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1:30 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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CNN:   Snow: No contradiction in Gonzales testimony
Opinion Journal:
Wiretap Debacle  —  How politics has gutted the terrorist surveillance program.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
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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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Krauthammer: Obama Is The New Tom Hagen
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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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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Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:   Anti-porn Romney confuses YouTube with MySpace
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Snowman's chance for a GOP debate
Discussion: MSNBC, National Review and Townhall.com
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
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
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
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'
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Kind Of Village It Takes  —  Recent books and studies seem to indicate disturbing sexual trends among evangelical Christians.  And this time we're not talking about their pastors or political leaders.  The new attention is on evangelical teenagers, who reportedly start sex earlier than their mainline Protestant peers.
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Thers / Whiskey Fire:   To Read the Orange Signs
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: QandO, Brian Beutler and The Sideshow
Michael Burleigh / Times of London:
Lawyers sap our will to combat terrorism  —  We lack the toughness of our European neighbours  —  Many jihadis seek to create a global caliphate, ruled by Sharia.  At best, Christians, Hindus, and Jews would live in a state of submission tantamount to second-class citizenship.
Discussion: Tim Worstall
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read  —  Was Pat Tillman murdered?  —  Stunning as it is to contemplate, the Associated Press obtained Pentagon documents through the Freedom of Information Act showing that investigators looked into whether the athlete-turned-soldier might have been deliberately killed in 2004 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
Eleanor Mills / Times of London:
Finally, I've decided to take the plunge.  I'm coming out . . .  Today, a big decision on my sexuality.  And in this column the announcement.  Something I've been wrestling with for months but can see at last that I'm just going to have to come to terms with.  So take a deep breath . . . and here goes.
Discussion: Guardian
 
 
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Yousuf Azimy / Reuters:
Korean hostages alive in Afghanistan, say Taliban
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
USA Today:
Conventions welcome corporate cash
Discussion: TIME
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Red Mosque Redux (Update: Explosion Kills Several)
David Blair / Telegraph:
Trust Libya with nuclear power, says Sarkozy
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
Junk social science index
Discussion: The Corner
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Federal Lawmakers From Coast to Coast Are Under Investigation
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Saudis' Role in Iraq Frustrates U.S. Officials