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1:10 PM ET, August 1, 2007


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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama might send troops into Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would possibly send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive.
Remarks of Senator Obama: The War We Need to Win  —  Thank you Lee, for hosting me here at the Wilson Center, and for your leadership of both the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group.  You have been a steady voice of reason in an unsteady time.  —  Let me also say that my thoughts …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama's speech: No mention of "war on terror"
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Messiah: Hey, let's invade Pakistan
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   Obama's JFK Strategy
Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch Wins His Bid for Dow Jones  —  Bancroft Family Agrees  —  To $5 Billion Offer  —  After Deal on Fees  —  A New Owner for Journal  —  A century of Bancroft-family ownership at Dow Jones & Co. is over.  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sealed a $5 billion agreement to purchase …
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
1,028 Economists Oppose Protectionist Policies  —  In 1930, Congress passed and President Hoover signed into law the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.  At the time, this protectionist measure was vigorously opposed by 1,028 of the nation's top economists.  They rightly predicted the tariffs would devastate the economy.
Peter S. Goodman / Washington Post:
This Time, Bill to Raise Yuan Might Pass
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
NSA Spying Part of Broader Effort  —  Intelligence Chief Says Bush Authorized Secret Activities Under One Order  —  The Bush administration's chief intelligence official said yesterday that President Bush authorized a series of secret surveillance activities under a single executive order in late 2001.
Washington Post:
U.S. Attorney Became Target After Rebuffing Justice Dept.  —  The night before the government secured a guilty plea from the manufacturer of the addictive painkiller OxyContin, a senior Justice Department official called the U.S. attorney handling the case and, at the behest of an executive for the drugmaker …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Giuliani Seeks to Transform U.S. Health Care Coverage  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani on Tuesday called for transforming the way health care coverage is provided in the United States, advocating a voluntary move from the current employer-based system to one that would grant substantial tax benefits to people who buy their own insurance.
Michelle Malkin / Real Clear Politics:
The Martyrs No One Cares About  —  The blood of innocent …
Discussion: and OneFreeKorea
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Spectators At The Genocide  —  The UN will finally intervene in Darfur, thanks to a unanimous Security Council vote last night, but it will have a restricted mandate that will essentially do nothing.  Up to 26,000 troops, primarily African, will deploy to Sudan over the next several months under …
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.N. Authorizes 26,000 Peacekeeping Troops for Darfur
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Widens Poll Lead By Using Experience Card  —  WASHINGTON — New York Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to pad her lead in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, benefiting from high marks for experience and competence, while her chief rivals lose ground and the rest …
Discussion: MyDD and
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Giuliani picks up four more endorsements from members
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Amiram Cohen / Haaretz:
U.S. checking possibility of pumping oil from northern Iraq to Haifa, via Jordan  —  The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa.  The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.
Associated Press:
Sunni Arab bloc quits Iraqi government  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, undermining Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's efforts to seek reconciliation among the country's rival factions.
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Analysis says war could cost $1 trillion  —  Budget office sees effect on taxpayers for decade  —  WASHINGTON — The war in Iraq could ultimately cost well over a trillion dollars — at least double what has already been spent — including the long-term costs of replacing damaged equipment …
Discussion: MSNBC and Donklephant
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Gordon Brown for president  —  Effective today, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is the leader of the free world and the voice of hope and change that offers the first true answer of freedom to the heinous crimes of Sept. 11, 2001.  —  In his brilliant and comprehensive comments at Camp David …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Mayor Takes the Subway — by Way of S.U.V.  —  He is public transportation's loudest cheerleader, boasting that he takes the subway "virtually every day."  He has told residents who complain about overcrowded trains to "get real" and he constantly encourages New Yorkers to follow his environmentally friendly example.
Discussion: New York Magazine, MSNBC and Gawker
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Jim VandeHei / The Politico:
Why the surge might not be stopped
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Michael Scherer / Salon:
Stalking Hillary  —  In the corner of a hotel conference room …
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Wonkette and The Crone Speaks
John Bolton / Financial Times:
Britain can't have two best friends
Rather than deny funding for Bush's initiatives, Congress …
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Matt Spetalnick / Reuters:
Cheney admits was wrong about "last throes" in Iraq
Jerusalem Post:
Hizbullah officer: We would've given up

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