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6:00 PM ET, July 25, 2007


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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House Democrats pass contempt citation  —  WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee approved a contempt of Congress citation Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and one-time Counsel Harriet Miers, setting up a constitutional confrontation over the firings of federal prosecutors.
Washington Post:
House Panel Votes for Contempt Charges in Firings Case  —  The House Judiciary Committee voted today to issue contempt citations for two of President Bush's most trusted aides, taking its most dramatic step yet towards a constitutional showdown with the White House over the Justice Department's dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys.
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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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 …
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 Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
House Committee Approves Contempt Citation
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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.
The Raw Story:
National Intelligence Estimate claim over Iran-linked threat unsupported, CIA sources say  —  Current and former intelligence officials say the Bush Administration's National Intelligence Estimate regarding terrorist threats to the United States does not provide evidence to support its assertions …
Amir Oren / Haaretz:
Free Assad  —  The head of American intelligence, Admiral …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
John Barnes / John Barnes' Amazon Blog:
The Scott Thomas affair at New Republic — maybe a different take  —  My agent always urges me to provide a sound bite version of any idea I put out in public.  I don't actually think there are very many interesting ideas that fit into sound bites, but here's the short version for those of you without …
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. …
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Another Resignation From Team Thompson  —  The day after his would-be campaign manager was replaced, Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson has another senior staff position to refill.  —  J.T. Mastranadi was hired just a week and a half ago to be the campaign's director of research.  He resigned this morning, a friend of his said.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Nonny Mouse Goes Down Under  —  The travel and tourist industry is one of the United State's biggest money-makers, generating $103 billion in tax revenue every year.  Without this tax revenue, every American household would pay nearly $1,000 more in taxes every a year.
Steve Forbes / Wall Street Journal:
Private Equity, Public Benefits  —  Why does Congress think that sharply boosting taxes on private-equity companies will do anything other than stall or disrupt what is clearly a thriving American economy?  Make no mistake: The Baucus-Grassley legislation in the Senate and the Levin bill …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: A new critique of the 2004 Lancet Iraq death toll study  —  One of the most useful roles of the blogosphere is its service as an open-source intelligence-gathering medium.  You can draw on the expertise of people around the world at the touch of a button.
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