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12:05 PM ET, August 8, 2007


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New York Times:
The Democratic Candidates Forum  —  The following is the transcript of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. candidates forum, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  MODERATOR: KEITH OLBERMANN: These formalities out of the way, the lucky recipient of our first question has been determined by lottery.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama and Clinton Take the Gloves Off In AFL-CIO Debate  —  Democratic Hopefuls Court Union Support  —  Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton came under sharp attack from their Democratic presidential rivals in a highly spirited debate here Tuesday night, with Obama rebuked …
New York Times:
War on Terror Takes Focus at Democrats' Debate  —  The Democratic presidential candidates tangled over foreign policy Tuesday night, criticizing Senator Barack Obama for proposing an attack against Al Qaeda in Pakistan.  He struck back at his rivals who had supported the Iraq war, saying they had …
Faiz / Think Progress:
A SiCKO moment in the debate.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
A Spy Chief's Political Education  —  Last Thursday evening, during the frantic endgame of a White House push to broaden its eavesdropping authorities, Democratic leaders from the House and the Senate gathered in the Capitol office of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
THEY WANT TO FIRE ALBERTO GONZALES AND GIVE HIM NEW EAVESDROPPING POWERS?  —  Happy six-month anniversary, U.S. attorney scandal!  (And what do you get for the scandal that has everything?)  —  The half-birthday of the purge scandal's explosion onto the front pages last February brings …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Split in anti-war left
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Spy chief's role in espionage bill questioned
Discussion: Think Progress and The Next Hurrah
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Army Says Soldier's Articles for Magazine Were False  —  An Army investigation into the Baghdad Diarist, a soldier in Iraq who wrote anonymous columns for The New Republic, has concluded that the sometimes shockingly cruel reports were false.  —  "We are not going into the details of the investigation …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: The New Republic
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Let Wisconsin Experiment with Socialized Medicine  —  "On, Wisconsin ... run the ball clear down the field!"  —  It's time to amend the Wisconsin football song so we can cheer on the Badger State's politicians as they move toward health-care socialism.  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Free Lunch on Health?  Think Again  —  The great hope of every health care reformer is that better care will mean cheaper care.  —  The three leading Democrats running for president have all put this idea at the center of their plans.  Rudy Giuliani, the first Republican candidate to offer …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Iran-Supplied Bomb Kills More Troops  —  Attacks on American-led forces using a lethal type of roadside bomb said to be supplied by Iran reached a new high in July, according to the American military.  —  The devices, known as explosively formed penetrators, were used to carry …
Atrios / Eschaton:
And Another Michael Gordon Special
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Agonist
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Bonds Makes History With 756th Home Run  —  SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds hit No. 756 to the deepest part of the ballpark Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball's new home run king.  —  Bonds broke Hank Aaron's storied record in the fifth inning …
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.
Josh White / Washington Post:
General Blames Clerical Errors In the Case of Missing Arms  —  Bookkeeping deficiencies allowed thousands of weapons issued to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 to then go missing, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said yesterday.  —  "Some percentage" …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and News Hounds
Prosecutor: Islamic students had pipe bombs  —  Tampa, Florida - When 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and 21-year-old Yousef Megahed appeared in court, there was no question in the prosecutor's mind what this was all about.  She says Mohamed was in possession of pipe bombs and materials that could have been made to make more bombs.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Neighbor Drops The "T" Word On SC Suspects
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Disaster looms as 'Saddam dam' struggles to hold back the Tigris  —  As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse.
Julia Preston / New York Times:
U.S. Set for a Crackdown on Illegal Hiring  —  In a new effort to crack down on illegal immigrants, federal authorities are expected to announce tough rules this week that would require employers to fire workers who use false Social Security numbers.  —  Officials said the rules would be backed …
Larry Thomas / The News and Tribune:
Clark County Republican leader elected to national post  —  Clark County's Republican Party chairman has been elected head of the Young Republican National Federation.  —  Glenn Murphy Jr., a 33-year-old from Utica, was elected to the chairman's post July 7 in Hollywood, Fla. …
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Huffington Post:
Edwards Slams Hillary For 'Forture' Cover, But Spoke At 'Fortune …
Discussion: Hot Air
American Prospect:
Dispatches From the Konservetkult
Discussion: Sadly, No! and alicublog
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
I-35W inspectors flagged serious cracks, rusting
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Hot Air
Gingrich: Modern campaign 'insane'
Multi-National Force:
Coalition Forces Kill 30 Special Groups Cell Terrorists, detain 12
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
"What's Wrong With America . . .?"
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune
Helen Fessenden / The Hill:
CIA report on 9/11 due Labor Day
Major Health Scare After Monkey Sneaks Onto Plane
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Kalil / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Clinton, in Derry, takes aim at mortgage woes
Salt Lake Tribune:
Murray's meltdown? …
Gateway Pundit:
SUPER!! Pakistani Superstars Sing Out Against Terrorism!! (Video)
Discussion: GINA COBB
The Corner:
Civic duty  —  I wrote a column this week about the malign influence …
Melissa Drosjack / Fox News:
San Diego Firefighters File Complaint for Being Forced to Attend Gay Pride Parade
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Gallup Guru:
A hint of more positive news for the Bush admininstration
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Kill Or Convert, Brought To You By the Pentagon