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8:05 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.
John Podhoretz / The Corner:
Update on The New Republic and Scott Beauchamp
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF SCOTT BEAUCHAMP, FABULIST...
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Middling Ground: more on the semiotics of Scott Thomas Beauchamp
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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New York Times:
The Fear of Fear Itself  —  It was appalling to watch over the last few days as Congress — now led by Democrats — caved in to yet another unnecessary and dangerous expansion of President Bush's powers, this time to spy on Americans in violation of basic constitutional rights.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
New Congress, same culture
Discussion: MyDD
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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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CNN:   Democratic candidates clash on lobbyist cash
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 …
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]
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.
CNN:
Crews 'using every means known to mankind' to reach miners  —  HUNTINGTON, Utah (CNN) — Rescue crews in central Utah know exactly where six trapped miners are located, but were forced to turn around late Monday because of "impassable conditions," the mine's operator said.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
Democracy Now:
Democrats Capitulate to President Bush as Congress Gives Government Broad New Powers to Conduct Warrantless Surveillance on American Citizens  —  Watch 128k stream Watch 256k stream Read Transcript  —  Help Printer-friendly version Email to a friend Purchase Video/CD
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Stop The ACLU
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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
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
New Orleans facing pipes problem  —  Official: City loses 50 million gallons of water each day; lines leak sewage  —  NEW ORLEANS - Deep underground, an unseen crisis is threatening New Orleans' already troubled recovery.  —  The city's 3,200-mile system of water and sewer lines — old …
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).
 
 
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Ion Mihai Pacepa / Opinion Journal:
Propaganda Redux  —  Take it from this old KGB hand …
Discussion: European Tribune
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with …
The Atlantic Online:
Laffer Press Roundup
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Videos on WSJ.com: Brendan Miniter …
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Keith Perine / CQPolitics.com:
Democrats Introduce Censure Resolutions Aimed at Bush, Cheney and Gonzales
Esquire:
The Beauty Contest  —  The half-wits and harridans talk about nothing so much as his hair.
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Daily Mail:
Pattie Boyd: 'My hellish love triangle with George and Eric' - Part One
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Same Agencies to Run, Oversee Surveillance Program
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Tax Argument  —  Earlier today, I reported on the earmarks …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Is Giuliani's Daughter an Obama Supporter?
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Turkey to Warn Iraq on Rebel Sanctuaries