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6:20 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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Beauchamp signs military statement recanting TNR pieces; Update: "armylawyer" comments  —  According to Goldfarb.  No independent evidence is offered aside from the recantation itself so we're where I thought we'd be two days ago — with a confirmed liar and no way of proving which side he's lying to.
Discussion: protein wisdom
John Podhoretz / The Corner:   Update on The New Republic and Scott Beauchamp
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF SCOTT BEAUCHAMP, FABULIST...
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Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
2 USF students charged with having incendiary device in S.C.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Associated Press
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
In a Hurry to Make Rockets: Two South Carolina Speeders Possessed …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Analysis: Military Shows Gains in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD (AP) - AP Video The new U.S. military strategy in Iraq, unveiled six months ago to little acclaim, is working.  —  In two weeks of observing the U.S. military on the ground and interviewing commanders, strategists and intelligence officers …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Power Line
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Mike Carney / On Deadline:
Latest poll shows growing support for Iraq war policy  —  USA TODAY's Susan Page reports that President Bush is making some headway in arguing that the increase in U.S. troops in Iraq is showing military progress.  —  In the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, taken Friday through Sunday …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TOMMY THOMPSON: BIG IDIOT?  —  In my post yesterday about the Republican debate in Iowa, I said I thought that Tommy Thompson was supposed to be a "sharp guy."  And that because of that purported sharpness I was surprised that his answer to one of the questions about Iraq was one of the stupidest …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Tommy Thompson [Eric]  —  Josh has accidentally hit upon the extraordinary range of feelings that Wisconsinites have about Tommy Thompson: He is viewed as being anything from a brilliant technocrat to a foot-in-mouth buffoon.  —  I lived in Wisconsin for six years, having arrived there in the Fall …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Attention Democrats: GOP fear-mongering does not work  —  Karl Rove's election strategy prior to the 2006 election was to force the Democrats to vote against the Military Commissions Act and warrantless eavesdropping so that he could run around the country accusing them of being "soft" and "weak" on Terrorism.
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Keith Perine / CQPolitics.com:
Democrats Introduce Censure Resolutions Aimed at Bush, Cheney and Gonzales  —  Democrats have introduced resolutions in the House and Senate that would censure President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.  —  Russ Feingold, D-Wis., introduced the censure resolutions …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Bluey Blog
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house.gov:
Feingold, Hinchey Introduce Resolutions Censuring President …
CNN:
Democratic candidates clash on lobbyist cash  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton is being taken to task by her two closest rivals for accepting $400,000 in campaign contributions from Washington lobbyists.  —  Over the weekend …
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USA Today:
Latest USAT/Gallup Poll gives Clinton 22-point lead over Obama
Discussion: The Corner
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.
Discussion: Steve Sailer and Economist's View
Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Is Even More Right Wing And Irrational Than Fox News  —  In a weekend conversation with wealthy supporters that was closed to reporters, Bill Clinton was asked about Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the Wall Street Journal.
Bloomberg:
Bear Stearns Caymans Filing May Hurt Bankrupt Funds' Creditors  —  Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) — Bear Stearns Cos.' decision to liquidate two bankrupt hedge funds in the Cayman Islands instead of New York may limit creditors' and investors' ability to get their money back.
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 …
Discussion: Informed Comment
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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Esquire:
The Beauty Contest  —  The half-wits and harridans talk about nothing so much as his hair.
Daily Mail:
Pattie Boyd: 'My hellish love triangle with George and Eric' - Part One
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Same Agencies to Run, Oversee Surveillance Program
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
New Congress, same culture
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Tax Argument  —  Earlier today, I reported on the earmarks …
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Is the New York Times the Next NSA Leak Target?
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The Truth About Jeri Thompson
Arlen Specter / Washington Post:
A Less Ambitious Approach to Immigration
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