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9:55 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Balkinization and New Pairodimes
CNN:
Bush signs wiretap bill; Dems vow to 'fix it'
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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 …
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
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.
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Solidarity in cyberspace?  Bloggers eye labour union  —  In such a diverse world, there's no consensus on type of organization and who should be included  —  CHICAGO-Do bloggers need their own Norma Rae?  —  In a move that might make some people scratch their heads …
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Perceptions of Iraq War Are Starting to Shift  —  It's not often that an opinion article shakes up Washington and changes the way a major issue is viewed.  But that happened last week, when The New York Times printed an opinion article by Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon …
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.
New York Times:
Tons of Repaving Material Was on Bridge at Collapse  —  Trucks carrying tens of thousands of pounds of crushed stone were parked on the Interstate 35W bridge, and more stone was sitting on the deck when the bridge collapsed, investigators said Sunday, raising suspicions that the added weight …
Editor and Publisher:
Honey, They Shrunk The ....Times?  Smaller 'NYT' Coming on Monday  —  NEW YORK Over the years, The New York Times has tended to think big, but tomorrow it will have to adapt to a new smaller-is- beautiful era.  —  In a front page note to readers this morning, the paper stated that the print edition …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Editor and Publisher:   Murdoch Says He Just Wants More 'Urgency' in 'WSJ'
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.
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
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Democrats Targeted In GOP Debate  —  The Republican candidates for president used a nationally televised morning debate to mock Democrats on foreign policy, taxes and health care while sparring with each other over abortion and the administration's anti-terrorism efforts.
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.
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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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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 …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ELECTORAL COLLEGE FOLLIES....I see that the latest crackpot initiative …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
 
 
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Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Virtual jihad hits Second Life website
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Haaretz:
Olmert, Abbas meet in Jericho on 'Agreement of Principles'
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Boston Globe:
Poems from Guantánamo
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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
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
'The Bourne Ultimatum' Politicized
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Energy Bill Adopted by House Requires Utilities to Use Renewable Power Sources
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Michael Jonas / Boston Globe:
The downside of diversity  —  A Harvard political scientist finds …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Jackie Mason goes nuclear on the Democrats over Iraq
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
BREAKING: Two Middle Eastern Men Carrying a Bomb Detained in South Carolina
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
Washington Post:
Jack Bauer's Next Mission: Fighting Global Warming
Sharon Begley / Newsweek:
Truth about global-warming deniers