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2:40 PM ET, July 30, 2007


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New York Times:
A War We Just Might Win  —  VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal.  The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The really smart, serious, credible Iraq experts O'Hanlon and Pollack  —  (updated below)  —  What is the most vivid and compelling evidence of how broken our political system is?  It is that the exact same people who urged us into the war in Iraq, were wrong in everything they said …
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
What's Missing in this Column?  —  I agree with many, but not all, of the conclusions Ken Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon reach in this NY Times column, but you really can't write a piece about the wae in Iraq and devote only two sentences to the political situation, which is disastrous and …
Opinion Journal:
The Real Wiretapping Scandal  —  Our Terrorist Surveillance Program isn't as effective it was a few months ago.  Where's the outrage?  —  Last Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—at which Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was insulted by senators and ridiculed by spectators—was Washington political theater at its lowest.
Discussion: Who Is IOZ? and PrairiePundit
Washington Post:
Gonzales's Truthfulness Long Disputed
CNN:   Ex-official: Gonzales testimony 'splitting hairs'
Mervyn Rothstein / New York Times:
Ingmar Bergman, Famed Director, Dies at 89  —  Ingmar Bergman, the "poet with the camera" who is considered one of the greatest directors in motion picture history, died today on the small island of Faro where he lived on the Baltic coast of Sweden, Astrid Soderbergh Widding, president of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, said.
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Swedish Film Director Ingmar Bergman Dies at 89
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Fred's funds raise fear of flop  —  Fred Thompson plans to announce Tuesday that his committee to test the waters for a Republican presidential campaign raised slightly more than $3 million in June, substantially less than some backers had hoped, according to Republican sources.
Surveillance Cameras Win Broad Support  —  Majority of Americans Favor Extra Safety Factor of Cameras  —  Crime-fighting beats privacy in public places: Americans, by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, support the increased use of surveillance cameras — a measure decried by some civil libertarians …
Michael J. Totten:
Baghdad Raid Night  —  BAGHDAD - "We want to use you as bait," Sergeant Eduardo Ojeda from Los Angeles, California, told me before I embedded with his unit on what was shaping up to be a night raid.  —  "Excellent," I said.  "That's why I'm here."  —  This is what passes for black Army humor in Baghdad.
Taliban: Male hostage shot dead  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Taliban kidnappers shot dead a male South Korean hostage on Monday, a spokesman said, accusing the Afghan government of not listening to rebel demands.  —  "We shot dead a male captive because the government did not listen to our demands …
USA Today:
Study links more hurricanes, climate change  —  The number of hurricanes that strike each year has more than doubled over the past century, an increase tied to global warming, according to a study released Sunday.  —  "We're seeing a quite substantial increase in hurricanes over the last century …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
GLOBAL OPTIMISM, AMERICAN PESSIMISM  —  At Real Clear Politics, Michael Barone dissects the latest Pew Global Attitudes survey.  There is some specific good news about attitudes in Muslim countries: … More broadly, what is striking is how much optimism is reflected in the survey, world-wide.
Discussion: Argghhh!
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Our National Funk
Discussion: neo-neocon
The Corner:
Abolish Tenure  —  Should we eliminate academic tenure?  Yes.  I have no principled objection to tenure.  Under the right circumstances, it can function as intended, to protect the marketplace of ideas.  Unfortunately, in the hands of political ideologues, tenure turns into an incredibly efficient tool …
David French / New York Post:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A True Political Partner  —  John Edwards's Wife Has Helped Shape His Presidential Bid and Often Shares Its Spotlight  —  Aboard a small chartered jet, Elizabeth Edwards — lawyer, mother, author, cancer patient, candidate's wife — was flying recently from New Hampshire to Iowa.
New York Post:
NERVY JUDITH RATTLED HILLARY  —  JUDITH Giuliani is an opportunistic, puppy-killing homewrecker who has a full-time hairstylist and needs an extra seat on planes for "Baby Louis," her Louis Vuitton handbag - at least according to a hatchet job on the former mayor's wife in the September issue of Vanity Fair.
George Pascoe-Watson / The Sun:
PM hails Bush's leadership  —  Tee cosy ... Brown & Bush in Camp David golf buggy  —  GORDON Brown last night praised George Bush for leading the global war on terror — saying the world owed America a huge debt.  —  The Prime Minister vowed to take Winston Churchill's lead and make Britain's ties with America even stronger.
Alexis Simendinger / National Journal:
Who's Making What In The White House  —  President Bush's senior-most aides — staff members like Karl Rove who hold the coveted title of "assistant to the president" — received a $2,800 cost-of-living wage hike in the past year to earn a top pay rate of $168,000, according to an internal White House list …
Discussion: The Swamp and On Deadline
Rob Hotakainen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congress eyes pay raise for itself  —  WASHINGTON — After raising the minimum wage by 70 cents an hour this week, many members of Congress are ready to give themselves a pay increase of roughly $4,400 per year.  —  That would take their annual salaries to nearly $170,000.
Discussion: The Swamp
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
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Discussion: Who Is IOZ?
Los Angeles Times:
Parents still seek the elusive 'right' school
Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney To Make First Larry King Live Appearance Tomorrow Since 'Last Throes' Comment
Washington Post:
U.S. Pledges $20B in Arms to Middle East
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Interior Ministry mirrors chaos of a fractured Iraq
Discussion: Needlenose and The Newshoggers
Channel '08:
Will the GOP YouTube Debate Be Postponed?
Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
Clinton, Obama and the experience question
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Some Immigration Bills Aim for Little Victories
 Earlier Items: 
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Whose Ox Is Gored
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cream of the crop take note
Janny Scott / New York Times:
In Illinois, Obama Proved Pragmatic and Shrewd
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Is McCain back? The underdog fights on
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Bush's Turkish Gamble
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Iran opens doors of nuclear plant
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Anti-Abortion Leaders Size Up G.O.P. Candidates