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1:10 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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and eyeon08.com
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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 …
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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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
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'  —  Columnist Robert Novak said Thursday morning that the draft manuscript of his recently released autobiography, "Bob Novak and the Deathly Hallows" ... er, sorry, "The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington" (can't get Harry Potter out of our heads), ran to about 1,400 pages.
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
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
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Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
AP: New Details on Tillman's Death
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
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
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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To Read the Orange Signs
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Obama calls Hillary "Bush-Cheney lite."
Discussion: Washington Post and INSTAPUTZ
 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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Slippery Slope?  —  Just a coincidence that this happened in Massachusetts?
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Saudis' Role in Iraq Frustrates U.S. Officials