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2:53 AM ET, July 30, 2007

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Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
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 …
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BBC:
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
I don't want...  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: Daily Kos
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Kagro X / Daily Kos:
Ellen Tauscher versus the Constitution  —  Daily Kos reader EmilyD reports writing to her Congresswoman, Ellen Tauscher, to urge support for the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  Take a look at how Tauscher answered: … This is a goddamn embarrassment.
Matt / Think Progress:
Conservatives Refuse To Appear On Fox News To Publicly Defend Gonzales
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Proposal To CNN  —  The Republican reluctance to engage in the scheduled September YouTube debate has created a fierce debate in the blogosphere, including something of a civil war at Hugh Hewitt's Townhall blog.  Hugh himself has adamantly insisted that Republican candidates eschew …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Strike Up The Band  —  On the Stephanopoulos bobble head roundtable this morning, Cokie Roberts raised the baton and started the drumbeat: the Democrats risk moving waaaaay too far to the left and that is going to be a biiiiig problem for them "just like it was in Vietnam."  Yes, she said it out loud.
Ynetnews:
Sudan: Jews behind Darfur conflict  —  Sudanese defense minister says '24 Jewish organizations fueling conflict in Darfur'  —  Sudan's defense minister, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has accused "24 Jewish organizations" of "fueling the conflict in Darfur" last week in an interview with a Saudi newspaper.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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
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.
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.
New York Times:
Schumer Shows Support for Wall Street  —  June was a busy month for Senator Charles E. Schumer.  On the phone, at large parties and small gatherings around the nation, he raised more than $1 million from the booming private equity and hedge fund industries for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, of which he is chairman.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Pace U's Koran-flusher: Examining the (presumptive) charges; Update: Unconstitutional?  —  The word from LGF is that he's being charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment.  Fair or not?  Let's look at the statutes.  —  Criminal mischief is section 145 of the NYS Penal Code.
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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  —  Documentary by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack … If An Inconvenient Truth could be considered The Wizard of Oz of environmental documentaries, then A Crude Awakening would have be considered the Rosemary's Baby of that same genre.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Official: U.N. troop standards too low  —  VIENNA, Austria — U.N. standards for selecting peacekeepers are too low, and soldiers from countries whose armies are suspected of abuse should not be considered for peacekeeping duty, the U.N.'s chief anti-torture investigator said.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
 
 
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