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5:50 PM ET, July 31, 2007

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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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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  —  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 Magazine:
Giuliani Backs Hillary — and He Matches
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.
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
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph Blogs:
What Bush and Brown really meant
Discussion: Best of Both Worlds
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
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.
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?
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 …
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: MSNBC, Riehl World View 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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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
More Yahoo! China documents emerge
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Mike Stark / Daily Kos:
I just returned from Falafel Bill's house
Discussion: Wonkette and National Review
James W. Brosnan / Albuquerque Tribune:
House Ethics Committee to ask Iglesias about call from Heather Wilson
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and truthout
New York Times:
Chief Justice Is Released From Hospital
Peter Graff / Reuters:
U.S. forces welcome least deadly month of Iraq push
Atheling / The Brussels Journal:
The Death of Sweden
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Why Pelosi Opposes Impeachment
The Politico:
Bloggers unleash fury on optimistic op-ed
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The Atlantic Online:
What Is Eugenics?  —  Ezra writes that it's "very unfair" …
Hillel Halkin / New York Sun:
Remember Aliyah Bet
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Corner:
When I'm 64  —  "Happy Birthday" wishes to Bill Bennett …
Daphne Retter / The Hill:
UNDER THE DOME
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
Michael Yon:
Bread and a Circus, Part I of II
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