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3:50 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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Think Progress:
White House Misses Noon Deadline For Gonzales Testimony  —  Yesterday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) gave the "Bush administration 18 hours to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's congressional testimony" about domestic spying programs.  Specter stated:
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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 …
CNN:   Committee wants details of NSA data-mining
CNBC.com:
CNBC's Faber: News Corp. to Succeed In Buying Dow Jones  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will succeed in its months-long effort to acquire Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, CNBC's David Faber reported.  —  A definitive agreement is expected as early as tonight, Faber said, citing people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Macsmind and Media Blog
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Appears to Have Enough Votes to Clinch Deal  —  News Corp. is poised to win control of Dow Jones & Co., including its flagship publication, The Wall Street Journal, after a key Bancroft trust changed its mind and decided to accept News Corp.'s $60-a-share offer for the newspaper publisher.
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New York Magazine:   Giuliani Backs Hillary — and He Matches
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 …
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
New Polls: IA, NH, SC  —  ARG is out with a new round of '08 polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  All surveys were conducted July 26-30.  Headlines on the Democratic side: Obama has moved into a tie with Clinton in New Hampshire and surged ahead of her in South Carolina, while Richardson is up and Edwards is down in Iowa.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
New Polls: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
The Politico:
Bloggers unleash fury on optimistic op-ed  —  Brookings scholars Michael E. O'Hanlon and Kenneth M. Pollack used the most established of platforms, the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, to offer the most politically incorrect of arguments on Monday: "We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms."
Discussion: New Yorker
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Dick 'Fourth Branch' Cheney strikes again  —  We all had a good laugh last month when Dick Cheney's office argued, in all sincerity, that the Vice President could ignore executive orders because he's not part of the executive branch of government.  Eventually, the Bush gang dropped the argument …
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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.
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?
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting  —  Scholars in antiquity began counting the ways that humans have sex, but they weren't so diligent in cataloging the reasons humans wanted to get into all those positions.  Darwin and his successors offered a few explanations of mating strategies …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary on needle exchange: "As much spine as we possibly can"  —  There are few differences between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on details of domestic policy, but previously unreported exchanges at recent New York meetings revealed one.  Obama favors federal funding …
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: TigerHawk
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Thompson on Horseback  —  It's a shame that Fred Thompson is too young to have played Matt Dillon, the no-nonsense marshal of Dodge City in the long-running radio and television series "Gunsmoke."  That role on the radio went to William Conrad (later TV's "Cannon") and on television to James Arness.
Discussion: Riehl World View, MSNBC and SayUncle
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Consumer Confidence Hits 6-Year High  —  Consumer Confidence Rebounds in July to 6-Year High Amid Healthy Employment Outlook  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer confidence hit a six-year high in July, a widely watched gauge of sentiment showed on Tuesday, as Americans shrugged off falling home prices …
Discussion: QandO and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
What Is Eugenics?  —  Ezra writes that it's "very unfair" …
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Hillel Halkin / New York Sun:
Remember Aliyah Bet
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Snow: Letter on Gonzales Testimony Coming Later
The Corner:
When I'm 64  —  "Happy Birthday" wishes to Bill Bennett …
Associated Press:
House overwhelmingly passes ethics bill
Daphne Retter / The Hill:
UNDER THE DOME
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Guantanamo cell is better than freedom, says inmate fighting against release
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
War, chaos and Bush's faith
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Hearing with DNI chief canceled amid FISA furor
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Kenneth Starr's Law Firm Gives More Money to Clinton
Discussion: New York Times, Wonkette and MSNBC
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Thompson Disputes Taking 'Fair Tax' Pledge
Michael Yon:
Bread and a Circus, Part I of II
Discussion: Townhall.com and PrairiePundit
Rebecca Todd / Stuff.co.nz:
Carnivore sex off the menu
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman escalates attack on Iraq critics