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3:00 PM ET, August 2, 2007


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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:
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 …
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 …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
White House cites deficiencies in bridge
Discussion: Attytood
Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press:   Police: More victims in submerged cars
Shot in the Dark:
The 35W River Bridge
Discussion: SCSUScholars
Associated Press:
Obama says use of nuclear weapons to fight al-Qaida 'not on the table,'  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons «in any circumstance.  —  «I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons …
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Court puts limits on surveillance abroad  —  The ruling raises concerns that U.S. anti-terrorism efforts might be impaired at a time of heightened risk.  —  WASHINGTON — A special court that has routinely approved eavesdropping operations has put new restrictions on the ability …
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
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
In Fox News, Giuliani Finds a Friendly Stage  —  Roger Ailes and Rudolph W. Giuliani have been pulling for each other for nearly two decades.  —  Mr. Ailes was the media consultant to Mr. Giuliani's first mayoral campaign in 1989.  Mr. Giuliani, as mayor, officiated at Mr. Ailes's wedding …
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 …
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 …
John Harwood / Wall Street Journal:
America's Economic Mood: Gloomy  —  Broad Public Pessimism  —  Spurs Democratic Candidates  —  To Target Business Interests  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are feeling decidedly sour about the economy and those in charge of it, fueling Democratic efforts to target business interests in the 2008 election campaign.
Discussion: Thought Theater, MSNBC and
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.
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and MSNBC
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
McCain plans to attack ethics bill  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to take a break from the campaign trail to speak out against the Democratic lobbying reform package when it hits the floor at the end of the week, according to one of the bill's chief opponents, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House Dems upset over split on war  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reversed herself on Iraq strategy Wednesday, revealing a fight within the Democratic Caucus over how much Democrats should compromise to gain agreement with Republicans on the unpopular war.
Editor and Publisher:
170 Cancel 'WSJ' Subscriptions — But How Many Will Follow?  —  NEW YORK At least 170 subscribers to the Wall Street Journal have canceled their orders since word emerged that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will soon take over the newspaper.  —  The paper does have 1.7 million print subscribers left.
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The Corner:
General Obama  —  Many have jumped all over Sen. Obama's suggestion …
Associated Press:
Bush administration readying immigration crackdown on employers
Discussion: Wake up America and Lonewacko
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Rove Aide Refuses to Answer Questions on U.S. Attorney Firings
Discussion: Firedoglake
Syria plans war of attrition in the Golan Heights
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Shockingly Predictable  —  White House thumbs nose at yet another Congressional hearing.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
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John D. Dingell / Washington Post:
The Power in the Carbon Tax
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dean woos faith voters
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Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
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