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1:40 PM ET, August 6, 2007


 Top Items: 
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
A Nation Represented By Sheep
Discussion: Corrente
James Risen / New York Times:
Bush Signs Law to Widen Legal Reach for Wiretapping
Lucy Morrow Caldwell / Slate:
RUDY GIULIANI'S DAUGHTER IS SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA.  —  There's one vote that Rudy Giuliani definitely can't count on in his 2008 presidential bid: his own daughter's.  According to the 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani's Facebook profile, she's supporting Barack Obama.
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
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.
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.
Greg Moran / San Diego Union-Tribune:
A hearing no one can hear  —  Judges, lawyers to discuss co-conspirator behind closed doors  —  Tomorrow morning, three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will gather in a courtroom inside an elegant 104-year-old building in Pasadena for an extraordinary hearing involving …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Cunningham Figure in Secret Hearing
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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.
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
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.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
NSA Leak Case Moving Out  —  Update: This story gets more bizarre as I continue to hunt for info.  Our mystery mole, Thomas M Tamm, worked in the DoJ Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), which also has some notoriety with regards to an internet data mining effort called "Carnivore" …
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.
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.
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
Melissa Patterson / Indianapolis Star:
Custody case stirs gay-marriage debate  —  Battle over visitation, care of disabled man flares between parents and longtime partner  —  Brett Conrad spent more than half his life as Patrick Atkins' partner.  For 25 years, the men shared bank accounts, apartments and eventually a home in Fishers.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Secret call log at heart of wiretap challenge
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Associated Press:
6 miners trapped in mine after quake
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Democracy Project:
Pvt. Beauchamp: Proud of Being Ashamed?
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Ben Craw / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:
John Edwards—On Trade, Leading The Way Again
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
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
2008 [Bruce]
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Neocons aiding '08 Republicans
New York Times:
The Executioner's Hood  —  Many people assume that execution …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Senator Chris Dodd
Robert Dallek / Washington Post:
Ouster By the People  —  Polls showing President Bush's approval …
Real Clear Politics:
Iowa Republicans See Romney As Straw Poll Winner
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Perceptions of Iraq War Are Starting to Shift
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Mortgage Maze May Increase Foreclosures