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7:45 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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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.
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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.
Atrios / Eschaton:
HULK SMASH DANA BASH
Discussion: Think Progress
Matt / Think Progress:
Cheney On Whether He Ordered Hospital Visit To Ashcroft: I Have 'No Recollection'  —  On Sunday, Josh Marshall pointed out that the New York Times editorial on the potential need to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that "Vice President Dick Cheney sent Mr. Gonzales and another official …
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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.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 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 …
CNBC.com:
CNBC's Faber: News Corp. to Succeed In Buying Dow Jones
Discussion: Macsmind and Media Blog
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Ari Berman / The Nation:
Why Pelosi Opposes Impeachment  —  If she were not in the House—and not Speaker of the House—Nancy Pelosi says she "would probably advocate" impeaching President Bush.  —  But given her current role as party leader, at a breakfast with progressive journalists today (named …
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CNN:   Cheney: Attorneys firing flap 'a witch hunt'
Alicia Mundy / Seattle Times:
Inslee leading effort to impeach Gonzales
Faiz / Think Progress:
Breaking: White House releases letter on NSA program.  —  After missing the noon deadline imposed by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the White House has released a statement seeking to resolve the discrepancies in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' contradictory statements about the NSA warrantless wiretapping program.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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: Wake up America and TigerHawk
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph Blogs:
What Bush and Brown really meant
Discussion: Best of Both Worlds
Mike Stark / Daily Kos:
I just returned from Falafel Bill's house  —  After O'Reilly provided an "accountability moment" to the JetBlue CEO at his home, I decided to provide O'Reilly with his own accountability moment at his home.  —  I've just returned to home base.  —  I've got video of O'Reilly in his sleepwear (red shorts and a white t-shirt).
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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.
Atheling / The Brussels Journal:
The Death of Sweden  —  I still get questions as to why I, being Norwegian, write more about Sweden than I do about my own country.  First of all: I do write about Norway sometimes.  And second of all: If you look at capital cities alone, Oslo could quite possibly be the worst city in Scandinavia.
 
 
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Snowman Video In YouTube Debate Chills Some Politicos
Discussion: Gristmill
The Raw Story:
'Conflict' keeps Rumsfeld from Tillman hearing
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
American Home Can't Fund Mortgages, Shares Plummet
Discussion: eyeon08.com
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
More Yahoo! China documents emerge
Discussion: Dui Hua
James W. Brosnan / Albuquerque Tribune:
House Ethics Committee to ask Iglesias about call from Heather Wilson
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and truthout
Peter Graff / Reuters:
U.S. forces welcome least deadly month of Iraq push
The Politico:
Bloggers unleash fury on optimistic op-ed
 Earlier Items: 
The Atlantic Online:
What Is Eugenics?  —  Ezra writes that it's "very unfair" …
Hillel Halkin / New York Sun:
Remember Aliyah Bet
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Consumer Confidence Hits 6-Year High
Discussion: QandO and NewsBusters.org
The Corner:
When I'm 64  —  "Happy Birthday" wishes to Bill Bennett …
Discussion: Power Line
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Thompson on Horseback  —  It's a shame that Fred Thompson …
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Whys of Mating: 237 Reasons and Counting
Sean O'Neill / Times of London:
Guantanamo cell is better than freedom, says inmate fighting against release
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Hearing with DNI chief canceled amid FISA furor