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8:40 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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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.
Atrios / Eschaton:
HULK SMASH DANA BASH
Discussion: Think Progress
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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.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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
Discussion: Macsmind and Media Blog
Lauren Rich Fine / The Huffington Post:
The Devil You Know  —  One can forgive the Bancroft family …
Discussion: Romenesko
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING... Home Depot dumps O'Reilly: "We will not... advertise on the Bill O'Reilly show"  —  Home Depot seems to have had a change of heart.  They're now unequivocally telling their customers that they will not advertise on Bill O'Reilly's show.  Oddly, however, they're now also claiming …
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Mike Stark / Daily Kos:
I just returned from Falafel Bill's house  —  After O'Reilly provided an "accountability moment" to the JetBlue CEO at his home, I decided to provide O'Reilly with his own accountability moment at his home.  —  I've just returned to home base.  —  I've got video of O'Reilly in his sleepwear (red shorts and a white t-shirt).
The Raw Story:
'Conflict' keeps Rumsfeld from Tillman hearing  —  Update: This story has been updated to reflect comment from the Oversight Committee's Republican staff.  Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will not testify at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on the friendly fire death …
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Matt / Think Progress:
Specter: McConnell Letter Doesn't Cut It, Waiting To Hear Directly From Gonzales  —  Yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, gave the Bush administration until noon today "to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's congressional testimony."
Discussion: The Hill
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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: Wake up America and TigerHawk
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Matthew Sanchez / Matt Sanchez:
BEAUCHAMP  —  After a helicopter ride around Baghdad, this afternoon I arrived at Forward Operating Base Falcon, where the mood was somber.  The Army has begun an official investigation into The New Republic articles of the "Baghdad Diarist", Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Why Pelosi Opposes Impeachment  —  If she were not in the House—and not Speaker of the House—Nancy Pelosi says she "would probably advocate" impeaching President Bush.  —  But given her current role as party leader, at a breakfast with progressive journalists today (named …
 
 
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Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Giuliani camp calls Judith profile "hatchet job"
Discussion: Hot Air
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Snowman Video In YouTube Debate Chills Some Politicos
Discussion: Gristmill
Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
American Home Can't Fund Mortgages, Shares Plummet
Discussion: eyeon08.com
James W. Brosnan / Albuquerque Tribune:
House Ethics Committee to ask Iglesias about call from Heather Wilson
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and truthout
Peter Graff / Reuters:
U.S. forces welcome least deadly month of Iraq push
Atheling / The Brussels Journal:
The Death of Sweden
The Politico:
Bloggers unleash fury on optimistic op-ed
The Atlantic Online:
What Is Eugenics?  —  Ezra writes that it's "very unfair" …
 Earlier Items: 
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Consumer Confidence Hits 6-Year High
Discussion: QandO and NewsBusters.org
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
New Polls: IA, NH, SC
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Thompson on Horseback  —  It's a shame that Fred Thompson …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary on needle exchange: "As much spine as we possibly can"
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Guantanamo cell is better than freedom, says inmate fighting against release
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Hearing with DNI chief canceled amid FISA furor
hughhewitt.townhall.com:
New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner John Burns on Iraq …
 

 
From Mediagazer:

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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