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2:00 AM ET, July 26, 2007


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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
As regular readers...  IMPEACHMENT?  —  As regular readers of this site know, I've always been against the movement to impeach President Bush.  I take this position not because he hasn't done plenty to merit it.  My reasons are practical.  Minor reasons are that it's late in the president's term …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Avoidable Conclusion To Executive Privilege Tension  —  It appears that Congress and the White House will come to a resonating conclusion to the lifelong tension over the use of executive privilege, and it will be fought on the White House's turf.  The House Judiciary Committee took …
Discussion: TalkLeft and UrbanGrounds
Associated Press:
Documents contradict Gonzales' testimony  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Documents indicate eight congressional leaders were briefed about the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program on the eve of its expiration in 2004, contradicting sworn Senate testimony this week by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING: Documents Contradict Gonzales' testimony  —  We have documentation now, Congress.  C'mon, is there another "Contempt of Congress" charge on the horizon?  —  USA Today:
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Senator May Seek Gonzales Perjury Probe
Hindrocket / Power Line:   LEAKING AGAINST GONZALES  —  Paul writes below about Alberto …
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.
News For The Left:
Bill O' being investigated by Secret Service  —  After seeing this post by John Aravosis on AmericaBlog, I was incensed and concerned at the same time.  Here is the comment on O'Reilly's blog that crossed the line: … So, I did what a responsible person should do when they see something like this on a blog.
Pastordan / Street Prophets:   Mr. O'Reilly, We Will Pray* For You
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Michelle Malkin's hate sites
Discussion: AMERICAblog, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
CNN Political Ticker:
Protester removed from Fred Thompson event  —  HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) - A woman screaming "you're not a real conservative, sir" was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning.  A second protester was also taken from the room.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Exclusive First Read: Obama hits Clinton - harder  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  Sen. Obama has ESCALATED his criticism of Hillary Clinton — taking it to political defcon three — in an exclusive on-camera interview with NBC News.  —  It is a lot tougher than what he said in the debate …
Kara Oppenheim / The Hill:
Sen. Feinstein endorses Clinton
Will Marshall / Ideas Primary:
Changing Course in Iraq  —  The Iraq debate in Washington seems as intractable as the actual war in Iraq.  Democrats keep trying to set a deadline for withdrawing U.S. combat forces.  President Bush keeps insisting that nothing will change until Sept. 15, when General David Petraeus …
Karina / The Gavel:
House Votes to Ban Permanent Bases in Iraq  —  "The Democratic Congress will go on record - every day if necessary - to register a judgment in opposition to the course of action that the President is taking in Iraq.  The Democratic Congress will go on record - every day if necessary …
Associated Press:
Queen guitarist to complete doctorate  —  LONDON - Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he abandoned his studies to form the rock group Queen.  —  The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, "Radial Velocities …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Hollywood Quickly Bringing the Iraq War Home  —  LOS ANGELES, July 25 — On a night four years ago, five soldiers back from three months in Iraq went drinking at a Hooters restaurant and a topless bar near Fort Benning, Ga.  —  Before the night was over, one of them, Specialist Richard R. Davis …
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Zachary M. Seward / Wall Street Journal:
Doctor Shortage Hurts A Coverage-for-All Plan
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
San Francisco Chronicle:
Taxpayers pick up Bush's bill
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Bipartisan Impeachment Support As Bush Breaks Disapproval Records
Discussion: Washington Post
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Moral Responsibility  —  Jonah: Your argument on Iraq …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Newt flirts with Thompson
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel and Hot Air
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
"Welcome Back Bob. Now, STFU."
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Albany Times Union
Steve Forbes / Wall Street Journal:
Private Equity, Public Benefits
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
How the Democrats differ on Iraq
Discussion: MSNBC
Atrios / Eschaton:
Indeed  —  Obama: … I'm not saying Obama's judgment …
Discussion: Election Central and Open Left
Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: A new critique of the 2004 Lancet Iraq death toll study
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Nonny Mouse Goes Down Under