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1:10 PM ET, July 26, 2007

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The New Republic:
A STATEMENT FROM SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP:  —  As we've noted in this space, some have questioned details that appeared in the Diarist "Shock Troops," published under the pseudonym Scott Thomas.  According to Major Kirk Luedeke, a public affairs officer at Forward Operating Base Falcon …
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Scott Thomas revealed; Update: So is his blog  —  He's Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, a member of Alpha Company, 1/18 Infantry, Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division.  He's also calling most of his critics chickenhawks, even though most of his critics a) served in the military and/or b) have been to Iraq or c) both.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
SCOTT THOMAS SPEAKS
Michelle Malkin:
"Scott Thomas" steps out of the shadows Update: The blog of …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   What's that Now?  —  "Scott Thomas" now known as Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp writes:
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
PRIVATE BEAUCHAMP- REQUIEM FOR A DUNG BEETLE
Discussion: Riehl World View
Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:   This War's John Kerry?
CNN:
Senators ask for special counsel on Gonzales  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday called for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself during Capitol Hill testimony.  —  The group said it plans to make the request in a letter to the solicitor general.
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Senators Call For Appointment Of Special Counsel To Investigate Gonzales For Perjury  —  At a news conference this afternoon, four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Alberto Gonzales on perjury charges.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Senator May Seek Gonzales Perjury Probe
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Analyst counters Bush on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Mahablog
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour  —  On July 16, I attended Christians United for Israel's annual Washington-Israel Summit.  Founded by San Antonio-based megachurch pastor John Hagee, CUFI has added the grassroots muscle of the Christian right to the already potent Israel lobby.
Discussion: DefCon Blog
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The mainstream, sane, serious Joe Lieberman
Discussion: TalkLeft and Norwegianity
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Media Team Resigns, Futher Shaking Up Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain's well-known media team has resigned, an indication that his campaign shake-up is continuing to backfire and imperiling the Arizona Republican's presidential candidacy.
Hamid Ahmed / Associated Press:
US: Attackers in Iraq Have Improved Aim  —  BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has noted a "significant improvement" in the aim of attackers firing rockets and mortars into the heavily fortified Green Zone in the past three months that it has linked to training in Iran, a top commander said Thursday.
Discussion: The Corner and MSNBC
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John Solomon / Washington Post:
No Easy Verdict on Thompson The Lawyer  —  Cases Indicate Willingness to Defy GOP Orthodoxy  —  Before he was elected as a tough-on-crime U.S. senator from Tennessee or played a New York prosecutor on TV's "Law and Order," Fred Dalton Thompson worked as a lawyer who argued …
Washington Post:
War Crimes and the White House  —  The Dishonor in a Tortured New 'Interpretation' of the Geneva Conventions  —  One of us was appointed commandant of the Marine Corps by President Ronald Reagan; the other served as a lawyer in the Reagan White House and has vigorously defended the constitutionality …
Jean Edward Smith / New York Times:
Stacking the Court  —  WHEN a majority of Supreme Court justices adopt a manifestly ideological agenda, it plunges the court into the vortex of American politics.  If the Roberts court has entered voluntarily what Justice Felix Frankfurter once called the "political thicket," it may require a political solution to set it straight.
Harry Reid / Washington Post:
The Senate on Iraq: No 'Phony Debate'  —  On reading the July 21 editorial "The Phony Debate," it became clear why The Post's editorial writers have been such eager cheerleaders for the Bush administration's flawed Iraq policies — the two share the same disregard for the facts en route to drawing dubious conclusions.
Discussion: Think Progress
Taylor Dinerman / Opinion Journal:
Robert A. Heinlein's Legacy  —  As they say on the moon, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch!"  —  Science fiction at one time was despised as vulgar and "populist" by university English departments.  Today, it is just another cultural artifact to be deconstructed, along with cartoons and People magazine articles.
Karl / Press Esc:
US Senators call for universal Internet filtering  —  Submitted by Adam Thomas on Wed, 2007-07-25 20:47.  - Americas - Tech - United States - News  —  US senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order …
Daphne Retter / The Hill:
UNDER THE DOME  —  Senate GOP to Vitter: We'll handle the Republican reputation from here, thanks  —  Oh, how we would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) rose to speak during a Tuesday policy lunch.  —  Only seven days earlier, he had delivered a heartfelt apology at the same weekly meeting.
Discussion: Think Progress
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
'It Didn't Happen'  —  Democrats go soft on crimes against humanity.  —  Barack Obama's latest pronouncement on Iraq should have shocked the conscience.  In an interview with the Associated Press last week, the freshman Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate opined …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Sister Toldjah
 
 
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USA Today:
Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment
Discussion: National Review
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Operation Iraq betrayal
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