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1:45 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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
House Judiciary Committee approves contempt resolution against Bolten and Miers  —  The House Judiciary Committee, in a straight party-line vote, approved a contempt resolution against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, setting …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
House Committee Approves Contempt Citation  —  As expected the House Judiciary Committee approved citations of contempt against Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten in a vote just a few minutes ago.  The vote was along party lines, 22-17.  We'll have more from the committee's meeting shortly.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
James Rowley / Bloomberg:
House Panel Cites Bush Aides for Contempt of Congress  —  A House panel cited President George W. Bush's chief of staff and former counsel for contempt of Congress over their refusal to cooperate with its investigation of the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys.
Discussion: MyDD
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   HJC Contempt Hearing, Part I
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 …
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," …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What were the pre-2005 "other intelligence activities"?
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
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.
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?
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.
Associated Press:
TSA Warns Airport Security About Terror Dry Runs  —  WASHINGTON — Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September.
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. …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Conservatives call for Bush to emphasize 'leaving Iraq'  —  Some conservative activist leaders, fearing voter anger with the Iraq war, want President Bush and GOP leaders to begin emphasizing that U.S. troops will be "leaving Iraq" to give Republicans cover as they head into a tough political landscape in 2008.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Balloon Juice
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 …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Bill O'Reilly's Web site threatens Hillary's life  —  FOX News' Bill O'Reilly has been attacking the liberal blog Daily Kos, and liberal blogs in general, over some extreme comments left by some of our visitors.  It's interesting therefore that O'Reilly's own Web site contains some of the most hideous hate you've ever seen.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
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San Francisco Chronicle:
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Elana Schor / The Hill:
Democratic ethics strategy on track, despite wary watchdogs
Discussion: Bluey Blog
Amir Oren / Haaretz:
Free Assad  —  The head of American intelligence, Admiral …
PM confirms intention to negotiate with Abbas on formation of Palestinian state
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Thompson gains among social conservatives
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Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Web of Prez intrigue as Bloomberg launches mike2008 site
Discussion: MSNBC
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Emanuel sees immigration shelved until second term
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Agence France Presse:
On patrol with Iran's fashion police
Discussion: QandO and The Jawa Report