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7:30 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.
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Mariam Karouny / Reuters:   Iraqi parliament adjourns in blow to Bush
Think Progress:
Media Falsely Labels O'Hanlon And Pollack 'Vocal Critics' Of Bush Administration
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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.
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:   Bush's New Poodle?  —  Anyone who expected the new British …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:   Bush, Brown Present United Front on Iraq
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
IMPEACH GONZALES?  —  From NBC's Mike Viqueira  —  A group of House Democrats will introduce a resolution calling on the Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  —  Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) will sponsor the measure.  It will be dropped in the hopper tomorrow.
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Inslee to introduce Gonzales impeachment tomorrow.  —  Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) is introducing legislation that would require the House Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment investigation into Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in the wake of his damaging testimony last week.
CBS News:
Cheney Hails His Pal Al  —  VP Says He's A "Big Fan" Of Embattled Attorney General  —  (CBS) Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he is a "big fan" of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  —  In a interview with CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller …
MaineCoastNOW.com Rockland, Thomaston …:
Chief Justice Roberts taken to hospital after incident … HUPPER ISLAND — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a seasonal resident of Hupper Island, located off Port Clyde, was taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport mid-day Monday.  —  St. George Ambulance responded to a call …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:   Chief Justice Roberts suffers seizure
CNN:
Chief Justice Roberts suffers seizure
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.
Hunter / Daily Kos:
Bill O'Reilly Says He Will "Destroy" Daily Kos Today  —  Today, Father Coughlin — er, sorry, frog in my throat — Bill O'Reilly is planning another in his ongoing attacks against Daily Kos and YearlyKos.  Fox News has apparently been emailing the Democratic campaigns asking them for "comment" …
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David Neiwert / Orcinus:
Bill O'Reilly, hatemonger  — by Dave  —  So Bill O'Reilly is supposed to go on air this afternoon to "destroy" Kos.  Or, as he put it on his show: … Well, it may interest O'Reilly to know that the people whose work it is to monitor hate groups in this country …
Discussion: Norwegianity and Taylor Marsh
The Atlantic Online:
The Meta-Go-Round  —  Sam Boyd notes the media's bizarre flip-flops and double-reversals on the subject of the Obama-Clinton debate spat.  The pathology he's identifying is the exact one James Fallows focuses on in the piece I plugged this morning — a pathological aversion to talk about the substance of things.
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The Politico:   Bill Clinton seeks truce with Obama
Sam Boyd / American Prospect:   The group blog of The American Prospect
Porkbusters:
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.
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Reid and Pelosi are gutting earmark reform
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Anchorage Daily News:
FBI, IRS searching Stevens' Girdwood house  —  Federal law enforcement agents are currently searching the Girdwood home of Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.  —  "All I can say is that agents from the FBI and IRS are currently conducting a search at that residence," said Dave Heller …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Mervyn Rothstein / New York Times:
Ingmar Bergman, Famed Film 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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
8 million Iraqis 'need urgent aid'
Matt Littman / The Huffington Post:
Politicians Get Free Cars & Drivers, We Get the Shaft
Discussion: LA Observed
ESPN:
Bill Walsh dies at 75; led 49ers to three Super Bowl titles
Economist:
Inventiveness  —  INVENTIVE Japan grants more patents than any other country.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
New York Times:
Rice Outlines Saudi Arms Package
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Cit-J Site NowPublic Gets A Big $10.6 Million Round of Funding
Discussion: BuzzMachine and PrezVid
The Atlantic Online:
A New Eugenics?  —  Kevin Drum, scoffing at the suggestion …
The Corner:
Abolish Tenure  —  Should we eliminate academic tenure?  Yes.
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
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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
New York Post:
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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