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4:25 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.
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 …
Discussion: Ian Schwartz
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
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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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
New al Qaeda Video Shows Zawahiri, Adam Gadahn, Threatening U.S. Homeland  —  A yet to be released video by al Qaeda's as Sahab media group shows Orange County, California native Adam Gadahn ranting against the West.  Gadahn, who is known by Azzaz al Amriki, has appeared in several al Qaeda produced videos …
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?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ynetnews:
'Establish Islamic state'  —  Radical UK Islamist group holds London conference.  'Why is Palestine still occupied?' asks speaker  —  Yaakov Lappin  —  The British branch of a world-wide radical Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, held a conference London on Saturday, in which speakers called …
Discussion: ParaPundit
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Lydia Hislop / Times of London:
Schools are run by Islamic group Blair pledged to ban
David Davis / Times of London:   The wrong voice for Muslim Britain
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael Tomasky / Washington Post:
The Dumbest Move the Dems Could Make  —  "Impeach or else!"  —  That was the headline that one liberal Web site ran over a recent interview with the antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who has been demanding that President Bush and Vice President Cheney be chucked out of office.
Discussion: Democrats.com and TPMCafe blogs
WCSC-TV:
Berkeley County Makes Two Arrests In Explosives Case  —  The FBI is saying there is no immediate threat after police in Goose Creek discovered what they believed were explosives during a traffic stop.  —  Highway 176 near Myers Road was shut down around 6:00pm Saturday while local and federal authorities investigated the situation.
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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:
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
 
 
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
THE BLACK SITES  —  A rare look inside the C.I.A.'s secret interrogation program.
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Government hunts for warrantless wiretap leaker
Rick Moran / Pajamas Media:
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Kos / Daily Kos:
My YearlyKos keynote address
Discussion: TalkLeft and Think Progress
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
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Discussion: The Impolitic
Stars & Stripes:
Marine unit commander wants to shed some gear
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Helena Smith / Observer:
Outcry as British Council quits Europe to woo Muslim world
Pajamas Media:
RISE AND SHINE! IT'S YET ANOTHER GOP DEBATE!
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New York Times:
With New Rules, Congress Boasts of Pet Projects
Gateway Pundit:
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Bloomberg:
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Discussion: First Draft and TPMCafe blogs
Balkinization:
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Telegraph:
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Polarized, and Polarizing, Congress
Eric Konigsberg / New York Times:
Drawing Fire, Judith Giuliani Gives Her Side