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2:30 PM ET, August 5, 2007

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ABCNEWS:
POLL: Strong Iowa Presence Lifts Romney, But Republican Enthusiasm is Low  —  Republican Contenders Meet in Iowa for First Network Debate Sunday  —  A strong presence in Iowa has lifted Mitt Romney over his Republican rivals in overall support and ratings of personal attributes alike.
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Analysis: GOP rivals walk delicate line  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - The Republican presidential candidates walked a delicate line in their latest campaign debate, seeking some distance from President Bush and an unpopular war in Iraq while offering assurances of change in a new Republican administration.
Washington Post:
Iowa Republicans Are Not Thrilled With Presidential Field  —  As the Republican presidential candidates gather this morning in Des Moines for their fourth debate, Iowa GOP voters are expressing limited enthusiasm for the field of current and potential aspirants, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
GOP Hopefuls Generally Agree on Iraq  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential contenders sparred over abortion on Sunday but generally agreed the United States must remain in Iraq as part of the war on terror.  —  "Just come home," countered Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the lone dissenter on a debate stage when it came to Iraq.
Discussion: Althouse
ABCNEWS:
GOP Candidates Face Off in Iowa  —  Iowa Caucus-Goers Turn Hawk Eyes on the Republican Hopefuls  —  So much for a quiet Sunday morning in Iowa.  —  The Republican presidential contenders didn't waste a minute during their first network television debate, each aggressive …
The Huffington Post:   John Neffinger, Drew Westen and Rachel Sklar: GOP Des Moines …
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:   This morning's Republican presidential candidate debate in Iowa …
CNN:
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 …
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Maddy Sauer Reports / The Blotter:
American Al Qaeda Leader Says U.S. Embassies a Prime Target
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Patrick Ruffini / Townhall.com:
Lead Pipes vs. Leaky Pipes  —  The netroots is reveling in Chicago, and the natural reaction is to ask, "Where's our YearlyKos?"  —  It's a good question, but ultimately a short-sighted one from an historical perspective.  Go back and re-read the TNR piece on the netroots from May.  Especially this part:
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Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Can we please stop sobbing about 'our Yearly Kos' now?  —  Yearly Kos is taking place this week in Chicago.  More than 1,500 folks from the left side of the Blogosphere are convening to hear, among much else, presentations from all of the Democratic presidential candidates.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Karina / The Gavel:
Amend FISA As Soon as Possible  —  Speaker Pelosi said that S. 1927, the bill passed tonight by the House to temporally amend FISA for six-months, after H.R. 3356, the Improving Foreign Intelligence Surveillance to Defend Our Nation and Our Constitution Act bill failed last night …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TPMmuckraker
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WLTX-TV:
Bomb Scare in Goose Creek After Routine Traffic Stop  —  Goose Creek - Police have detained two men after finding and detonating a suspicious item found in their car during a routine stop for a speeding violation on a highway near Charleston.  —  Sources say a four-door sedan was stopped during …
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Michael Yon / NY Daily News:
I have seen the horror  —  Al Qaeda is guilty of monstrosities in Iraq - no matter what anyone says  —  Amid all this talk of timetables for the War in Iraq, blurred as they are by a strange lemming-like compulsion to declare the "surge" strategy a failure almost before it actually began …
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 …
Guardian:
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
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Republicans hardening stance on immigration  —  (08-04) 04:00 PDT Washington — An anti-immigration backlash has taken hold among Republicans in the Capitol, led in some cases by the staunchest supporters - Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Washington Post:
The Rise Of Jeri Thompson  —  Ex-Senator's Wife Is Helping to Shape His Probable Bid  —  On a hot Saturday in June 2002, Fred D. Thompson married his second wife, Jeri Kehn, in an unventilated Congregational church in her home town of Naperville, Ill. Kehn, in a Valentino gown …
Confederate Yankee:
TNR: Not Quite All the News that's Fit to Print  —  A funny thing happened on the way to The New Republic's verification/justification/re- investigation of the series of stories published in TNR by one Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  —  The editors of The New Republic declared:
New York Times:
With New Rules, Congress Boasts of Pet Projects  —  If the idea was to shame lawmakers into restraint, it did not work.  —  Eight months after Democrats vowed to shine light on the dark art of "earmarking" money for pet projects, many lawmakers say the new visibility has only intensified …
 
 
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CNN:
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Gateway Pundit:
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Bloomberg:
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Discussion: First Draft and TPMCafe blogs
Telegraph:
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Polarized, and Polarizing, Congress
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