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10:30 AM ET, August 5, 2007


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The Party of Fear, the Party Without A Spine, and the National Surveillance State  —  The passage of the new FISA bill by the Senate and now the House demonstrates that the Democrats stand neither for defending civil liberties nor for checking executive power.  —  They stand for nothing at all.
Discussion: rubber hose
CNN:   Congress expands U.S. ability to eavesdrop
Police: Explosives found in car in Berkeley County  —  GOOSE CREEK (WCBD) - The FBI and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department are investigating what they think are explosives found in a car in Goose Creek.  —  Police say part of Highway 176 in Berkeley County is closed …
Nita Birmingham / Post & Courier:
Possible bomb scare shuts down Goose Creek highway  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation said there was "no immediate threat" after a portion of St. James Avenue, U.S. Highway 176, in Goose Creek was shut down for hours Saturday evening.  —  Authorities shut down the road near …
Discussion: WCSC-TV and Riehl World View
Brian Beutler:
More Obama  —  It's unfortunate that the earlier session was off the record because he was really—remarkably, even—compelling on two or three issues.  Ah well.  He's the one who set the ground rules.  —  I should note that, on reproductive rights and the Justice Department …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
YearlyKos - Liveblogging Presidential Leadership Forum
Jill / Feministe:
Liveblogging the YK Presidential Forum
Discussion: TalkLeft and Pandagon
Foot and mouth lab failure causes outbreak  —  A biosecurity failure at a research laboratory has been pinpointed as the likeliest source of Britain's foot and mouth outbreak.  —  An inquiry by scientists is centring on fears that the virus escaped from the Pirbright laboratory site in Surrey …
Times of London:
Virus lab behind foot and mouth outbreak  —  Fears as three herds are culled  —  A SCIENCE laboratory that develops vaccines for the government was last night identified as the suspected source of Britain's latest outbreak of foot and mouth disease.  —  Merial SAS, a private research firm …
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
The vanishing jihad exposés  —  Mark Steyn column  —  How will we lose the war against "radical Islam"?  —  Well, it won't be in a tank battle.  Or in the Sunni Triangle or the caves of Bora Bora.  It won't be because terrorists fly three jets into the Oval Office …
Discussion: Power Line
Better red than dead  —  Healthcare pressures may cause the trend towards free-market capitalism to reverse, with a large chunk of the economy reverting to a socialist system.  —  Will the inexorable rise in medical costs around the world someday pose a major challenge to contemporary capitalism?
Discussion: EconLog and Greg Mankiw's Blog
Al Qaeda member: U.S. embassies prime targets  —  (CNN) — U.S. Embassies and American interests "at home and abroad" are prime targets for terrorist attacks, American al Qaeda member Adam Yahiye Gadahn said in a newly released al Qaeda-produced video.  —  "We shall continue to target …
San Francisco Chronicle:
7 ARRESTED IN RAIDS AFTER EDITOR'S SLAYING  —  CRIME SPREE INQUIRY: Cops storm Oakland bakery in probe of 3 shooting deaths  —  The son of the late Yusuf Bey was among seven people arrested Friday in predawn police raids on Your Black Muslim Bakery and three homes in connection with three Oakland homicides …
Noel Sheppard /   Broadcast Networks Ignore Murder of Oakland Post Editor
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Hillary booed (but only twice)  —  CHICAGO — Any debate Hillary Clinton doesn't lose, she wins.  And she didn't lose the debate at the YearlyKos Convention here Saturday.  —  Throughout the campaign year, Clinton has led all national polls, and almost always with double-digit leads.
Home Insurers' Secret Tactics Cheat Fire Victims, Hike Profits  —  Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) — Julie Tunnell remembers standing in her debris-strewn driveway when the tall man in blue jeans approached.  Her northern San Diego tudor-style home had been incinerated a week earlier in the largest wildfire in California history.
Discussion: First Draft and TPMCafe blogs
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Bonds Hits 755th Homer to Tie Aaron  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) - Barry Bonds swung, took a half-dozen steps and clapped his hands.  With no trace of a smile but a strong shot for all the doubters, he caught Hank Aaron and tied the career home run record Saturday night.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Polarized, and Polarizing, Congress  —  The distinguishing characteristic of this Congress was on vivid display the other day when the House debated a bill to expand the federal program that provides health insurance for children of the working poor.  —  Even when it is performing a useful service …
Eric Konigsberg / New York Times:
Drawing Fire, Judith Giuliani Gives Her Side  —  It has not been an easy few months for Judith Giuliani.  Her rollout to the public received rocky reviews from the political class, Republicans included.  A series of negative articles about her shopping habits, marital past and supposedly testy relations with campaign staff followed.
Discussion: Carry on America
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Mitt Takes the Gloves Off
Amy R. Gershkoff / Washington Post:
Saving Soldiers' Jobs
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Iraq Shuffle  —  The congressional Democrats waltz around inconvenient facts.
Karina Rusk / KGO-TV:
South Bay Man Arrested For Al Qaeda Ties
Radley Balko / Fox News:
Faulty Forensic 'Experts' Sending the Innocent to Jail
Jia Lynn Yang / Fortune:
Indian call center lands in Ohio
Little Green Footballs:
Daily Kos Playing Whack-a-Mole
Holly Bailey / Newsweek:
Fred Thompson's powerful wife
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Julian Ortiz /
All in fun  —  As a full-time entertainer, Joe Gandelman travels across …
Patricia Lopez / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Gas tax increase appears certain
Michael Ignatieff / New York Times:
Getting Iraq Wrong
Discussion: normblog and INTEL DUMP
Kevin Yamamura / Sacramento Bee:
State curtails e-voting
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Republicans try to rebuke Murtha
Discussion: Redstate
Airport queues longer than flights
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
AN OPENING  —  Presumably you've heard about "private contractors …