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12:15 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Norwegianity
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Dean Barnett /   If They've Lost Brookings...  There are two interesting things on the Internets today.
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
An NYT article on Iraq
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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:
Film great Ingmar Bergman dies at 89
Discussion: Rising Hegemon and Eschaton
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 …
Opinion Journal:
The Real Wiretapping Scandal
Discussion: Who Is IOZ? and PrairiePundit
CNN:   Ex-official: Gonzales testimony 'splitting hairs'
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.
Jim Loney / Reuters:
Study blames climate change for hurricane rise
Discussion: Wizbang
Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
Clinton, Obama and the experience question  —  The Clinton-Obama dustup wasn't just the usual campaign sparring.  It raised key questions about what 'experience' means when it comes to being president.  —  Does Barack Obama have have enough experience to be president?
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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 …
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Is McCain back?  The underdog fights on  —  McCain, now an underdog, likes where he finds himself.  —  John McCain has been campaigning in New Hampshire for months, but when he took the stage last week at a town-hall meeting in Keene, it felt like a reunion tour.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Centerfield
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
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 …
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