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7:50 AM ET, August 6, 2007

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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.
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CNN:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
Discussion: The RBC and ParaPundit
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.
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Washington Post:   Jack Bauer's Next Mission: Fighting Global Warming
TeddySanFran / Firedoglake:
Sunday Late Nite: Home Sweet Home  —  What did I like best at the Yearly Kos Convention? — apparently the last, as next year's convention seems to have been re-branded Netroots Nation by the man with the brand, Markos himself.  Meeting 'pups and bloggers I had not met.
Discussion: PressThink
Boston Globe:
Poems from Guantánamo  —  THE JUST-released "Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak" is a collection of 22 poems by 17 detainees at the US detention center at Guantánamo Bay.  Edited by Marc Falkoff, each poem had to be cleared by the Pentagon.
Discussion: Solomonia and Right Wing News
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
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ELECTORAL COLLEGE FOLLIES....I see that the latest crackpot initiative …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Blogs of War
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
'The Bourne Ultimatum' Politicized  —  Perhaps we should have expected this but apparently The Bourne Ultimatum which opened this weekend is chock full of liberal proganda.  So who is making this charge?  Some vicious rightwinger with an axe to grind against liberal Hollywood producers?  Nope.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Ed Driscoll.com
Liz Mair / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Really sicko  —  Michael Moore's cure is worse than what ails American health care  —  On June 22, Michael Moore's new film, "Sicko," debuted, and in the weeks since, buzz about the film has not died down.  —  Millions have seen the movie, renewed calls for socialized medicine …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: O'Hanlon and Pollack on military progress and the nutroots backlash  —  Emphasis on military.  There's no political progress whatsoever to speak of.  —  I wonder if they deliberately chose Fox for this just to squirt a little more lemon juice in the nutroots' eyes or if Fox was the only outfit that was willing to have them on.
Gulf News:
REGION  —  US claims top Al Qaida man killed in Iraq  —  Baghdad: US forces said they had killed the top Al Qaida leader in Salahuddin province, Haitham Al Badri, whom they blamed for a 2006 attack on a Shiite shrine in Samarra that was a turning point in the country's sectarian conflict.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Jackie Mason goes nuclear on the Democrats over Iraq  —  What's odder, the fact that Jackie Mason is doing YouTube commentaries — this is number 40, apparently — or the fact that no one but no one seems to be watching them?  This is red meat served tartare and in two weeks it's only mustered 1,600 hits.
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 and Times of London
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David Davis / Times of London:   The wrong voice for Muslim Britain
 
 
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Energy Bill Adopted by House Requires Utilities to Use Renewable Power Sources
Discussion: Raising Kaine and Firedoglake
Michael Jonas / Boston Globe:
The downside of diversity  —  A Harvard political scientist finds …
Lowell / Raising Kaine:
Sen. Webb Statement on FISA Vote
Discussion: Once Upon a Time and TalkLeft
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
BREAKING: Two Middle Eastern Men Carrying a Bomb Detained in South Carolina
Alex Kotlowitz / New York Times:
Our Town  —  When I first met with Judy Sigwalt and her fellow …
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Most Top GOP Presidential Candidates Duck Executive Privilege Question
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Karzai Sees No Gains in Bin Laden Hunt
Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
Rich People Use Bridges Too
Discussion: Central Sanity
Editor and Publisher:
Murdoch Says He Just Wants More 'Urgency' in 'WSJ'
Kos / Daily Kos:
My YearlyKos keynote address
Discussion: TalkLeft