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12:35 PM ET, July 27, 2007

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Washington Post:
FBI Chief Disputes Gonzales On Spying  —  FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III yesterday contradicted the sworn testimony of his boss, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, by telling Congress that a prominent warrantless surveillance program was the subject of a dramatic legal debate within the Bush administration.
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Opinion Journal:
Wiretap Debacle  —  How politics has gutted the terrorist surveillance program.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Army Private Discloses He Is New Republic's Baghdad Diarist  —  The New Republic's anonymous "Baghdad Diarist" identified himself yesterday as Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private in Iraq, and disputed as "maddening" accusations that he had invented his accounts of cruelty by American soldiers.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Strike Two  —  For Barack Obama, it was strike two.  And this one was a right-down-the-middle question from a YouTuber in Monday night's South Carolina debate: "Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else …
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Washington Post:
For Clinton and Obama, A Debate Point Won't Die  —  A debate moment that might have quickly come and gone has erupted into the sharpest battle of the Democratic nominating contest, with Sen. Barack Obama yesterday comparing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's position on meeting with the leaders …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. drops Baghdad electricity reports  —  The daily length of time that residents have power has dropped.  The figure is considered a key indicator of quality of life.  —  WASHINGTON — washington — As the Bush administration struggles to convince lawmakers that its Iraq war strategy is working …
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Fester / The Newshoggers:
Where's the power report
Guardian:
Violence won't work: how author of 'jihadists' bible' stirred up a storm  —  Revisionist message from prison cell shakes al-Qaida colleagues  —  Ian Black Cairo  —  The assassination of the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981 by Islamic militants, a key moment in the development of jihadist groups.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Violent Jihad's Author To Recant?
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
Court throws out city's illegal immigration law  —  HAZLETON, Pa (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a local law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, dealing a blow to similar laws passed by dozens of towns and cities across the country.
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Peter Elstrom / Business Week:
Small-Town Quarrel, Big Implications
Discussion: The Corner and Daily Kos
Matt / thinkprogress.org:
Novak's heaven: A 'place where there are no blogs.'  —  "I'm 76 years old, and pretty soon I'm going to a place where there are no blogs," said conservative pundit Robert Novak at an American Spectator breakfast on Thursday morning.  Speaking of the land beyond, Novak added …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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Examiner:   Novak Tome Could Have Been 'Bible Length'
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
AP: New Details on Tillman's Death  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime …
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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
But Don't Ask Him on YouTube...  Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C,. more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field have been uploaded on YouTube — targeted at Republicans scheduled to get their turn at videopopulism on Sept. 17.
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David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Snowman's chance for a GOP debate
Discussion: MSNBC, National Review and Townhall.com
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Saudis' Role in Iraq Frustrates U.S. Officials  —  During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that Iraq's prime minister could not be trusted.  —  One purported to be an early alert from the prime minister …
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Glenn R. Simpson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tracks Saudi Bank Favored by Extremists
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Private Peter Pan  —  The other day I posted about a pseudonymously written story published in the New Republic by a soldier in the field describing some rather despicable behavior by himself and some of his buddies.  It seemed to me that it was plausible, although of course, I have no way of really knowing.
Discussion: Brian Beutler and The Sideshow
Keith Ervin / Seattle Times:
Felony charges filed against 7 in state's biggest case of voter-registration fraud  —  King and Pierce County prosecutors filed felony charges today against seven people who allegedly committed the biggest voter-registration fraud in state history.  —  The defendants, who were paid employees …
Judith / Kesher Talk:
Cindy Sheehan in NYC  —  [ UPDATE: Gathering of Eagles is going to confront the Cindy Brigade in Central Park on Sunday.  Info here. and here. ]  —  Kesher Talk Roving Correspondent Pamela Hall was there when the St Cindy Circus came to town.  —  Lots of photos and lots of video.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FOX PRODUCER JOINS TEAM FRED  —  From NBC's Mike Viqueira  —  The word spreading all over Capitol Hill today is that longtime Fox senior congressional producer Jim Mills is leaving his booth on the House side to join the Fred Thompson quasi-campaign as spokesman.
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
Junk social science index  —  No one ever accused Congress of being overly meticulous about the scientific evidence it takes in.  But the 110th Congress has been on a binge diet of junk social science.  It's no wonder it's been looking sick lately.  —  Or should we say "sicko?"
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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No Flood Wall Leaves Many New Orleans Residents Fearing the Worst - From Heavy Rain
Andrew G. Bostom / Front Page Magazine:
Frontpagemag.com presents part one of a two part series.
Discussion: The Corner and Solomonia
Huffington Post:
Thomas B. Edsall, Ethan Hova: Romney Buys Conservatives
Discussion: Wonkette
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Scott Thomas Update
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Obama calls Hillary "Bush-Cheney lite."
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Red Mosque Redux (Update: Explosion Kills Several)
David Blair / Telegraph:
Trust Libya with nuclear power, says Sarkozy
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Federal Lawmakers From Coast to Coast Are Under Investigation
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
White House:
President Bush Addresses the American Legislative Exchange Council …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Haneef released as charges dropped
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Why McCain's Collapse Matters
Discussion: Hullabaloo and NewsBusters.org
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Slippery Slope?  —  Just a coincidence that this happened in Massachusetts?
Matthew Rothschild / The New Press:
You Have No Rights  —  Stories of America in an Age of Repression