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12:35 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 …
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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.
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
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.
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Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Republicans See Romney As Straw Poll Winner
Markpreston / CNN:
The march to Ames  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Three months ago …
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Haaretz:
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
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 …
 
 
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Unconfirmed After 11 Months, EEOC Nominee Says No Thanks
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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Discussion: Hot Air and IMAO
Greg Moran / San Diego Union-Tribune:
A hearing no one can hear  —  Judges, lawyers to discuss co …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
New York Post:
CITY PRINCIPAL IS 'REVOLTING'
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
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Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Chris Dodd
Discussion: Democrats.com
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Surge in Immigration Laws Around U.S.
Discussion: Wonkette
Robert Dallek / Washington Post:
Ouster By the People  —  Polls showing President Bush's approval …
Oliver Kamm / Guardian:
Terrible, but not a crime
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
New York Times:
Selective Prosecution  —  One part of the Justice Department mess …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Mortgage Maze May Increase Foreclosures