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7:40 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.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DOG ATE MY CONSTITUTION  —  I don't want to get into a back and forth about whether it makes sense or sense yet to impeach Alberto Gonzales.  But I assume we all agree that members of Congress should have a good enough working knowledge of the constitution to know how impeachment works.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Kagro X / Daily Kos:   Ellen Tauscher versus the Constitution
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  —  MIAMI (Reuters) - The number of Atlantic hurricanes in an average season has doubled in the last century due in part to warmer seas and changing wind patterns caused by global warming, according to a study released on Sunday.
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
Dan Glaister / Guardian:
US accused of fuelling arms race with $20bn Arab weapons sale  —  The Bush administration is facing claims that it is fuelling an arms race in the Middle East following the disclosure of a plan to sell $20bn (£9.8bn) of advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
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.
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Thomas Wagner / Associated Press:
NGOs report humanitarian crisis in Iraq  —  LONDON - About 8 million Iraqis — nearly a third of the population — need immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, relief agencies said Monday.  —  Those Iraqis are in urgent need of water, sanitation …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
Discussion: The RBC
Mesopotamia: The Champions of Asia  —  I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said hat today has been as exciting as one of those election days in Baghdad.  Our national soccer team is playing for the Asian cup for the first time in its history.  By comparison this is as if the American team …
Iraqis celebrate football victory
Discussion: Harry's Place
Peter Gelling / New York Times:
On Eve of Asian Cup Final, Iraq Is the Proud Underdog
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
General Petraeus rebuts Iraq row claim  —  America's top general in Iraq yesterday quashed reports of a breakdown in his relationship with Iraq's prime minister over American support for Sunni Muslim fighters battling al-Qa'eda.  —  General David Petraeus poured scorn on a claim …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Blogger fest a magnet for liberal politicos  —  The second annual gathering of the Daily Kos political blog starts this week in Chicago, and here's all you need to know about how influential the YearlyKos convention has become: Five top presidential candidates are going …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Roger Cliff / San Diego Union-Tribune:
China's challenge  —  U.S., European strategy must adjust to confront  —  Military power in Asia  —  Ever since China test-fired ballistic missiles into the ocean near Taiwan in 1995 and 1996, many analysts and commentators have sounded the alarm about the threat of China's military power.
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New York Times:
In Opposing Tax Plan, Schumer Breaks With Party
Discussion: Washington Monthly
William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Official: U.N. troop standards too low
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jason Steck / The Moderate Voice:
What is a "Nerd"?  —  Mary Bucholtz of the University of California …
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Coalition of Evangelicals Voices Support for Palestinian State
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Mark Groubert / Crooks and Liars:
A Crude Awakening  —  C&L July Film of the Month: A CRUDE AWAKENING The Oil Crash
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:
After the Next 9/11  —  Americans are stupid about risk, me included.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Strike Up The Band  —  On the Stephanopoulos bobble head roundtable …
Sudan: Jews behind Darfur conflict
Discussion: PrairiePundit and
Angus Shaw / Associated Press:
Zimbabwe's Leader Says He'll Print More Cash
TRex / Firedoglake:
The Toxic Twins
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
MTP: Harwood Likens Hillary's Cleavage To Barry Bond's Doping
Edythe Jensen / Arizona Republic:
Abandoned homes concern city officials