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8:30 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.
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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Not that he...  NYT: IMPEACH GONZALES  —  Not that he should be fired.  The Times editorial in tomorrow's paper says he should be impeached if Paul Clement, who for a complicated set of reasons is acting AG in this matter, doesn't appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Gonzales' numerous and increasingly overlapping bad acts.
Washington Post:
Data Mining Figured In Dispute Over NSA  —  Report Links Program to Gonzales Uproar  —  A fierce dispute within the Bush administration in early 2004 over a National Security Agency warrantless surveillance program was related to concerns about the NSA's searches of huge computer databases, the New York Times reported today.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
As you can...
Discussion: Open Left
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Parsing Gonzales And Prepping For Greymail
Discussion: The RBC and Brian Beutler
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Lawyers Join Chorus Criticizing Gonzales
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Bush Aide Blocked Report  —  A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote …
The Age:
Freed Guantanamo inmates take up arms  —  AT LEAST 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have been killed or recaptured after taking up arms against allied forces following their release.  —  They have been discovered mostly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but not in Iraq, a US Defence Department spokesman told The Age yesterday.
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and The Jawa Report
Peter Beaumont / Observer:
Amputations bring new crisis to Iraq  —  Iraq is facing a hidden healthcare and social crisis over the soaring number of amputations, largely of lower limbs, necessitated by the daily explosions and violence gripping the country.  —  In the north of Iraq, the Red Crescent Society …
Discussion: All Spin Zone and Cliff Schecter
Ray Massey / Daily Mail:
Arab princesses kicked off British Airways plane to jeers and whistles after refusing to sit next to male strangers  —  Three Arab princesses were thrown off a packed British Airways flight after refusing to sit next to male passengers they didn't know.  —  The dispute - in which the three princesses …
Discussion: Wizbang and theneweditor.com
Garry Kasparov / Opinion Journal:
Don Putin  —  To understand today's Russia, read "The Godfather."  —  When Vladimir Putin took power in Russia in 2000, the burning question was: "Who is Putin?"  It has now changed to: "What is the nature of Putin's Russia?"  This regime has been remarkably consistent in its behavior …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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.)
L. Brent Bozell III / Media Research Center:
Where Are the Admirable Athletes?  —  Michael Vick has done something no politician in Washington ever accomplished.  The star quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons has united nearly everyone against him, indicted for being at the center of a gruesome spectacle of dog-fighting and gambling.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Benjamin Nugent / New York Times:
Who's a Nerd, Anyway?  —  What is a nerd?  Mary Bucholtz, a linguist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been working on the question for the last 12 years.  She has gone to high schools and colleges, mainly in California, and asked students from different crowds …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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 …
Glenn Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Starship Enterprise  —  How private investment has launched a new space race  —  Rocketeers  —  American space exploration had a rough time of it on Thursday.  NASA's already bruised reputation took a one-two punch with revelations that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed …
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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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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Paradise: Baghdad...  I am not sure if I should be excited …
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