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4:10 PM ET, August 2, 2007


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Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press:
Hopes Dim in Minneapolis for Survivors  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Divers searched the Mississippi River for bodies Thursday among the submerged cars and twisted steel left by deadly interstate bridge collapse, their hopes of finding survivors having dimmed.  —  "This is not a rescue operation any longer …
Stephen Flynn / Popular Mechanics:
Minn. Bridge Collapse Reveals Brittle America: Expert Op-Ed  —  Yesterday's tragedy makes it clear that the U.S. has been squandering its infrastructure legacy by turning a reckless blind eye to critical upgrades, says a national security expert, former Coast Guard officer and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dan Browning / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bridge was rated 'structurally deficient' in 2005  —  The highway bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River on Wednesday was rated as "structurally deficient" two years ago and possibly in need of replacement.  —  The highway bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River on Wednesday was rated as …
Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press:
Police: More victims in submerged cars
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
White House cites deficiencies in bridge
Discussion: Attytood
The Politico:
Obama on nukes: policy or character?  (Updated)  —  The latest Obama story, from an interview with The Associated Press, isn't online yet, but get ready: It's an interview* in which Obama initially rules out the use of nuclear weapons entirely, then seems to take it back:
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Edwards assails rivals over News Corp.  —  WASHINGTON - John Edwards criticized Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday for taking more than $20,000 in donations from News Corp. officials, arguing that the company's Fox News Channel has a right-wing bias and Democrats should avoid the company.
Discussion: Hot Air
Judge's ruling spurs scramble for spy powers  —  A federal judge's secret ruling restricting the intelligence community's surveillance powers helped spur a Capitol Hill bid to grant Bush new authority.  —  A secret ruling by a federal judge has restricted the U.S. intelligence community's surveillance …
Los Angeles Times:
D.C. elites want you to shush on Iraq  —  Be afraid when the same centrist consensus that has a lousy track record on the war lashes out at partisans.  —  By By Matthew Yglesias  —  The united states is now well into the fifth year of a war in Iraq that has, at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
David Stout / New York Times:
With Rove Absent, Aide Is Grilled by Senate Panel  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee grilled a young political aide from the White House today about the firings of nine United States attorneys and voiced disdain for a man who was not there: the aide's boss, Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser.
Melanie Markley / Houston Chronicle:
Students must remember 'God' in Texas pledge  —  Texas students will have four more words to remember when they head back to class this month and begin reciting the state's pledge of allegiance.  —  This year's Legislature added the phrase "one state under God" to the pledge …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Caps on Prices Only Deepen Zimbabweans' Misery  —  The government of Zimbabwe tried to allay the effects of inflation by setting prices, but as a result, basic goods cost too much to produce, leaving shelves empty.  Instead, families are relying on melons and what little meat can be shared.
Associated Press:
Minister In Skirt Charged With Indecent Exposure  —  Police Say Man Urinated In Front Of Kids, Offered Oral Sex To Cops  —  JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A Baptist minister has been charged in Tennessee with indecent exposure and driving under the influence.  —  Police said 58-year-old Tommy Tester …
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Thompson's Top Adviser  —  Speaking at his $1,000-a-ticket fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington on Monday night, Fred Thompson began by introducing "my campaign manager — oh, I mean my wife."  That little joke about Jeri Thompson reveals how the prospective Republican …
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Edwards: "Giuliani is Bush on Steroids"  —  Just got back from an Edwards event in San Francisco.  He threw out a lot of red meat — in particular savaging the big oil, drug, and insurance companies — and these deep blue Americans loved every minute of it.  —  Edwards is awesome on the stump.
Editor and Publisher:
Bush Insults BBC Political Editor at Press Conference  —  NEW YORK At a recent press conference at Camp David, President George Bush insulted BBC political editor Nick Robinson, the Daily Mirror reports.  —  Robinson, who has asked Bush pointed questions in the past such as whetherthe president was …
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Offers Sympathies and Assistance to Minneapolis and Calls on Congress to Act Before Recess  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  I just finished a Cabinet meeting.  One of the things we discussed was the terrible situation there in Minneapolis.  We talked about the fact …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Gates Offers Blunt Assessment of Iraqi Political Progress  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that he was discouraged by the departure of the major Sunni Arab bloc from Iraq's coalition government, and noted that the Bush administration may have misjudged the difficulty …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
Bush administration readying immigration crackdown on employers  —  WASHINGTON: Employers across the U.S. are preparing to fire workers with questionable Social Security government identification numbers to avoid getting snagged in a Bush administration crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Discussion: QandO, Wake up America and Lonewacko
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