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12:45 PM ET, July 29, 2007

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Matt / Think Progress:
Conservatives Refuse To Appear On Fox News To Publicly Defend Gonzales  —  On Fox News Sunday this morning, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) refused to defend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against accusations that he may have perjured himself before Congress.
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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Not that he...  NYT: IMPEACH GONZALES  —  Not that he should be fired.
Discussion: The RBC
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
It's How We Pull Back  —  Try to imagine what was running through the mind of Hassan Kazemi Qomi, Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, as he sat across the negotiating table from his American counterpart, Ryan Crocker, last week.  While the U.S. diplomat delivered his stern warning against Iranian meddling in Iraq …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Undermining American Credibility
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Critics say Rudy didn't make as many cuts as he claims  —  It is Rudy Giuliani's favorite boast on the presidential campaign trail: "I cut taxes 23 times" as mayor of New York, he says, a claim inevitably met by applause.  —  The impressive-sounding stat stars in radio ads this week …
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
In any presidential campaign, critical media narratives develop around candidates, which are often tough to break.  Al Gore, for example, was labeled a "serial exaggerator."  It was a bogus story, but it dogged Gore throughout 2000, and raised doubts about his veracity.
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.
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Swat somebody's butt, and yours belongs to the the D.A.  —  Do you know Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison?  —  If you do, don't approach them.  Call 911 and order up a SWAT team.  They're believed to be in the vicinity of McMinnville, Ore., where they're a clear and present danger to the community.
Julian Linden / Reuters:
Iraq defy odds to win Asian Cup  —  JAKARTA (Reuters) - Iraq completed one of sport's great fairytales by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the Asian Cup final on Sunday to provide a rare moment for celebration in their war-torn homeland.  —  The Saudis had been bidding to become the first four-times winners …
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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 …
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
What's the Legal Significance of the Data Mining?  —  Today's New York Times reports that "the 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 …
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Alan S. Blinder / New York Times:
The Under-Taxed Kings of Private Equity  —  AN arcane debate is raging in Congress over the appropriate taxation of the bountiful incomes of people who manage private-equity and hedge funds — incomes that can range into the hundreds of millions a year.  I don't recommend trying to master …
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 …
Niall Ferguson / Telegraph:
Worry about bread, not oil  —  The great demographer and economist Thomas Malthus was 23-years-old the last time a British summer was this rain-soaked, which was back in 1789.  The consequences of excessive rainfall in the late 18th century were predictable.
Discussion: Tim Worstall and The Corner
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 …
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Column Prompts a Dressing-Down  —  How did it come to this?  Hillary Clinton's cleavage leading off the ombudsman's column?  —  The Post got thousands of angry letters and calls last week — the vast majority from women — in response to a July 20 Style column by Fashion Editor Robin Givhan …
 
 
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New York Post:
THE KOW-TOW CLUB  —  The Democratic presidential race has devolved …
PBS:
About the Show  —  Was there a White House plot to illegally suppress votes in 2004?
Telegraph:
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
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Garry Kasparov / Opinion Journal:
Don Putin  —  To understand today's Russia, read "The Godfather."
L. Brent Bozell III / Media Research Center:
Where Are the Admirable Athletes?  —  Michael Vick has done something …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
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