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12:30 PM ET, July 28, 2007

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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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IOZ / Who Is IOZ?:
Many Happy Returns  —  Recall if you will.  It was a bright, warm day in September, and the clocks were striking thirteen.  In the busy East of the country, trains, planes, and automobiles disgorge lines of still-sleepy workers.  Across the Great Plains and into the Rockies, men and women wake slowly to their coffee.
Discussion: The Road to Surfdom
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:   US accuses Saudis of telling lies about Iraq
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 …
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Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
I Know When I'm Beat  —  The only honorable thing to do is admit that Anne-Marie Slaughter's new oped in the Washington Post beats Anne Applebaum out for the title of dumbest thing ever written by anyone in any venue.  If it weren't print, I'd expect her to break into a rendition of "Fly Away …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Sadly, No!
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 …
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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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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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Fred on Restoring Federalism: Bring Back Reagan on the 10th Amendment  —  Former Tennessee senator and presumptive GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson continues his hearts and minds campaign on the Right side of the Blogosphere with a lengthy post on federalism at I'm With Fred.
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 …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Romney Will Skip YouTube Forum  —  Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Friday that he will not participate in a debate on Sept. 17 co-sponsored by CNN and YouTube, saying the debate did not show the proper respect for the process of selecting a presidential nominee.
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and Time
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Anti-porn Romney confuses YouTube with MySpace
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
The Case Against Gonzales  —  I've opined previously that I think Alberto Gonzales' technical defense to a perjury charge would be that he was relying on an implicit definitional distinction between the NSA program as it existed in December 2005 (when the president first confirmed its existence) …
Discussion: The Corner and Discourse.net
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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 …
The Corner:
The Cleavage Issue  —  I know that this week is devoted to singing Hillary's praises as a candidate, but surely it is in the area of fundraising where her skill and discipline really shine.  Over on Drudge there was a picture of the Senator in the pink jacket and fairly low cut black shell …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  And here's Mark Fiore with an animation on the Bush administration dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: "Pickling The Poor" with your host, Buzzie the Fly.  —  Click on the screenshot above or go here to see it.  —  All cartoons are posted with the artists' express permission to BobGeiger.com.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Parents' Ire Grows at Pedophile's Unabashed Blog  —  The search for the self-described pedophile in the large-brimmed black hat commences nearly every day here, with findings posted on chat rooms frequented by mothers.  —  He was spotted at a fair in Santa Clarita.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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Associated Press:
Bush: Surveillance law needs updating
Tom Coghlan / Telegraph:
Taliban in first heat-seeking missile attack
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Hindu Groups Ask '08 Hopefuls to Criticize Protest
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: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
DEAR WORLD  —  1. Scott Thomas Beauchamp's story is now in the hands of his superiors.
Discussion: Op For and baldilocks
 Earlier Items: 
KGTV-TV:
School Stops Scheduling Class Time For Muslim Prayer
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
Crisis-prone BBC needs management clear-out
Discussion: Biased BBC
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" …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Rich Man, Boor Man
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
UPI:
Your Thoughts  —  Let him claim executive privilege and ignore the subpoena.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter