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11:05 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 …
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 …
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.
R.A. Dillon / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Young feeling heat on the Hill
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Fox News:
Sen. Ted Stevens' Renovated Home Searched by FBI, IRS
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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  —  Vice President Cheney said yesterday that he disagreed with the jury's verdict in the trial of his former chief of staff, who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation into the Bush administration's leak …
Discussion: MSNBC
Deacon / Power Line:
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Freeze! D.C. lawmen feud over Gonzo
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
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 …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and QandO
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Ellison: Progress Is Being Made  —  When Michael O'Hanlon …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:   Liberal, Democrat, Muslim Congressman Begged To Fight al-Qaeda
Chief justice likely to leave hospital today  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush called U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts at a Maine hospital Tuesday morning, and reported that Roberts "sounded like he was in good spirits," according to White House spokesman Tony Snow.
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
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.
Discussion: Three Wise Men and PrairiePundit
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ron Paul: Let bounty hunters get bin Laden
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.
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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Approaching Ames  —  The Ames Straw poll is now just days away.  And, while three of the four leading Republican contenders — John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson — have signaled they will not participate in the traditional early organizational test, they could have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome.
Discussion: TIME and Iowa Voice
'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" …
Daily Mail:
Muslims protest over pet food factory that could 'rain down' pork  —  A group of Muslims have opposed plans for a pet food factory to be built as possible pork emissions will violate their religious rights.  —  Butchers Pet Care could shelve plans for a factory in Coton Park, near Rugby …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
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Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq's parliament adjourns without passing key laws
Discussion: Think Progress
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Thompson Disputes Taking 'Fair Tax' Pledge
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Falafel Day  —  Line 78, in which the falafel appears.
Elana Schor / The Hill:
Dems unveil ethics plan
Discussion: The Gate
Agence France Presse:
US House wants Japanese sex slaves apology
Discussion: Eteraz.Org
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards applies full-court press against media
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman escalates attack on Iraq critics
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Eric Harrison / Houston Chronicle:
Channel 13's Marvin Zindler dies at 85
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