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12:50 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:
GOP hopefuls generally agree on Iraq  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential contenders sparred over abortion on Sunday while generally agreeing the United States must remain in Iraq to help win the war on terror.  —  "Just come home," dissented Texas Rep. Ron Paul …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Huffington Post:
John Neffinger, Drew Westen and Rachel Sklar: GOP Des Moines Debate LiveBlog Now In Progress  —  HuffPost's exclusive liveblog of ABC's GOP debate in Iowa is in progress.  Join us now as nonverbal communication specialist John Neffinger and Eat the Press' Rachel Sklar offer their real-time reactions to the candidates' performances.
Washington Post:
Iowa Republicans Are Not Thrilled With Presidential Field
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:   Abortion, Iraq war drive jabs in GOP debate
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 …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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Nita Birmingham / Post & Courier:
Possible bomb scare shuts down Goose Creek highway
Discussion: WCSC-TV and Riehl World View
Brad Franko / WCBD-TV:   Go to wcbd.com  —  The FBI says there is no immediate threat.
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 …
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
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Maddy Sauer Reports / The Blotter:
American Al Qaeda Leader Says U.S. Embassies a Prime Target
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Rusty / The Jawa Report:   New al Qaeda Video Shows Zawahiri, Adam Gadahn, Threatening U.S. Homeland
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.
Washington Post:
House Approves Wiretap Measure  —  White House Bill Boosts Warrantless Surveillance  —  The Democratic-controlled House last night approved and sent to President Bush for his signature legislation written by his intelligence advisers to enhance their ability to intercept the electronic communications …
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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 …
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 …
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Telegraph:
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 …
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Times of London:
Virus lab behind foot and mouth outbreak
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
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
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 …
Pajamas Media:
Rise and Shine!  It's Yet Another GOP Debate!  —  But never fear, Stephen Green says it's never too early for a couple of Bloody Marys.  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers  —  8:35am (All times Mountain, most likely) George Stephanopoulos isn't aging well.
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 …
CNN:
Police: Man confesses to killing Oakland journalist  —  OAKLAND, California (CNN) — A 19-year-old man has confessed to killing a prominent African-American journalist, who was gunned down Thursday as he walked to work, Oakland police told CNN on Saturday.  —  Devaughndre Broussard told authorities …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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Balkinization:
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: Macsmind, All Spin Zone and rubber hose
 
 
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