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3:10 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 …
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Welcome, thank you.  It's good to have you here.  So everybody is wondering whether or not the Prime Minister and I were able to find common ground, to get along, to have a meaningful discussion.
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.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:   Bush, Brown Present United Front on Iraq
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Taliban kills South Korean hostage: spokesman
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
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
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?
The Brody File:
Exclusive: Barack Obama E-mails The Brody File  —  It's not everyday that Barack Obama stops by The Brody File but over the weekend he sent me an e-mail.  —  A few weeks ago, the Obama campaign asked us to submit a few questions, and they said Barack Obama would personally answer them.
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.
weak tea indeed: democratic leaders water down ethics & earmark reform bill  —  Porkbusters obtained the latest version of the "Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007'', and as expected, the Democratic leadership has worked some funny business to dilute some of the Act's key provisions.
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk
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.
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
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Senate Ethics Bill Falls Short
The Corner:
Abolish Tenure  —  Should we eliminate academic tenure?  Yes.
Discussion: New York Post
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Pub to open tomorrow
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 Billions in Arms, Aid to Middle East
 Earlier Items: 
Rob Hotakainen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congress eyes pay raise for itself
Discussion: The Swamp
Channel '08:
Will the GOP YouTube Debate Be Postponed?
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Whose Ox Is Gored
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cream of the crop take note
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Is McCain back? The underdog fights on
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Bush's Turkish Gamble
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Iran opens doors of nuclear plant