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9:00 PM ET, July 28, 2007

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New York Times:
Mining of Data Prompted Fight Over Spying  —  A 2004 dispute over the National Security Agency's secret surveillance program that led top Justice Department officials to threaten resignation involved computer searches through massive electronic databases, according to current and former officials briefed on the program.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Parsing Gonzales And Prepping For Greymail  —  The Captain does a good job presenting the White House talking points in defense of embattled AG Gonzales.  And as he points out to his critics, he is reporting, not evaluating - attorneys, feel free to chime in.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Lawyers Join Chorus Criticizing Gonzales
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMmuckraker
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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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
In reviewing Ian...  CONFLATING ALL OUR ENEMIES INTO ONE  —  In reviewing Ian Shapiro's new book, Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror, Samantha Powers emphasizes a point that has been completely lost on Republican presidential candidates (and the man they hope to replace):
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DIVIDE AND CONQUER....In a review/essay critiquing both the phraseology …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Ken Wheaton / AdAge:
MoveOn Gets Someone to Bite on Faux Fox Protest  —  Liberal Coalition Mimics Right-Wing Groups  —  Taking a page from Don Wildmon's American Family Association, MoveOn and other liberal groups are going after marketers who advertise on Fox News.  And just like the AFA's claims that large portions …
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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 …
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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" …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Politico
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
U.S. Plans New Arms Sales to Gulf Allies  —  $20 Billion Deal Includes Weapons For Saudi Arabia  —  The Bush administration will announce next week a series of arms deals worth at least $20 billion to Saudi Arabia and five other oil-rich Persian Gulf states as well as new 10-year military aid packages …
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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 …
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?"
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
British Pullback in Iraq Presages Hurdles for U.S.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Certain Degrees Now Cost More at Public Universities
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Bush alters radio address for Democrats
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Page Ivey / Associated Press:
Clinton: Create public service academy
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Musharraf Meets With Opposition Leader Bhutto
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Gretel C. Kovach / Newsweek:
Trial against U.S. Muslim charity begins
Media Matters for America:
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Washington Post:
Travelers Face Greater Use of Personal Data
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The Corner:
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Tom Coghlan / Telegraph:
Taliban in first heat-seeking missile attack
Associated Press:
Cops: Man, 93, Shoots Violent Robber
Rasmussen Reports:
Labels Matter: Progressive Better than Liberal, Reagan-Like Better than Conservative
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.