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8:10 AM ET, July 27, 2007

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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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Patrick Ruffini / Townhall.com:
GOPers Bail on YouTube Debate?  —  Over the last few hours, I'd been hearing buzz that GOP candidates were going wobbly on the CNN/YouTube debate.  I was dismissive.  Given the huge earned media hit the Democrats got this week, the fact that even the highly partisan questioners acquitted themselves better …
The Atlantic Online:   Update: Rudy Likely To Opt Out Of YouTube Debate
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Granite Status: Romney no fan of CNN/YouTube debate antics
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It's looking like...  GOP: YOUTUBE TOO SCARY FOR US
Discussion: Townhall.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP and YouTube  —  Rudy won't bite, apparently.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Balloon Juice
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:   Thumbs Down On The GOP YouTube Debate
New York Times:
F.B.I. Chief Gives Account at Odds With Gonzales's  —  The director of the F.B.I. offered testimony Thursday that sharply conflicted with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's sworn statements about a 2004 confrontation in which top Justice Department officials threatened to resign over a secret intelligence operation.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It's been pretty...  TPM TO MSM: COME ON IN!  THE WATER FEELS FINE!
Discussion: Associated Press
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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TRex / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: A Whole New Level of Horror  —  "This war is so f**king illegal."  (Patrick Tillman)  —  From the AP: … In other words, Pat Tillman was most likely murdered in the field.  In cold blood.  By other US soldiers.  —  This must be what the Bush Administration was trying …
Discussion: Discourse.net and Crooks and Liars
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Officials Voice Frustrations With Saudis' Role in Iraq  —  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 …
Discussion: The American Street and TalkLeft
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Glenn R. Simpson / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Tracks Saudi Bank Favored by Extremists
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 …
Julia Preston / Press Association:
Judge Voids Ordinance on Illegal Immigrants  —  A federal judge in Pennsylvania yesterday struck down ordinances adopted by the City of Hazleton to bar illegal immigrants from working or renting homes there, the most resounding legal blow so far to local efforts across the country to crack down on illegal immigration.
Discussion: ACLU and TalkLeft
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Fred File:
Hazleton Immigration Decision
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly cuts Hall's mic to get the last word about BilloReilly.com's HATE comments  —  As O'Reilly smeared Kos and YKos yet again, Jane Hall told Bill that his own website had hate comments on it.  BillO called her a liar and then they cut her mic off so he was sure to get the last word in …
Matthew Rothschild / The New Press:
You Have No Rights  —  Stories of America in an Age of Repression  —  Paperback  —  PAPERBACK ORIGINAL CHILLING STORIES OF ORDINARY AMERICANS WHOSE EVERYDAY LIBERTIES HAVE BEEN VIOLATED SINCE SEPTEMBER 11  —  I'm very liberal and sometimes my friends say I'm giving them some kind of paranoid …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
FCC Chair: Fairness Doctrine Not Needed  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has no intention of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine imposing a requirement of balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said.  —  Martin, in a letter written …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
Immigration.  Again.  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he's floating a plan that would grant legal status to the nation's 12 million illegal immigrants, but offer no path to citizenship.  —  "It might be the equivalent of a green card," Specter said Thursday.
Michael Yon:
Bird's Eye View  —  Bird's Eye View: The Battle for Baqubah  —  A Tactical Operations Center (TOC) is the headquarters for a unit.  Company-level TOCs are the smallest I have seen.  A typical infantry company has about a hundred or more soldiers.  The commander will normally be a captain.
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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Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Embarassment  —  The phrase "ad hominem attack" acquires …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Jon Swift
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Why McCain's Collapse Matters
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hullabaloo
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Slippery Slope?  —  Just a coincidence that this happened in Massachusetts?
Discussion: WSFA-TV and Roger Ailes
Bill Roggio / Daily Iraq Report:
Iraq Report: Al Qaeda strikes in Baghdad
Associated Press:
Senate OKs package urged by 9/11 panel
KCRG-TV:
Edwards and Romney Lead Their Parties in KCRG-TV9 Political Poll
Aaron Beard / Associated Press:
Nifong admits: No crime in lacrosse case
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Pence Amendment Passes
Yahoo! News:
Reid tells four companies no coal power in Nevada
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Associated Press:
Former aide of Iraq's top Shiite cleric slain in Najaf
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Anxious Republicans fear another beating
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Joe Bel Bruno / Associated Press:
Stocks Plunge; Dow Down More Than 310
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton calls Bush-Cheney comparison 'silly'