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11:20 AM ET, July 28, 2007

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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."
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
IS THIS A COUP?  IF NOT, WHAT IS IT?  —  The Democrats' unconstitutional usurpation of power continues: Chuck Schumer, possibly the wackiest of all Capitol Hill Democrats, announces a change in the Constitution: … I guess "dangerously out of balance" means 5-4.
Thomas Ferraro / Reuters:
Democrat charges U.S. justices "duped" Senate
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Beltway media stars mean by "centrism" and "extremism"  —  As always, when wielded by Beltway media stars, the terms "centrist" and "moderate" and "mainstream" mean "whatever views I personally happen to hold on a topic, regardless of how many Americans actually share it."
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MSNBC:
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for July 26  —  Guests: Howard Wolfson, David Axelrod, Tony Snow, Bruce Fein, Stan Brand, Stephen Hayes, Sally Quinn  —  CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: The FBI now says that the attorney general's not telling the truth.  Director Robert Mueller said late today …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
U.S. Set to Offer Huge Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia  —  The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors that is expected to total $20 billion over the next decade at a time when some United States officials contend that the Saudis …
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
US accuses Saudis of telling lies about Iraq  —  The extent of the deterioration in US-Saudi relations was exposed for the first time yesterday when Washington accused Riyadh of working to undermine the Iraqi government.  —  The Bush administration warned Saudi Arabia …
Rasmussen Reports:
Labels Matter: Progressive Better than Liberal, Reagan-Like Better than Conservative  —  During last Monday's Democratic Presidential debate, Senator Hillary Clinton indicated that she preferred to be called "progressive" rather than "liberal."  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Hillary the Progressive  —  Ross Douthat notes Hillary Clinton's preference for the label "progressive" over "liberal" and wonders if this goes beyond mere questions of branding to serious changes on the left that should worry us.  —  Progressivism, after all, has a very mixed history in American politics …
James Glanz / New York Times:
As U.S. Rebuilds, Iraq Won't Act on Finished Work  —  Iraq's national government is refusing to take possession of thousands of American-financed reconstruction projects, forcing the United States either to hand them over to local Iraqis, who often lack the proper training and resources to keep …
Anne-Marie Slaughter / Washington Post:
Partisans Gone Wild  —  A funny thing is happening in American politics: The fiercest battle is no longer between the left and the right but between partisanship and bipartisanship.  The Bush administration, which has been notorious for playing to its hard-right base, has started reaching across the aisle …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Andres Oppenheimer / MiamiHerald.com:
Obama goofed by not including caveat  —  One in an occasional series on presidential candidates' views about Latin America.  —  I was not terribly surprised when Sen. Barack Obama said in the Democratic presidential debate Monday that he would sit down with Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez if elected president.
Discussion: CNN
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Marine Corps Times HOME:
Aide: Iraq PM relations with Petraeus poor  —  BAGHDAD — A key aide says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's relations with U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus are so poor the Iraqi leader may ask Washington the withdraw the well-regarded U.S. military leader from duty here.
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and Rising Hegemon
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Rich Man, Boor Man  —  We live in an age of great wealth—and lousy manners.  —  So we are agreed.  We are living in the second great Gilded Age, a time of startling personal wealth.  In the West, the mansion after mansion with broad and rolling grounds; in the East, the apartments with foyers in which bowling teams could play.
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Democrats as victims?  —  There's an interesting meme of Democratic victimology developing here...  In addition to former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, saying that media attention on his hair stems from powerful interests who "want to shut me up", it should be noted that Sen. Hillary Clinton …
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
DEAR WORLD  —  1. Scott Thomas Beauchamp's story is now in the hands of his superiors.  They know him and his overall worth as a soldier and will decide his immediate future.  If you are fortunate enough to be someone other than one of those superiors (or his wife) you are officially relieved …
Discussion: Op For and baldilocks
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
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Think Progress:
Time For President To Come Clean On Tillman Cover-Up
Discussion: The Newshoggers
 
 
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Associated Press:
Cops: Man, 93, Shoots Violent Robber
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A QUESTION FOR FAIRNESS DOCTRINE SUPPORTERS: If you support …
Discussion: Balkinization
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Bad News Tests China's Propaganda Arm
Redstate:
Is WaPo Sending a Fabulist To Iraq?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Confederate Yankee:
Scott Beauchamp's Problems Are Just Beginning
KGTV-TV:
School Stops Scheduling Class Time For Muslim Prayer
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
Crisis-prone BBC needs management clear-out
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Anti-porn Romney confuses YouTube with MySpace
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Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Officer calls Guantanamo reviews a sham
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
A response to my post on the semiotic of "Scott Thomas" …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Scientists' Tests Hack Into Electronic Voting Machines in California and Elsewhere
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Frederick of Hollywood and the Tiny Silicone Penis
Phillip Carter / INTEL DUMP:
Review: "No End In Sight"
UPI:
Your Thoughts  —  Let him claim executive privilege and ignore the subpoena.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
White House:
Briefing by Tony Snow
Kombiz Lavasany / Democratic National Committee:
Rough Seas Ahead For Thompson