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9:20 PM ET, July 27, 2007

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
White House Conference Call On Executive Privilege (Update: Executive Privilege Analysis)  —  The White House hosted a blogger conference call to discuss the issues surrounding the Bush administration's use of executive privilege in the probe of the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
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The Raw Story:
White House calls bloggers to push privilege  —  At the urging of top conservative bloggers, the White House set up a Friday morning conference call to promote its message on the subject of executive privilege, RAW STORY has found.  "The White House hosted a blogger conference call to discuss …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matt / Think Progress:
WH gives talking points to right-wing bloggers.
Washington Post:
Let the Cleavage Conversation Begin  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign has sent out a fundraising letter calling a Washington Post fashion writer's column on Clinton's cleavage "grossly inappropriate" and asking donors "to take a stand against this kind of coarseness and pettiness in American culture."
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CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton seeks 'cleavage' cash  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Few political fundraising e-mails have ever carried the subject header "cleavage," but White House hopeful Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign sent a solicitation to supporters Friday with the attention-grabbing header in order to decry …
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Kos: Tillman Murdered for Chomsky Admiration, Antiwar Views  —  It's about time someone finally connected Noam Chomsky to Pat Tillman's death.  Another Kos diarist goes off the deep end.  This time with help from the AP which leads yet another story about the tragic death of Pat Tillman with this:
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Think Progress:
Time For President To Come Clean On Tillman Cover-Up
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Josh Swiller / The Huffington Post:
Who Killed Pat Tillman?
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Carrie Budoff / The Politico:
'No more confirmations of Bush high court nominees'  —  New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Bush "except in extraordinary circumstances."
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Wizbang
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Another Thompson resignation  —  Another aide to Fred Thompson's campaign-in-waiting resigned last night, two sources close to the campaign confirm.  Tom Frechette had been effectively serving as campaign manager Tom Collamore's deputy.  Collamore was removed from his post Tuesday and given a "senior adviser" role.
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Kombiz Lavasany / Democratic National Committee:
Rough Seas Ahead For Thompson  —  The Fred Thompson campaign has seen some tough times lately, confronted with his record as a lobbyist and the subsequent cover-up.  That was followed by staff problems at the very top of the campaign.  —  But rather than kick a man when he's down, we decided to throw him a life vest.
Post / Washington Post:
YOUTUBE, TAKE TWO Few GOP Candidates Commit to Debate  —  McCain Adviser Trims Advertising Strategy  —  YOUTUBE, TAKE TWO Few GOP Candidates Commit to Debate  —  Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Chickenhawk Congressman Smears Military Expert  —  Center for American Progress military expert Lawrence Korb testified before the House Armed Services Committee this morning, challenging escalation proponents to have the courage of their convictions and call for a draft if they would like the surge to continue indefinitely.
Discussion: Buckeye State Blog
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Center for American Progress:
Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards: "They want to shut me up"  —  MyDD flags an intense minute and a half from John Edwards in Creston, Iowa, yesterday in which he heatedly tells an audience that the attention to trivia (I assume the reference here is to his haircuts) is "not an accident" and that "they want to shut me up" …
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Bob Dole Says Thompson Will Benefit From McCain's Lost `Buzz'  —  Bob Dole says his preferred presidential candidate, Arizona Senator John McCain, is fading and that his support is likely to be ``picked up'' by Fred Thompson, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in September.
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Xuanthai / CNN Political Ticker:
McCain losing ground in home state
David Stout / New York Times:
White House Backs Gonzales on Testimony  —  The White House offered a vigorous defense of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today, insisting that he had not given misleading testimony to Congress, but that national security factors prevented further clarification for now.
Peter J. Wallison / TCS Daily:
Is the War Lost?  Three Inconvenient Truths About Iraq Right Now  —  Democratic Party opponents of the Iraq War are now deeply invested in a withdrawal strategy.  They argue, as Harry Reid has phrased it, that the war is lost.  But there are three inconvenient truths...
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Administration Subpoenas Michael Moore  —  For the filming of his documentary SiCKO, Michael Moore took sick 9/11 workers to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to help them obtain free medical care.  "The (rescue workers) just want medical attention!"  Moore shouts into a loudspeaker in the movie …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
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Brent Budowsky / The Huffington Post:
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Fred File:
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Discussion: Wake up America
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Battle for Congress Is Already Fully Engaged
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Freed man still in limbo
The Corner:
Hazleton, Pa.  —  A federal judge has ruled in favor of the ACLU …
Boston Globe:
US ordered to pay $101.7m in false murder convictions
Michael Burleigh / Times of London:
Lawyers sap our will to combat terrorism
Examiner:
Novak Tome Could Have Been 'Bible Length'