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12:15 PM 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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Markpreston / CNN:
The march to Ames  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Three months ago …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Neocons aiding '08 Republicans
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
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 …
Fester / The Newshoggers:   Restating the obvious  —  It has been a long held belief of mine …
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.
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union  —  Left-Leaning Bloggers Debate Forming Labor Union  —  CHICAGO (AP) — 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 …
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.
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 …
Mark Finkelstein /
Carroll's Cri de Coeur: Globe Columnist Anguished, and It's All America's Fault
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
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.
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.
Olmert, Abbas meet in Jericho on 'Agreement of Principles'  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Jericho on Monday, for talks focused on on making substantive progress in preparation for the regional summit planned to take place in November in Washington.
Discussion: Power Line and Blogs for Bush
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:
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
2008 [Bruce]  —  I have more to say about the long-term budget situation, but I think Andrew's right that we should move on.  —  So on another topic, I was reading Paul Krugman this morning and he was complaining about the lack of substance in the Republican campaign so far.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
South Carolina Bomb Scare Update
Discussion: TBogg
New York Times:
The Executioner's Hood  —  Many people assume that execution …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Salt Lake Tribune:
Obama expected small turnout in Republican Utah - got rally of 500
Discussion: Obama HQ
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Chris Dodd
Reno Gazette-Journal# New Hampshire Newspapers:
Elko voters cheer Obama
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Times
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Surge in Immigration Laws Around U.S.
Discussion: Wonkette
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
NSA Leak Case Moving Out
Robert Dallek / Washington Post:
Ouster By the People  —  Polls showing President Bush's approval …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Editor and Publisher:
Honey, They Shrunk The ....Times? Smaller 'NYT' Coming on Monday
New York Times:
Selective Prosecution  —  One part of the Justice Department mess …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: The Substance Thing
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Perceptions of Iraq War Are Starting to Shift
Liz Mair / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Really sicko  —  Michael Moore's cure is worse than what ails American health care