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11:30 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.
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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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:   "A WAR WE JUST MIGHT WIN"
Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:   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
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 …
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Alexis Simendinger / National Journal:
Who's Making What In The White House
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.
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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
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.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Jim Loney / Reuters:
Study blames climate change for hurricane rise
Discussion: Wizbang
ABCNEWS:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Andrew Bolt / NEWS.com.au:
Brown sticks by Bush, and let the Left weep  —  This will make the critics who jeered the departing Tony Blair choke: … It wasn't a personal whim of Blair's to have Britain back the US and its fight against Islamist extremism.  To Brown it was no more than plain sense.
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New York Times:   British Prime Minister Holds Talks With Bush
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC to Rule on Wireless Auction  —  Lobbying Intense As Google Seeks To Open Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission will set the rules tomorrow governing the auction of $15 billion of public airwaves, a decision with stakes so high that the major U.S. cellular carriers and Google …
 
 
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MSNBC:
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Discussion: Slate
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Discussion: On Deadline and AMERICAblog
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