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12:45 AM ET, August 6, 2007


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New York Times:
G.O.P. Candidates See Signs of Progress in Iraq  —  The leading Republican presidential candidates said today that the military escalation in Iraq appeared to be restoring stability in that country and they berated their Democratic counterparts for advocating an end to American involvement there.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wake up America
Mike Allen / The Politico:
They like Mike  —  DES MOINES - Going into Sunday's Republican presidential debate, most of the Iowans noshing on English muffins in the sun room of the neon-bedecked Drake Diner had never heard of Mike Huckabee, or knew very little about the ex-preacher and former governor of Arkansas.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Analysis: GOP rivals walk delicate line
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:   This morning's Republican presidential candidate debate in Iowa …
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
Truth about global-warming deniers  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer had been chair of the Senate's Environment Committee for less than a month when the verdict landed last February.  "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal," concluded a report by 600 scientists from governments, academia, green groups and businesses in 40 countries.
Noel Sheppard /
Newsweek Disgrace: 'Global-Warming Deniers: A Well-Funded Machine'  —  Manmade global warming alarmism took a disgraceful turn for the worse this weekend when Newsweek published a lengthy cover-story repeatedly calling skeptics "deniers" that are funded by oil companies and other industries …
Washington Post:
Jack Bauer's Next Mission: Fighting Global Warming
Discussion: the talking dog
James Risen / New York Times:
Bush Signs Law Widening Reach for Wiretapping  —  President Bush signed into law on Sunday legislation that broadly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages of American citizens without warrants.
Bush signs wiretap bill; Dems vow to 'fix it'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush signed a controversial bill Sunday that temporarily revises federal electronic surveillance laws.  —  "This law gives our intelligence professionals this greater flexibility while closing a dangerous gap …
Washington Post:
Report: Harsh Methods Used On 9/11 Suspect  —  Article Details Torture That Mastermind Said He Endured  —  Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was subjected to the CIA's harshest interrogation methods while he was held in secret prisons around …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
THE BLACK SITES  —  A rare look inside the C.I.A.'s secret interrogation program.  —  In March, Mariane Pearl, the widow of the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, received a phone call from Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General.  At the time, Gonzales's role …
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Is California GOP Trying to Steal the 2008 Election?  —  Our way of electing presidents has always been fer-tile ground for mischief.  But there's sensible mischief—toying with existing laws and the Constitution to reflect popular will—and then there's the other kind …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ELECTORAL COLLEGE FOLLIES....I see that the latest crackpot initiative from the Golden State has now gotten national attention.  Jon Alter writes in the current issue of Newsweek about a plan to carve up California's electoral votes between multiple candidates instead of awarding them all to a single winner in November:
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Government hunts for warrantless wiretap leaker  —  Priorities: The Attorney General apologized for 'creating confusion'  —  The controversy over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program took another surprise turn last week when a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant …
'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: Times of London and ParaPundit
David Davis / Times of London:
The wrong voice for Muslim Britain
Editor and Publisher:
Murdoch Says He Just Wants More 'Urgency' in 'WSJ'  —  NEW YORK His Saturday business column for The New York Times (available online only via TimesSelect) mainly explores how the Bancroft family blew the deal with the News Corp. But Joseph Nocera closes it with a brief sit-down interview …
Rick Moran / Pajamas Media:
"THIS IS PART OF THE BATTLEFIELD"  —  Sergeant David D. Aguina returned to the YearlyKos gathering on Saturday, a day after he had been unceremoniously thrown out of a panel on the military and progressives.  This time he may have been out of uniform, but he told PJM's Rick Moran, that he would never give up his fight.
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