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2:50 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 …
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.
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
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:
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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.
Oliver Kamm / Guardian:
Terrible, but not a crime  —  Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be remembered for the suffering which was brought to an end  —  Today is Hiroshima day, the anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb.  As the wartime generation passes on, our sense of gratitude is increasingly mixed …
Discussion: normblog, neo-neocon and Armavirumque
Shaun Mullen / Kiko's House:
Shinichi's Trike & The Lessons of War
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and ZenPundit
Matt / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon And Pollack Call For Another 'Six Months Or So' In Iraq  —  Last week, in their now infamous New York Times op-ed, Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack declared "there is enough good happening on the battlefields of Iraq today that Congress should plan on sustaining the effort at least into 2008."
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
NSA Leak Case Moving Out  —  Clean Up: Moved all updates to the end in reverse chronological order (latest at the end).  But one irony update for the top of this post.  Seems the warrant to search Tamm's house came from the FIS Court, since it was a "classified warrant".  Too funny
Democracy Project:
Pvt. Beauchamp: Proud of Being Ashamed?  —  In a famous passage in his Confessions, St. Augustine admits that as a young boy he ran with a bad crowd and fabricated stories to impress his friends. … Who among us, at some point in our lives, has not so intensely desired to belong to the group …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOP ST. LEGISLATOR: FEAR OF BLACK MAN MADE ME PAY FOR BLOWJOB!  —  You remember a little while back we brought you the story of Florida McCain campaign co-chair, Rep. Bob Allen (R).  Right on the heels of Giuliani Southern Regional Chairman David Vitter's exposure as a serial user of prostitutes …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Unconfirmed After 11 Months, EEOC Nominee Says No Thanks  —  D avid Palmer, whose nomination to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had languished for nearly a year, withdrew his name over the weekend, bitterly complaining that partisanship in the confirmation process has gotten out of control.
Mike Carney / On Deadline:
Latest poll shows growing support for Iraq war policy  —  USA TODAY's Susan Page reports that President Bush is making some headway in arguing that the increase in U.S. troops in Iraq is showing military progress.  —  In the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, taken Friday through Sunday …
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Jim Michaels / USA Today:
25,000 turn against insurgency, military says
Discussion: Macsmind
Melissa Patterson / Indianapolis Star:
Custody case stirs gay-marriage debate
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Secret call log at heart of wiretap challenge
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Most & Least Desired 2008 …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Ray Gun "Holy Grail" Aims for Battlefield Strength
Discussion: IMAO and Hot Air
Greg Moran / San Diego Union-Tribune:
A hearing no one can hear  —  Judges, lawyers to discuss co …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
2008 [Bruce]
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Neocons aiding '08 Republicans
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Chris Dodd
Robert Dallek / Washington Post:
Ouster By the People  —  Polls showing President Bush's approval …
New York Times:
Tons of Repaving Material Was on Bridge at Collapse
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Mad House  —  Congress needs an intervention.
Olmert, Abbas meet in Jericho on 'Agreement of Principles'
Discussion: Power Line and Blogs for Bush
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Democrats Targeted In GOP Debate