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11:00 AM 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.
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
What's Missing in this Column?
Hindrocket / Power Line:   "A WAR WE JUST MIGHT WIN"
TigerHawk:   Credibility  —  Kenneth Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon of Brookings …
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
General Petraeus rebuts Iraq row claim
Discussion: Anything They Say and Reuters
Washington Post:
Gonzales's Truthfulness Long Disputed  —  Claims of Misstatements to Shield Bush Stretch Back a Decade  —  When Alberto R. Gonzales was asked during his January 2005 confirmation hearing whether the Bush administration would ever allow wiretapping of U.S. citizens without warrants …
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
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
How does Gonzales hang on?
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Next Hurrah
Eric Pfeiffer / Washington Times:
Senators warn Gonzales he must clarify testimony
Discussion: CNN
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  —  Ingmar Bergman, an Academy Award-winning Swedish writer-director whose name came to define an entire genre of stark movies about the human condition, such as "The Seventh Seal," "Wild Strawberries" and "Persona," has died at his home at the age of 89, Swedish media reported Monday.
Louise Nordstrom / Associated Press:
Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman dies at 89
Discussion: Rising Hegemon and Eschaton
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 …
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 …
Jim Loney / Reuters:
Study blames climate change for hurricane rise
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Bush's Turkish Gamble  —  The morass in Iraq and deepening difficulties in Afghanistan have not deterred the Bush administration from taking on a dangerous and questionable new secret operation.  High-level U.S. officials are working with their Turkish counterparts on a joint military operation …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] An Immoral Philosophy  —  What kind of philosophy says that it's O.K. to subsidize insurance companies, but not to provide health care to children?
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Iran opens doors of nuclear plant  —  The rush to process uranium is to generate electricity, officials tell Julian Borger in Isfahan.  But there are no power stations  —  In the bowels of Iran's uranium conversion facility in Isfahan strands of black and red wire stretch from the concrete wall …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cream of the crop take note  —  Each morning in Washington, D.C., around dawn, three men wake up and concoct their versions of conventional wisdom for an audience of Beltway political professionals and junkies around the  —  country.  —  They are Rick Klein, the author of ABC News's pioneering tipsheet …
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.
Robin Toner / New York Times:
Anti-Abortion Leaders Size Up G.O.P. Candidates  —  After 30 years of political organizing within the Republican Party, the anti-abortion movement has won a series of victories in legislatures and courts and stands tantalizingly close to winning even more.  But these are anxious days for the movement.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
In Baghdad, Justice Behind the Barricades  —  Iraqi guards patrolling the Rule of Law Complex recently.  The heavily guarded compound provides shelter for Iraqi judges and their families, and a place to try those considered to be the most dangerous suspects.  More Photos >
Los Angeles Times:
Soccer title brings rare gift: Iraq unity
Discussion: Informed Comment
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Janny Scott / New York Times:
In Illinois, Obama Proved Pragmatic and Shrewd
Discussion: Slate
Noel Sheppard /
Shocking 'Chris Matthews' Discussion: Maybe We Shouldn't Leave Iraq
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Is McCain back? The underdog fights on
Discussion: Centerfield
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
NGOs report humanitarian crisis in Iraq
Discussion: On Deadline and AMERICAblog
Roger Cliff / San Diego Union-Tribune:
China's challenge  —  U.S., European strategy must adjust to confront
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Blogger fest a magnet for liberal politicos
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:
In Opposing Tax Plan, Schumer Breaks With Party