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9:45 PM ET, August 7, 2007

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The New Republic:
A STATEMENT ON SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP:  —  We've talked to military personnel directly involved in the events that Scott Thomas Beauchamp described, and they corroborated his account as detailed in our statement.  When we called Army spokesman Major Steven F. Lamb and asked …
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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
BLOGS MISSING THE REAL STORY AS USUAL  —  Getting caught up in a blog swarm on a particular topic can be hazardous.  The very fact that so many are writing about the same thing can generate its own momentum, its own "narrative."  Each succeeding blogger who writes about the subject feels compelled …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Beauchamp Recants: Update
Discussion: protein wisdom
McQ / QandO:   TNR: "OUR ANONYMOUS SOURCES ARE BETTER THAN YOUR ANONYMOUS SOURCES"
Edward Cone / CIO Insight:
The Web 2.008 Campaign  —  Web video and social networks are two of the hottest technologies for Campaign '08.  Video is ready for prime time, social networking is a relative unknown.  —  Video arrived in 2006, when George Allen, then a Republican Virginia senator, called a rival staffer the crypto-racist slur "macaca."
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Gateway Pundit:
Finally... Proof of John F. Kerry's Useful Idiocy  —  Former KGB spy indicts Kerry on his 1971 Senate Committee speech.  —  Video by Mudville Gazette  —  Today in the Opinion Journal, former KGB intelligence officer Ion Mihai Pacepa explained the propaganda tactics of the communists during the Cold War.
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Ion Mihai Pacepa / Opinion Journal:
Propaganda Redux  —  Take it from this old KGB hand …
Associated Press:
Taliban stages brazen attack on U.S. base  —  GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — A group of 75 Taliban militants tried to overrun a U.S.-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20 militants dead, the coalition said in a statement.
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Sweetness & Light:
Look Who's Behind The Hostage Demonstrations
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
TIMESSELECT CONTENT FREED  —  The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed columnists and other content, The Post has learned.  —  After much internal debate, Times executives - including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. - made the decision to end …
hse.gov.uk:
Initial report on potential breaches to biosecurity at the Pirbright site, 2007  —  Background  — An outbreak of foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) was confirmed at a farm in Surrey on 3 August 2007.  — Preliminary Defra investigations indicated that the virus may have originated …
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
'Strong Probability' Outbreak Originated in Labs
Discussion: Danger Room
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
It's a Female Dog, or Worse.  Or Endearing.  And Illegal?  —  The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its linguistic (and legislative) lance toward a different slur: bitch.
The Corner:
Clinton Tonight  —  In response to more than a few answers tonight — on Iraq, on China — I've said, "she sounds reasonable."  If I were a normal America, I think I'd really think that.  —  That's really hard to admit.  I still have both "Clinton Hater" and "Vast-Right-Wing Conspiracy" cards in my wallet.
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   HILLARY vs. HITLERY....Over at National Review, Kathryn Jean …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Rudy Giuliani: Only I can beat Hillary Clinton  —  Lambasting Democrats for having "embraced defeat" in Iraq, Rudy Giuliani is declaring himself the only Republican who will keep America on the offensive against Islamism and stop Hillary Clinton capturing the White House in 2008.
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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:   Giuliani keeps combative style in check
Washington Post:
Our Chance to Capture the Center  —  With President Bush and the Republican Party on the rocks, many Democrats think the 2008 election will be, to borrow a favorite GOP phrase, a cakewalk.  Some liberals are so confident about Democratic prospects that they contend the centrism that vaulted Democrats …
Eric Black / Minnesota Monitor:
Fred Phelps Is Coming  —  The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., plans to stage protests at funerals of victims of the 35W bridge collapse to state that God made the bridge fall because he hates America, and especially Minnesota, because of its tolerance of homosexuality.
David Rees / The Huffington Post:
Cormac Ignatieff's "The Road"  —  Hello everyone!  Personal message to all the New Yorkers out there: Did you read Michael Ignatieff's essay in the the NY Times Magazine?  If so, contact me ASAP to let me know you're OK.  I put your flyer up at Grand Central Station, but have heard no response.
Wall Street Journal:
How Credit Got So Easy And Why It's Tightening  —  An extraordinary credit boom that created many first-time homeowners and financed a wave of corporate takeovers seems to be waning.  Home buyers with poor credit are having trouble borrowing.  Institutional investors from Milwaukee to Düsseldorf to Sydney are reporting losses.
Times of London:
Abandoned - the 91 Iraqis who risked all  —  Deborah Haynes in Basra, Richard Beeston and Greg Hurst  —  Britain was accused yesterday of abandoning 91 Iraqi interpreters and their families to face persecution and possible death when British forces withdraw.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales  —  The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.
Discussion: Thought Theater and Mercury Rising
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
To Punish Thai Police, a Hello Kitty Armband  —  It is the pink armband of shame for wayward police officers, as cute as can be with a Hello Kitty face and a pair of linked hearts.  —  No matter how many ribbons for valor a Thai officer may wear, if he parks in the wrong place …
Discussion: Feministe
 
 
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Was America Complicit in Some of Saddam's Crimes?
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fighting terror while cruising the interstate.
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Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
TV preacher Robertson targets Obama
King / SCSUScholars:
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Rick Perlstein / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
Camp Kirsanow  —  I haven't seen this getting much attention.
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Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Kernel of Evil  —  Selling weapons to the Saudis is logical.
Discussion: CFR.org and Israpundit
David Frum:
Too True for Journalism?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: I didn't call for Pakistan invasion
Michael J. Totten:
An Iraqi Interpreter's Story