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11:45 AM ET, August 7, 2007

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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Beauchamp Recants  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp—author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic's July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns …
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Re: Private Second Glass
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Roger L. Simon:
The New Republic - Only an Idiot Would Pay for This
Discussion: Dean's World
The Corner:
Private Second Glass
Discussion: Power Line and Wake up America
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 …
USA Today:
Poll: Dems favor Clinton over Obama  —  WASHINGTON — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has significantly widened her lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in the wake of a dispute over handling foreign policy, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton's Foreign Policy Balancing Act  —  In Her Stances, Senator Has One Eye on Primary, One on General Election  —  While preparing to give a major critique of the war in Iraq last month, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton read a draft of the speech and added a few lines of her own.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Still Wields the Threat of Terrorism  —  Until last weekend, President Bush had repeatedly fallen short in seven months of battles with a Democratic-led Congress that would not give him what he wanted on immigration or education, health care or energy policy.
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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Where's the Leadership?
Discussion: Salon
Washington Post:
As British Leave, Basra Deteriorates  —  Violence Rises in Shiite City Once Called a Success Story  —  As British forces pull back from Basra in southern Iraq, Shiite militias there have escalated a violent battle against each other for political supremacy and control over oil resources …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Makes Courting Labor a Key Strategy in Bid for Nomination  —  Backing Meant Little for 2004 Candidates  —  Former senator John Edwards of North Carolina came to a labor hall here Monday morning for a speech on trade policy, but he had a different audience in mind.
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton aide's PR firm is under attack
Discussion: TIME
Bloomberg:
Edwards's Trade Stance May Win Union Support at Rivals' Expense
Discussion: New York Times
Ion Mihai Pacepa / Opinion Journal:
Propaganda Redux  —  Take it from this old KGB hand: The left is abetting America's enemies with its intemperate attacks on President Bush.  —  During last week's two-day summit, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thanked President Bush for leading the global war on terror.
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 …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
In Dusty Archives, a Theory of Affluence  —  For thousands of years, most people on earth lived in abject poverty, first as hunters and gatherers, then as peasants or laborers.  But with the Industrial Revolution, some societies traded this ancient poverty for amazing affluence.
New York Times:
Bridge Collapse Revives Issue of Road Spending  —  In the past two years, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota twice vetoed legislation to raise the state's gas tax to pay for transportation needs.  —  Now, with at least five people dead in the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge here …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BROWNBACK GETS TUBULAR  —  I don't agree with the issue Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is advocating in this campaign web video (he's pushing his consistent pro-life position in contrast to Mitt Romney's 'light on the road to the White House' conversion to the cause).
Peter Carlson / Washington Post:
All the News That Seemed Unfit to Print  —  Somewhere in Kalamazoo, Elvis weeps: The Weekly World News is folding.  —  The Weekly World News was not one of those sleazy tabloids that cover tawdry celebrity scandals.  It was a sleazy tabloid that covered events that seemed to occur in a parallel universe …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
ABCNEWS:
'Plot Would Have Killed Thousands'  —  EXCLUSIVE: Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Offers Chilling Details About 2006 Airplane Plot and Current Terror Threats  —  Terrorists who had planned to detonate gel-based explosives on U.S.-bound flights from London last August …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
City Is Rebuffed on the Release of '04 Records  —  A federal judge yesterday rejected New York City's efforts to prevent the release of nearly 2,000 pages of raw intelligence reports and other documents detailing the Police Department's covert surveillance of protest groups and individual activists …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
 
 
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Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
The Universal Distraction … The Pacific Research Institute's …
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
State's voter rolls shrinking
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Draining the 'Swamp' Is Not So Easy
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
George Jones / Telegraph:
UK 'should give up UN seat'
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Tougher Rules Change Game for Lobbyists
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
WHY RICHARD NIXON WAS SMARTER THAN GEORGE W. BUSH.  August 3rd, 1972.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Says Newt: 'Odds are significant' the Democrats win the White House
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Fundraisers Tap Those Who Can't Say No  —  'Bundlers' Look …
Discussion: MSNBC and Prairie Weather
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Louis Menand / New Yorker:
LIVES OF OTHERS
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Bows to Modern Realities, Eases Rules on Past Drug Use
Discussion: The Crone Speaks
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Is 2008 The New 1964?  —  There's a Pro-Ron-Paul meme going around …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Northern Exposure  —  The GOP's Alaska delegation could become …
Associated Press:
New Orleans facing pipes problem
CNN:
Crews 'using every means known to mankind' to reach miners
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bloomberg:
Bear Stearns Caymans Filing May Hurt Bankrupt Funds' Creditors
Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Is Even …