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11:45 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 …
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.
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 …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
A Nation Represented By Sheep
Discussion: Corrente
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The strong and tough Democrats
Discussion: The Heretik
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, supported by a good deal of evidence, that pretty much any nation state, criminal organization or shady businessman with access to spare small arms and platoon level infantry weaponry is selling weapons either directly or indirectly …
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.
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
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:
Bloggers consider forming labor union  —  CHICAGO—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 to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance …
Salt Lake Tribune:
Obama expected small turnout in Republican Utah - got rally of 500  —  PARK CITY - A drive-by greeting organized by a few Barack Obama supporters turned into a major open-air rally that drew hundreds of cheering admirers Sunday.  —  By the time the Democratic presidential hopeful spoke just after noon …
Discussion: Obama HQ
Steve Huntley / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's tin ear shows his lack of experience
Discussion: MSNBC and Bloomberg
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.
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.
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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:   The Trial of Fake Steve Jobs
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.
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.
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 …
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
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Chris Dodd  —  I am on vacation, so posting will be light.  (We have found our way to Saugatuck/Douglas on Lake Michigan so far... heading toward Ann Arbor.)  I'll try to catch up on some YearlyKos posts, too.  —  But I want to break into vacation to talk about Senator Chris Dodd a bit.
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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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
Dani Rodrik / Dani Rodrik's weblog:
Why do economists disagree?  —  Non-economists are often baffled …
Discussion: Eschaton
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
NSA Leak Case Moving Out
Robert Dallek / Washington Post:
Ouster By the People  —  Polls showing President Bush's approval …
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
Confederate Yankee:
Further Confirmation: No Burned Woman Here
 Earlier Items: 
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
Boston Globe:
Poems from Guantánamo
Discussion: Solomonia and Right Wing News
Liz Mair / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Really sicko  —  Michael Moore's cure is worse than what ails American health care
TeddySanFran / Firedoglake:
Sunday Late Nite: Home Sweet Home
Discussion: PressThink
Michael Jonas / Boston Globe:
The downside of diversity  —  A Harvard political scientist finds …