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11:25 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.
Michelle Malkin:
Feds raid Senate Republican porker's home
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Discussion: MSNBC
Deacon / Power Line:
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 …
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
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
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 …
Rebecca Todd /
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 …
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" …
British army ends Ulster operation  —  Matthew Weaver and agencies  —  The British army's longest continuous military operation comes to an end at midnight tonight when responsibility for security in Northern Ireland passes to the police.  —  Operation Banner lasted 38 years …
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