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2:05 PM ET, July 28, 2007

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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
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.
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. Widens Push to Use Armed Iraqi Residents  —  The U.S. military in Iraq is expanding its efforts to recruit and fund armed Sunni residents as local protection forces in order to improve security and promote reconciliation at the neighborhood level, according to senior U.S. commanders.
Discussion: Moon of Alabama and Whiskey Fire
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Iraqi leader tells Bush: Get Gen Petraeus out
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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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 …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
The Centrists Didn't Hold  —  NOT very long ago, the Democratic Leadership Council was a maker of presidents — or, at least, the maker of a president.  In 1991, Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, then the council's chairman, elucidated the "New Democrat" ethos and previewed the themes …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TalkLeft
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.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Kagro X / Daily Kos:
More on Lowe's pulling ads from O'Reilly  —  What moved Lowe's to pull its ads from the Bill O'Reilly hate-fest?  —  Could it be that targeting Home Depot for its support of the FOX Nutwork's coordinated campaign against science raised some eyebrows?  —  Even as Home Depot is hoping …
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 …
Newsday:
Hate-crime arrests in Quran desecrations at Pace University  —  NEW YORK (AP) _ A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Quran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, police said.  —  Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn was arrested on charges …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
In the '60s, a Future Candidate Poured Her Heart Out in Letters  —  They were high school friends from Park Ridge, Ill., both high achievers headed East to college.  John Peavoy was a bookish film buff bound for Princeton, Hillary Rodham a driven, civic-minded Republican going off to Wellesley.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Anti-porn Romney confuses YouTube with MySpace
Discussion: Washington Post
Hindrocket / Power Line:
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND JOURNALISTS GONE WILD  —  Today Tony Snow told the White House press corps that what Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee was correct: there was no disagreement in the Justice Department about the "terrorist surveillance program" …
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Tom Coghlan / Telegraph:
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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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:
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Hillary the Progressive  —  Ross Douthat notes Hillary Clinton's …
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
DEAR WORLD  —  1. Scott Thomas Beauchamp's story is now in the hands of his superiors.
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KGTV-TV:
School Stops Scheduling Class Time For Muslim Prayer
Jeff Randall / Telegraph:
Crisis-prone BBC needs management clear-out
Discussion: Biased BBC
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
James Glanz / New York Times:
As U.S. Rebuilds, Iraq Won't Act on Finished Work
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Frederick of Hollywood and the Tiny Silicone Penis