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2:54 AM ET, August 8, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Left in the West and BLACKFIVE
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Army Concludes Baghdad Diarist Accounts Untrue  —  Army investigators have concluded that the private whose dispatches for the New Republic accused his fellow soldiers of petty cruelties in Iraq was not telling the truth.  —  The finding, disclosed yesterday, came days after the Washington …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is interesting.  It turns out Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, went to Iraq with Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack.  That is, Cordesman — according to CNN, which just reported this moments ago …
Max Boot / Commentary:
Rational Optimism on Iraq  —  The evidence of gains being made on the ground in Iraq continues to pile up.  —  See, for instance, this article by Robert Burns, the Associated Press's veteran military writer.  Burns has just returned from his 18th trip to Iraq to report …
Anthony H. Cordesman / Center for Strategic …:
DATE OF PUBLICATION: … SYNOPSIS:  —  Everyone sees Iraq differently.
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: Taylor Marsh and Brian Beutler
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
HILLARY vs. HITLERY....Over at National Review, Kathryn Jean …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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.
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."
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
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
'Strong Probability' Outbreak Originated in Labs
Discussion: Danger Room, Telegraph and Unfogged
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.
Sweetness & Light:
Look Who's Behind The Hostage Demonstrations
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Gateway Pundit:
Finally... Proof of John F. Kerry's Useful Idiocy  —  Former KGB spy indicts John Kerry on his 1971 anti-military 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.
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.
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.
Brad Warthen / The State:
Why I see John Edwards as a big phony  —  MONTHS ago, I observed on my blog that I think John Edwards is a phony — a make-believe Man of The People.  —  It's not so much that he's lying when he says he wants to help One America — the Deserving Poor, whom he wants to vote for him …
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Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
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Dan Hoover / Greenville News:
Graham defends record after censure by local group
American Prospect:
Dispatches From the Konservetkult
The Atlantic Online:
The Greatest  —  Kevin Drum: … I say: No. The man holds …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Failure of Antigovernment Conservatism
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Iran-Supplied Bomb Is Killing More Troops in Iraq
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David Rees / The Huffington Post:
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