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11:35 AM ET, July 31, 2007

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Dan Eggen Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Alaska Senator's Home Is Raided  —  Stevens Scrutinized In a Wide Inquiry Into Corruption in the State  —  Agents from the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service raided the Alaska home of Sen. Ted Stevens (R) yesterday as part of a broad federal investigation of political corruption in the state …
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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.
Anchorage Daily News:
FBI, IRS searching Stevens' Girdwood house
Michelle Malkin:   Feds raid Senate Republican porker's home
R.A. Dillon / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Young feeling heat on the Hill
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Short of Perjury  —  I find myself in an unaccustomed and unexpected position: defending Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  —  Gonzales fans, if there are Gonzales fans left, except for the only fan who counts: Don't take any comfort from my assessment.  —  In his Senate testimony last week …
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The Hill:
Specter: Administration has 18 hours to clarify Gonzales testimony on wiretapping  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, Arlen Specter (Pa.), emerged from a crucial Monday briefing and gave the Bush administration 18 hours to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Cheney Disputes Libby Verdict, Voices Support for Gonzales
Discussion: MSNBC
Deacon / Power Line:
DEFENDING ALBERTO GONZALES — WHY WE BOTHER
Associated Press:
Ellison returns from trip to Iraq  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Keith Ellison made a weekend trip to Iraq, where a pair of sheiks urged Congress' only Muslim lawmaker to help in countering al-Qaeda's vision of Islam.  —  Ellison, D-Minn., said he met in Ramadi in Anbar province with the two sheiks …
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Washington Post:
Clyburn: Positive Report by Petraeus Could Split House Democrats on War  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Ellison: Progress Is Being Made  —  When Michael O'Hanlon …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Michael Yon:
Bread and a Circus, Part I of II  —  [Note: Before we begin, a huge congratulations to Iraq for winning the Asian Cup in soccer.  As an American, I felt a sense of jubilation when Iraq took the title.  I have temporarily left Iraq, for my only "break" this year, and am in Singapore.
Discussion: Townhall.com and PrairiePundit
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?
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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Gary Kamiya / Salon:
War, chaos and Bush's faith  —  In the last few weeks, as the dreadful consequences of George W. Bush's "war on terror" continue to unfold in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine, a disturbing thought is rising to the surface: There may be no way to clean up the mess he has made.
Discussion: BartBlog
Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney Says He Is A 'Unique Creature,' Refuses To Say He Is Part Of Executive Branch  —  In June, House investigators revealed that Vice President Dick Cheney had exempted his office from an executive order order designed to safeguard classified national security information by claiming …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Hearing with DNI chief canceled amid FISA furor  —  House Democrats canceled Tuesday's planned hearing with Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, prompting a rebuke from Republicans who want Congress to proceed quickly on updating a key surveillance law.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rebecca Todd / Stuff.co.nz:
Carnivore sex off the menu  —  No sex, please, you're a carnivore.  —  A new phenomenon in New Zealand is taking the idea of you are what you eat to the extreme.  —  Vegansexuals are people who do not eat any meat or animal products, and who choose not to be sexually intimate …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman escalates attack on Iraq critics  —  Ever since Connecticut Democrats refused to back him for a fourth term in Congress, Joe Lieberman has been burnishing his independent credentials in the narrowly divided Senate while becoming increasingly critical of the Democratic Party on the war in Iraq.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
MSNBC:
'Untouchable' corruption in Iraq ministries  —  Report partially faults PM's office, says health ministry in 'grip' of militants  —  Supplies and medicine in strife-torn Baghdad's overcrowded hospitals have been siphoned off and sold elsewhere for profit because of "untouchable" …
 
 
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