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10:15 AM ET, August 7, 2007

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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Beauchamp Recants  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp—author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic's July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Beauchamp signs military statement recanting TNR pieces …
The Corner:
Private Second Glass
Discussion: Power Line
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Still Wields the Threat of Terrorism  —  Until last weekend, President Bush had repeatedly fallen short in seven months of battles with a Democratic-led Congress that would not give him what he wanted on immigration or education, health care or energy policy.
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Washington Post:
Our Chance to Capture the Center  —  With President Bush and the Republican Party on the rocks, many Democrats think the 2008 election will be, to borrow a favorite GOP phrase, a cakewalk.  Some liberals are so confident about Democratic prospects that they contend the centrism that vaulted Democrats …
New York Times:
The Fear of Fear Itself
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and BlueOregon
Washington Post:
As British Leave, Basra Deteriorates  —  Violence Rises in Shiite City Once Called a Success Story  —  As British forces pull back from Basra in southern Iraq, Shiite militias there have escalated a violent battle against each other for political supremacy and control over oil resources …
USA Today:
Poll: Dems favor Clinton over Obama  —  WASHINGTON — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has significantly widened her lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in the wake of a dispute over handling foreign policy, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton's Foreign Policy Balancing Act
Discussion: MSNBC and Associated Press
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
TIMESSELECT CONTENT FREED  —  The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed columnists and other content, The Post has learned.  —  After much internal debate, Times executives - including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. - made the decision to end …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
In Dusty Archives, a Theory of Affluence  —  For thousands of years, most people on earth lived in abject poverty, first as hunters and gatherers, then as peasants or laborers.  But with the Industrial Revolution, some societies traded this ancient poverty for amazing affluence.
New York Times:
Bridge Collapse Revives Issue of Road Spending  —  In the past two years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota twice vetoed legislation to raise the state's gas tax to pay for transportation needs.  —  Now, with at least five people dead in the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge here …
Ion Mihai Pacepa / Opinion Journal:
Propaganda Redux  —  Take it from this old KGB hand: The left is abetting America's enemies with its intemperate attacks on President Bush.  —  During last week's two-day summit, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thanked President Bush for leading the global war on terror.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Makes Courting Labor a Key Strategy in Bid for Nomination  —  Backing Meant Little for 2004 Candidates  —  Former senator John Edwards of North Carolina came to a labor hall here Monday morning for a speech on trade policy, but he had a different audience in mind.
Discussion: Bloomberg, New York Times and MSNBC
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton aide's PR firm is under attack
Discussion: TIME
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with President Karzai of Afghanistan  —  In Focus: Rebuilding Afghanistan  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Good morning.  Thank you; be seated.  Welcome.  —  I appreciate a man I've come to admire, President Karzai, for joining us.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush and Afghan President Differ Over Iran's Role
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Is 2008 The New 1964?  —  There's a Pro-Ron-Paul meme going around, to the effect that 2008 is the new 1964; i.e. that on the premise—debatable in itself, of course—that the GOP has no chance of winning the presidency next year, conservatives should run a Goldwater-style insurgency to remind …
CNN:
Crews 'using every means known to mankind' to reach miners  —  HUNTINGTON, Utah (CNN) — Rescue crews in central Utah know exactly where six trapped miners are located, but were forced to turn around late Monday because of "impassable conditions," the mine's operator said.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Is Even More Right Wing And Irrational Than Fox News  —  In a weekend conversation with wealthy supporters that was closed to reporters, Bill Clinton was asked about Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the Wall Street Journal.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BROWNBACK GETS TUBULAR  —  I don't agree with the issue Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is advocating in this campaign web video (he's pushing his consistent pro-life position in contrast to Mitt Romney's 'light on the road to the White House' conversion to the cause).
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Bows to Modern Realities, Eases Rules on Past Drug Use  —  Policy Change Comes as Agency Struggles to Fill Openings  —  The buttoned-down FBI is loosening up: Under a little-noticed new hiring policy introduced this year, job applicants with a history of drug use will no longer …
Discussion: The Crone Speaks
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Tougher Rules Change Game for Lobbyists
ABCNEWS:
'Plot Would Have Killed Thousands'
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
WHY RICHARD NIXON WAS SMARTER THAN GEORGE W. BUSH.  August 3rd, 1972.
Allan Mallinson / Telegraph:
How much longer can the Army fight?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Says Newt: 'Odds are significant' the Democrats win the White House
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Fundraisers Tap Those Who Can't Say No  —  'Bundlers' Look …
Discussion: MSNBC and Prairie Weather
Louis Menand / New Yorker:
LIVES OF OTHERS
Mark Townsend / Observer:
Afghan victory 'could take 38 years'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Northern Exposure  —  The GOP's Alaska delegation could become …
Associated Press:
New Orleans facing pipes problem
ABCNEWS:
2 Charged With Pipe Bombs Near Navy Base
Discussion: Jihad Watch and ThreatsWatch
Bloomberg:
Bear Stearns Caymans Filing May Hurt Bankrupt Funds' Creditors
Keith Perine / CQPolitics.com:
Democrats Introduce Censure Resolutions Aimed at Bush, Cheney and Gonzales
Esquire:
The Beauty Contest  —  The half-wits and harridans talk about nothing so much as his hair.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Tommy Thompson [Eric]
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Analysis: Military Shows Gains in Iraq