratic presidential debate on July 23, 2007.
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Outsourcing the Picket Line  —  Carpenters Union Hires Homeless to Stage Protests  —  The picketers marching in a circle in front of a downtown Washington office building chanting about low wages do not seem fully focused on their message.  —  Many have arrived with large suitcases …
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Bush Insists Al Qaeda in Iraq Threatens U.S.  —  President George W. Bush argued forcefully today that an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq is linked tightly to the central Al Qaeda leadership, and that for American forces to leave Iraq without defeating the terror group would be "dangerous for the world and disastrous for America."
The Trail:
Poll: GOP Likes Giuliani's Electability  —  With many Republicans increasingly pessimistic about holding the White House in 2008, electability has become former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's most appealing attribute.  —  A new Washington Post-ABC News poll of the Republican field shows Giuliani …
Kim Ode / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Continued: Michele Bachmann: Watching her step  —  The chamber visitors are a friendly crowd, but the reality of a broadened constituency grows clear in a discussion about the proposed Northstar commuter rail line.  During the campaign, Bachmann was cool to the idea, so distant from Stillwater.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Annette Haddad / Los Angeles Times:
Countrywide feels pain of ailing mortgage market
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GOP picks a villain: Harry Reid
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Scott Brooks / New Hampshire Union Leader:
GOP fundraiser to feature machine gun shoot
Discussion: On Deadline
Robert Dreyfuss / The Huffington Post:
Another Cheney-Linked Hawk Down
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Dems crush GOP in money game