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2:35 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 …
Obama to Deliver Bold Speech About War on Terror  —  Presidential Candidate to Push Aggressive Stance Toward Pakistan  —  In a strikingly bold speech about terrorism scheduled for this morning, Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will call not only for a withdrawal …
Michelle Malkin:
Barack Obama: Macho man  —  Scroll down for updates...Via Obama's website, here are the full prepared remarks of his Macho'll be able to watch the speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center here.  —  Looks like the laughingstock Democrat presidential candidates have been eating their Wheaties.
Stephen Collinson / Agence France Presse:
Obama issues Pakistan terror warning
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Widens Poll Lead By Using Experience Card
Discussion: MyDD and
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Giuliani picks up four more endorsements from members
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
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
James Risen / New York Times:
Democrats Scrambling to Expand Eavesdropping  —  Under pressure from President Bush, Democratic leaders in Congress are scrambling to pass legislation this week to expand the government's electronic wiretapping powers.  —  Democratic leaders have expressed a new willingness to work …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
NSA Spying Part of Broader Effort
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
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 …
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
Jerusalem Post:
Hizbullah officer: We would've given up  —  "The cease-fire acted as a life jacket for the organization [at the end of the Second Lebanon War]," a Hizbullah officer said in an interview aired by Channel 10 on Tuesday.  —  In the interview, the unnamed officer said Hizbullah gunmen …
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: MSNBC, New York Magazine, Hot Air and Gawker
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
Michelle Malkin:
South Korean Christian hostage crisis: Rescue attempt reported... "The operation has started"...Refuted?  Update: Reuters withdraws rescue report Update: More conflicting reports Update: 1:30pm Eastern...The final deadline?  —  Here's the latest video report of a reported rescue operation …
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