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4:45 AM ET, August 1, 2007


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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
NSA Spying Part of Broader Effort  —  Intelligence Chief Says Bush Authorized Secret Activities Under One Order  —  The Bush administration's chief intelligence official said yesterday that President Bush authorized a series of secret surveillance activities under a single executive order in late 2001.
James Risen / New York Times:
Democrats Scrambling to Expand Eavesdropping
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and TalkLeft
Matt / Think Progress:
Specter: McConnell Letter Doesn't Cut It, Waiting To Hear Directly From Gonzales
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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.
New York Times:
Ethics Questions Plague Other Alaska Senator  —  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, has been drawn into a swirl of ethics accusations that have already brought F.B.I. scrutiny to the two other members of the state's Congressional delegation and resulted in a raid this week on the home of Senator Ted Stevens.
The Politico:   Senators handle Stevens with kid gloves
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.
Cheney: Attorneys firing flap 'a witch hunt'
Discussion: Salon and Blogs for Bush
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 …
Join Veterans in Writing President to Come Clean on Tillman
Discussion: Think Progress
Reid Wilson / Real Clear Politics:
Republicans Should Skip the YouTube Debate  —  Republican hesitancy to a YouTube debate does not stem from the party's unwillingness to engage the internet community, nor does it come from any perceived ignorance of the community's power and import.  —  In fact, Republicans are taking the internet quite seriously.
TRex / Firedoglake:   Late Nite FDL: Why the Republicans are Running From YouTube
Reuters:   Republicans' YouTube debate date in limbo
David Lat /
Biglaw and Big Politics: Which Way Does Your Firm Lean?  —  With the 2008 presidential campaign dominating the airwaves, despite being over a year away, everyone is talking about politics (and watching awesome, politically-themed music videos).  Here's a question that a law student posed to us:
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Kenneth Starr's Law Firm Gives More Money to Clinton
Discussion: Wonkette
Washington Post:
U.S. Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept.  —  The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Too uninformed to vote?  —  We test immigrants before they can go to the polls; why not everyone else?  —  Can you name all three branches of government?  Can you name even one?  Do you know who your congressman is?  Your senators?  Do you even know how many senators each state gets?
Matt Spetalnick / Reuters:
Cheney admits was wrong about "last throes" in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged on Tuesday he was wrong in 2005 when he insisted the insurgency in Iraq was in its "last throes."  —  It was Cheney's most direct public admission of how badly …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Truthdig
Amiram Cohen / Haaretz:
U.S. checking possibility of pumping oil from northern Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan  —  The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa.  The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.
Editor and Publisher:
Group to Deliver Bibles With Newspapers  —  NEW YORK Everything from detergent to computer discs is packaged with the Sunday newspaper.  So why not Bibles?  —  A Christian ministry wants to deliver custom-designed New Testaments to newspaper subscribers around the country as part of an effort …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Jessica Holzer / The Hill:
BET founder blasts 'class war' on tax  —  Democratic presidential hopefuls are "playing the class warfare card" by supporting tax increases on private-equity and hedge-fund managers, says Robert L. Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, who warns the hike would hit minority-run investment firms.
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David Stout / New York Times:
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
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Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
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Jerusalem Post:
Hizbullah officer: We would've given up
Discussion: A Blog For All
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
Discussion: First Draft
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Edwards's Campaign Tries to Harness Internet
Discussion: TalkLeft
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GOP Facing Another Wave
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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