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7:45 PM ET, July 24, 2007


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David Stout / New York Times:
Gonzales Denies Any Attempt to Pressure Ashcroft  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales denied today that he tried as White House counsel in March 2004 to influence then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was hospitalized and semi-alert after undergoing gall bladder surgery.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Depends On What The Definition Of Program Is  —  I was only half awake this morning when I read Christy Hardin Smith's liveblogging of the latest atrocious Gonzales testimony, so I couldn't be sure that he was actually still lying about the Ashcroft hospital visit.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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.
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
Faiz / Think Progress:   Schumer Rips Gonzales Over Contradictory Responses On Spying Program
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."
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" …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, QandO and Liberal Values
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Corner
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida: Giuliani 22% Thompson 21%
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Thompson Shakes Up Staff
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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.
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
GOP senators to chide Reid  —  Senate Republicans are preparing to take aim at Majority Leader Harry Reid over the August recess for being "all talk but no action" and helping drag the Democrat-led Congress' approval rating to a historic low, according to a document distributed to caucus members.
Discussion: MyDD and MSNBC
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."
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
New York Times:
Spitzer Aides Cited for Use of Police to Tarnish Bruno  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer's aides, including one of his closest advisers, improperly used the State Police to gather information about the governor's chief rival, Joseph L. Bruno, the State Senate majority leader, in an effort to plant …
Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah / Washington Post:
Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah  —  Lebanese Cleric  —  Considered the leading Shi'ite Muslim Intellectual in Lebanon, Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah is a controversial figure known primarily for his support of the armed Shi'ite resistance movement, Hezbollah and for his uncompromising stance against the State of Israel.
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 Earlier Items: 
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GOP fundraiser to feature machine gun shoot
Discussion: On Deadline
Pajamas Media:
Mitt Romney: Supporting the Surge and Committed to Victory
Robert Dreyfuss / The Huffington Post:
Another Cheney-Linked Hawk Down
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Dems crush GOP in money game
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Further politicization of the U.S. military's public statements
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