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5:20 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney On Whether He Ordered Hospital Visit To Ashcroft: I Have 'No Recollection'  —  On Sunday, Josh Marshall pointed out that the New York Times editorial on the potential need to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that "Vice President Dick Cheney sent Mr. Gonzales and another official …
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Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Appears to Have Enough Votes to Clinch Deal  —  News Corp. is poised to win control of Dow Jones & Co., including its flagship publication, The Wall Street Journal, after a key Bancroft trust changed its mind and decided to accept News Corp.'s $60-a-share offer for the newspaper publisher.
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New York Times:
Murdoch Seen to Win Control of Dow Jones  —  Rupert Murdoch appeared today to have gained enough support from the deeply divided Bancroft family to buy Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, for $5 billion.  —  Family members and trusts representing about 32 percent …
CNBC.com:
CNBC's Faber: News Corp. to Succeed In Buying Dow Jones  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will succeed in its months-long effort to acquire Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, CNBC's David Faber reported.  —  A definitive agreement is expected as early as tonight, Faber said, citing people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Macsmind and Media Blog
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New York Magazine:
Giuliani Backs Hillary — and He Matches
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Stevens threatens to block ethics bill  —  Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, whose home back in Alaska was raided by federal investigators Monday in a wide-ranging corruption investigation, has threatened to place a hold on the Democratic-drafted ethics legislation just passed by the House and expected on the Senate floor by week's end.
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Anchorage Daily News:
Warrant served at Ted Stevens' Girdwood home  —  FBI, IRS examine residence; remodeling job under scrutiny  —  Federal law enforcement agents raided U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' Alaska home in Girdwood on Monday, hauling off undisclosed items from inside and taking extensive pictures and video.
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
New Polls: IA, NH, SC  —  ARG is out with a new round of '08 polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  All surveys were conducted July 26-30.  Headlines on the Democratic side: Obama has moved into a tie with Clinton in New Hampshire and surged ahead of her in South Carolina, while Richardson is up and Edwards is down in Iowa.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
New Polls: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Sept. 10 in Waziristan  —  The National Intelligence Estimate released July 17 put the problem plainly enough: Al-Qaeda has "regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability" using a new haven in the lawless frontier area of northwest Pakistan known as Waziristan.
hughhewitt.townhall.com:
New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner John Burns on Iraq, Iran and how the surge is working.  —  The Hugh Hewitt Show  —  HH: Pleased to welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show John Burns of the New York Times.  Mr. Burns, welcome, it's been about six months since we spoke, and I gather you're in Baghdad today?
Nicholas Wapshott / New York Sun:
Brown Disappoints Critics of Iraq War  —  Britain's new prime minister, Gordon Brown, has disappointed American and British critics of the war in Iraq by declaring that he believes the West is involved in a "generation-long battle" against radical Islamic terrorism, that he believes …
Discussion: TigerHawk
White House:
Interview of the Vice President by Larry King, CNN  —  Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building  —  Q We're located in the Vice Presidential Ceremonial Office; it's in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, with the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney.
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting  —  Scholars in antiquity began counting the ways that humans have sex, but they weren't so diligent in cataloging the reasons humans wanted to get into all those positions.  Darwin and his successors offered a few explanations of mating strategies …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Thompson on Horseback  —  It's a shame that Fred Thompson is too young to have played Matt Dillon, the no-nonsense marshal of Dodge City in the long-running radio and television series "Gunsmoke."  That role on the radio went to William Conrad (later TV's "Cannon") and on television to James Arness.
Discussion: MSNBC, Riehl World View and SayUncle
The Politico:
Bloggers unleash fury on optimistic op-ed  —  Brookings scholars Michael E. O'Hanlon and Kenneth M. Pollack used the most established of platforms, the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, to offer the most politically incorrect of arguments on Monday: "We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms."
 
 
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James W. Brosnan / Albuquerque Tribune:
House Ethics Committee to ask Iglesias about call from Heather Wilson
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and truthout
New York Times:
Chief Justice Released From Hospital After Seizure
Peter Graff / Reuters:
U.S. forces welcome least deadly month of Iraq push
Atheling / The Brussels Journal:
The Death of Sweden
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Why Pelosi Opposes Impeachment
The Atlantic Online:
What Is Eugenics?  —  Ezra writes that it's "very unfair" …
Hillel Halkin / New York Sun:
Remember Aliyah Bet
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Consumer Confidence Hits 6-Year High
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
When I'm 64  —  "Happy Birthday" wishes to Bill Bennett …
Associated Press:
House overwhelmingly passes ethics bill
Daphne Retter / The Hill:
UNDER THE DOME
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary on needle exchange: "As much spine as we possibly can"
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Hearing with DNI chief canceled amid FISA furor
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Thompson Disputes Taking 'Fair Tax' Pledge
Michael Yon:
Bread and a Circus, Part I of II
Discussion: PrairiePundit and Townhall.com
Rebecca Todd / Stuff.co.nz:
Carnivore sex off the menu