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12:10 PM ET, July 25, 2007


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Elana Schor / The Hill:
Sens. say Gonzales lied  —  The Senate veered closer to a contempt finding against the White House on Tuesday after an acrimonious appearance by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, with the Judiciary Committee's senior Republican offering options for taking the Bush administration to court.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Report Suggests Laws Broken in Attorney Firings  —  House Democrats, preparing for a vote today on contempt citations against President Bush's chief of staff and former counsel, produced a report yesterday that for the first time alleges specific ways that several administration officials …
Matt / Think Progress:
Rep. Harman: White House Never Sought Approval For 'Other Intelligence Activities'  —  In his testimony yesterday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales claimed that when James Comey raised objections to the administration's spying program, he was referring to "other intelligence activities," …
Discussion: Salon and State of the Day
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   HJC Contempt Hearing, Part I
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Doesn't This Man Need To Spend More Time With His Family?
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Terror Whistleblower Aid Advances on Capitol Hill  —  WASHINGTON — A provision aimed at providing whistleblower protection to Americans who report suspicious activity has advanced on Capitol Hill despite opposition from some Democrats, as top Republicans announced an agreement last night.
Discussion: Day In, Day Out and Wizbang
Fox News:
Sept. 11 Security Bill to Include Protections for Citizens Who Report Suspicious Activity  —  WASHINGTON — After nearly a week of intense, behind-the-scenes wrangling, congressional negotiators late Tuesday agreed to include in the pending Sept. 11 security bill sweeping liability protections …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Disfavor for Bush Hits Rare Heights  —  In Modern Era, Only Nixon Scored Worse, And Only Truman Was Down for So Long  —  President Bush is a competitive guy.  But this is one contest he would rather lose.  With 18 months left in office, he is in the running for most unpopular president in the history of modern polling.
Associated Press:
Taliban Allegedly Kill One South Korean Hostage Killed, Others Freed  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban militants claimed they shot and killed one South Korean hostage on Wednesday while a group of abductees was freed and taken to a U.S. military base, officials said.
Associated Press:
Bullet-riddled body of S. Korean found
Few Muslims 'back suicide bombs'  —  Support for suicide bombings against civilians has fallen sharply across the Muslim world since 2002, a major survey has suggested.  —  However, 70% of Palestinians interviewed said they believed such attacks were sometimes justifiable.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pew poll: Support for suicide bombings drops throughout Muslim world
Discussion: The BIDINOTTO BLOG
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Specter to probe Supreme Court decisions  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) plans to review the Senate testimony of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel J. Alito to determine if their reversal of several long-standing opinions conflicts with promises they made to senators to win confirmation.
Discussion: Macsmind, rubber hose and ACSBlog
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How Fresh Is Your Cable News?  Check the Label  —  This just in!  There's no more news on TV, at least not on the cable news networks.  Plain old news apparently just isn't good enough anymore, so TV news stories have been getting new and improved names.  —  President Bush's latest news conference?
Discussion: CBS News and Attytood
New York Times:
Bush and Iraqi: Frequent Talks, Limited Results  —  Once every two weeks, sometimes more often, President Bush gathers with the vice president and the national security adviser in the newly refurbished White House Situation Room and peers, electronically, into the eyes of the man to whom …
Jim Nichols / Cleveland Metro News:
Michigan Young Republican pleads guilty in sex case  —  The former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans admitted today that he sexually abused a colleague during a national convention here last summer.  —  Michael Flory, a 32-year-old attorney from Jackson, Mich. …
UPDATED: Fire And Explosions Rock Central Dallas  —  (CBS 11 News) DALLAS Several explosions and a large fire rocked an industrial company near downtown Dallas Wednesday morning.  —  The business, Southwest Industrial Gases, Inc., is a welding supply company.  It went up in flames at about 9:30 a.m.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Agence France Presse:
On patrol with Iran's fashion police  —  It all starts with one simple sentence, spoken almost in a whisper, but which has a thunderous effect.  —  A female police officer deployed in Tehran's latest moral crackdown tells a woman that her manto (overcoat) is too short and infringes Iranian Islamic dress rules.
Discussion: QandO and The Jawa Report
The Hill:
1. Tall, dark and handsome  —  Political party: Democrat.  —  Dating status: Married to wife, Beth.  —  Women of all ages and political persuasions swoon when Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) comes near.  During a recent elevator ride in the Rayburn House Office Building …
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
Joanna Weiss / Boston Globe:
YouTube debate garners mixed bag  —  Viewership down but more young voters watched  —  Monday's debate gave YouTube users a chance to post video questions and have them answered by the candidates.  CNN said 407,000 viewers in the 18-to-34 demographic watched the debate.  (CNN via Associated Press)
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Dana Bash / CNN:
War foes plan new way to pressure Bush
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Conservatives call for Bush to emphasize 'leaving Iraq'
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Barnes / John Barnes' Amazon Blog:
The Scott Thomas affair at New Republic — maybe a different take
Discussion: and BLACKFIVE
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Giuliani, the federalist candidate
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and MSNBC
Stephen Beale / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Turn the dial, rate the Dems
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Service Civilians and the Wounds of War
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Web of Prez intrigue as Bloomberg launches mike2008 site
Discussion: MSNBC
New York Times:
No Exit Strategy  —  The American people have only one question left …
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Emanuel sees immigration shelved until second term
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Lender Sees Mortgage Woes for 'Good' Risks
New York Times:
President Links Qaeda of Iraq to Qaeda of 9/11
Associated Press:
TSA: Terrorists may try 'dry runs'
Zeyad Kasim / IraqSlogger:
Patterns of Sectarian Violence in Baghdad
Brit Hume / Fox News:
How One Journalist Defines a 'Staunch Republican'
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Billo Scolds Democrats For Planning To Attend YearlyKos