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4:50 PM ET, August 7, 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 …
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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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   The Firewall Of Sanity Crumbles In Face Of Irrelevancy
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.
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Rudy Giuliani: Only I can beat Hillary Clinton
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Andrew Giuliani Responds to Reports of Sister's Obama Fan Club Membership
Discussion: New York Times and CBS News
CNN Political Ticker:
Poll shows Clinton widens lead over Obama
Discussion: Politics
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 …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Greenwald: New FISA Law Means Admin 'Can Listen To Every Single International Call That You Make'  —  The White House has engaged in an all-out spin operation to downplay its new warrantless wiretapping powers.  Yesterday, White House spokesperson Dana Perino falsely alleged that the new law returns …
Discussion: Salon, New York Times and AMERICAblog
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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.
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.
Michael J. Totten:
An Iraqi Interpreter's Story  —  "Please, sir, can you help me?  I must work with Americans, because my psychology is demolished by Saddam Hussein.  Not just me.  All Iraqis.  Psychological demolition."  - Iraqi woman to New Yorker reporter George Packer.  —  "The Hammer," Titan Company Badge # S-10296
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
How Credit Got So Easy And Why It's Tightening  —  An extraordinary credit boom that created many first-time homeowners and financed a wave of corporate takeovers seems to be waning.  Home buyers with poor credit are having trouble borrowing.  Institutional investors from Milwaukee to Düsseldorf to Sydney are reporting losses.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Misreporting Obama?  —  When Obama's big terrorism speech last week made headlines for its threat of military action in Pakistan, and won plaudits for its meatiness and detail, I wondered whether the main impression America would get from it would be that he's a fresh voice on foreign policy; or that he wants to invade Pakistan.
Greg Robb / MarketWatch:
Steady Fed sees risks to growth but keeps focus on inflation  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Federal Open Market Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to sit tight on interest rates and keep its focus on inflation, but at the same time acknowledged there were downside risks from the recent turmoil in financial markets.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rick Perlstein / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
Camp Kirsanow  —  I haven't seen this getting much attention.  It should.  On July 19, a man named Peter Kirsanow said that if Arabs staged another terrorist attack on American soil, the doors might swing open to new American concentration camps.  —  And who is Peter Kirsanow?  A shrieking talk radio maniac?
Discussion: ACSBlog
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Tougher Rules Change Game for Lobbyists  —  H. Stewart Van Scoyoc, founder of one of the biggest lobbying firms in Washington, spent an anxious morning with his lawyer last week assessing the far-reaching ethics and lobbying rules Congress had passed the day before.
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: In From the Cold and The Garlic
 
 
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Bret Stephens / Opinion Journal:
Kernel of Evil  —  Selling weapons to the Saudis is logical.
Discussion: Israpundit
David Frum:
Too True for Journalism?
Reuters:
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Eric Black / Minnesota Monitor:
Fred Phelps Is Coming
Discussion: Think Progress
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A Great Time To Be Paranoid  —  Several times a month …
Discussion: Debsweb
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
Gore: Polluters manipulate climate info
Media Matters for America:
Gibson radio show executive producer: Edwards "whored his wife's …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
FactCheck.org:
Sunday Morning Missteps
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Edward Cone / CIO Insight:
The Web 2.008 Campaign  —  Web video and social networks …
Discussion: The State and TigerHawk
Liz Mair / The Atlantic Online:
More on Bloomberg's nanny state (surveillance state?) plans
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
City Is Rebuffed on the Release of '04 Records
ABCNEWS:
'Plot Would Have Killed Thousands'
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton aide's PR firm is under attack
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Bows to Modern Realities, Eases Rules on Past Drug Use
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wonkette
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
In Dusty Archives, a Theory of Affluence