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12:25 AM ET, July 29, 2007

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New York Times:
Mr. Gonzales's Never-Ending Story  —  President Bush often insists he has to be the decider — ignoring Congress and the public when it comes to the tough matters on war, terrorism and torture, even deciding whether an ordinary man in Florida should be allowed to let his wife die with dignity.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
As you can...  DATA MINING  —  As you can see, we now have the first hint of what was at the center of the Ashcroft hospital room showdown.  According to the New York Times, what the White House calls the 'terrorist surveillance [i.e., warrantless wiretap] program' originally included some sort of largescale data mining.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Parsing Gonzales And Prepping For Greymail
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Lawyers Join Chorus Criticizing Gonzales
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMmuckraker
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Guess He Should Have Just Burned A Flag  —  This will make for a fascinating prosecution: … Well, if had burned an American flag the issues would be clear.  If he had put a crucifix in a glass of urine, it would have been art.  —  On the other hand, a book in a toilet, regardless of the book …
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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 …
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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Samantha Power / New York Times:
Our War on Terror  —  The day after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush declared the strikes by Al Qaeda "more than acts of terror.  They were acts of war."  Bush's "war on terror" was "not a figure of speech," he said.  Rather, it was a defining framework.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DIVIDE AND CONQUER....In a review/essay critiquing both the phraseology …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
baldilocks:
A New Kind of "Chickenhawk"  —  When I said yesterday that most of Beauchamp's defenders had sense enough to steer clear of the milbloggers, I had no idea that Columbia Journalism Review's Paul McLeary had run out into the open, bare-a** naked. … (Emphasis mine.)
Washington Post:
Fewer See Balance in High Court Decisions  —  Growing Numbers In Poll Say Bench Is 'Too Conservative'  —  About half of the public thinks the Supreme Court is generally balanced in its decisions, but a growing number of Americans say the court has become "too conservative" …
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.
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Iraqi leader tells Bush: Get Gen Petraeus out  —  Relations between the top United States general in Iraq and Nouri al-Maliki, the country's prime minister, are so bad that the Iraqi leader made a direct appeal for his removal to President George W Bush.  —  Although the call was rejected …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Press Reports: Another Apparent Iraq Vet Suicide  —  NEW YORK One of the least covered aspects of the fallout from the Iraq war is the rising toll of suicides, both near the battlefield and back home.  —  Latest official figures released by the Pentagon reveal at least 116 self-inflicted fatalities in Iraq.
Steve B. / Educated Soldier:
Paradise: Baghdad...  I am not sure if I should be excited about this but; recently, I have found myself waking each morning most anticipating two daily events: time spent in the gym or running and the authoring of this Blog.  —  In anticipation of writing tonight's post, I had developed two separate topic pieces.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Liberals Going After Fox Advertisers  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.  —  MoveOn.org, the Campaign for America's Future and liberal blogs like DailyKos.com are asking thousands …
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
British Pullback in Iraq Presages Hurdles for U.S.  —  BASRA, Iraq — As American troop levels are peaking in Baghdad, British force levels are heading in the opposite direction as the troops prepare to withdraw completely from the city center of Basra, 300 miles to the south.
Discussion: Big Lizards and Prairie Weather
Faiz / Think Progress:
Soltz: Bush Needs To Resolve Whether Pat Tillman Was Killed For His Political Views  —  Yesterday, Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz wrote on ThinkProgress about Pat Tillman: "Was the man the White House used to promote the war ordered to be killed because he was becoming increasingly critical of the war in Iraq?"
Paul Simons / Times of London:
Musharraf risks civil war as he invades the Al-Qaeda badlands  —  Pakistan's president takes on the Islamic militants who have set up a rogue state on his country's wild north  —  IN North Waziristan, the wild border land that America hopes will be Osama Bin Laden's graveyard …
Discussion: Power Line and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
 
 
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