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11:20 AM ET, August 6, 2007

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Washington Post:
Warrantless Surrender  —  THE DEMOCRATIC-led Congress, more concerned with protecting its political backside than with safeguarding the privacy of American citizens, left town early yesterday after caving in to administration demands that it allow warrantless surveillance of the phone calls …
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James Risen / New York Times:
Bush Signs Law to Widen Legal 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.
White House:
President Bush Commends Congress on Passage of Intelligence Legislation  —  When our intelligence professionals have the legal tools to gather information about the intentions of our enemies, America is safer.  And when these same legal tools also protect the civil liberties of Americans …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
A Nation Represented By Sheep  —  The verdict is in and the Washington Post actually gets it right: the Democrats allowed themselves be be stampeded into passing a wholesale gutting of FISA that goes far beyond any rationale the President's misleading statements covered and far beyond every description …
Discussion: Corrente
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The strong and tough Democrats
Discussion: The Heretik
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing  —  GAO Estimates 30% of Arms Are Unaccounted For  —  The Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Al Qaeda Cell May Be Loose in U.S., British Plot Hints  —  WASHINGTON — As an American-born spokesman for Al Qaeda threatens to blow up American embassies abroad, intelligence gleaned from last month's British "doctors plot" of car bombers suggests that a Qaeda cell is on the loose in the American homeland.
New York Times:
Selective Prosecution  —  One part of the Justice Department mess that requires more scrutiny is the growing evidence that the department may have singled out people for criminal prosecution to help Republicans win elections.  The House Judiciary Committee has begun investigating several cases that raise serious questions.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
NSA Leak Case Moving Out
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Bloggers consider forming labor union  —  CHICAGO—Do bloggers need their own Norma Rae?  —  In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance …
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
American disconnection  —  AS A CHILD of 10 or 12, I could tell when the height of summer had arrived by the certain feeling that came over me.  Even though I was part of a large, happy family, my main source of connectedness from an early age was school, and in summer I hardly ever saw the kids who …
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Carroll's Cri de Coeur: Globe Columnist Anguished, and It's All America's Fault
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
Washington Post:
The Next Intervention  —  Is the United States out of the intervention business for a while?  With two difficult wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a divided public, the conventional answer is that it will be a long time before any American president, Democrat or Republican, again dispatches troops into conflict overseas.
Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Republicans See Romney As Straw Poll Winner  —  With a week to go before the Iowa Republican Party's critical straw poll, an informal survey of Iowa Republican Party leaders, conducted by Real Clear Politics, shows high expectations for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Mad House  —  Congress needs an intervention.  —  The House of Representatives almost turned into the Fight Club Thursday night, when Democrats ruled that a GOP motion had failed even though, when the gavel fell, the electronic score board showed it winning 215-213 along with the word FINAL.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
'Fake Steve' Blogger Comes Clean  —  For the last 14 months, high-tech insiders have been eating up the work of an anonymous blogger who assumed the persona of Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive and one of the world's most famous businessmen.  —  The mysterious writer has used his blog …
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Brad Stone / Bits:   The Trial of Fake Steve Jobs
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Mortgage Maze May Increase Foreclosures  —  In 2003, Dianne Brimmage refinanced the mortgage on her home in Alton, Ill., to consolidate her car and medical bills.  Now, struggling with a much higher interest rate and in foreclosure, she wants to modify the terms of the loan.
Confederate Yankee:
Further Confirmation: No Burned Woman Here  —  Adding to the debunking of The New Republic's new claim that "burned contractor" story took place in Kuwait before PV-2 Scott Thomas Beauchamp deployed into a combat zone, U.S. Army Public Affairs Chief PAO for US ARCENT Kuwait LTC Andy Sams replies to an emailed inquiry about the claim:
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
A Diversity of Opinion, if Not Opinionators  —  At the Yearly Kos Bloggers' Convention, a Sea of Middle-Aged White Males  —  It's Sunday, day 4 of Yearly Kos, the major conference for progressive bloggers, and Gina Cooper, the confab's organizer-in-chief, surveys the ballroom of the massive McCormick Place Convention Center.
Discussion: Raising Kaine
 
 
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Robert Dallek / Washington Post:
Ouster By the People  —  Polls showing President Bush's approval …
Steve Huntley / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's tin ear shows his lack of experience
Discussion: MSNBC and Bloomberg
Oliver Kamm / Guardian:
Terrible, but not a crime
Discussion: normblog and Armavirumque
David Ignatius / Real Clear Politics:
The Democrats Dither on Trade
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Tons of Repaving Material Was on Bridge at Collapse
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
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Discussion: Harry's Place
Editor and Publisher:
Honey, They Shrunk The ....Times? Smaller 'NYT' Coming on Monday
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Haaretz:
Olmert, Abbas meet in Jericho on 'Agreement of Principles'
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Democrats Targeted In GOP Debate
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Perceptions of Iraq War Are Starting to Shift
Boston Globe:
Poems from Guantánamo
Discussion: Solomonia and Right Wing News
Gulf News:
REGION  —  US claims top Al Qaida man killed in Iraq
Liz Mair / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Really sicko  —  Michael Moore's cure is worse than what ails American health care
TeddySanFran / Firedoglake:
Sunday Late Nite: Home Sweet Home
Discussion: PressThink
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
'The Bourne Ultimatum' Politicized
Michael Jonas / Boston Globe:
The downside of diversity  —  A Harvard political scientist finds …