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9:50 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 …
The Corner:
Private Second Glass
Discussion: Power Line
John Podhoretz / The Corner:
Update on The New Republic and Scott Beauchamp
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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New York Times:
The Fear of Fear Itself
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and BlueOregon
Washington Post:
Our Chance to Capture the Center
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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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton aide's PR firm is under attack
Discussion: TIME
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 …
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.
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Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Stocks rebound in volatile trading
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Power Line
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   TOMMY THOMPSON: BIG IDIOT?
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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Bows to Modern Realities, Eases Rules on Past Drug Use  —  Policy Change Comes as Agency Struggles to Fill Openings  —  The buttoned-down FBI is loosening up: Under a little-noticed new hiring policy introduced this year, job applicants with a history of drug use will no longer …
Discussion: The Crone Speaks
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Is 2008 The New 1964?  —  There's a Pro-Ron-Paul meme going around, to the effect that 2008 is the new 1964; i.e. that on the premise—debatable in itself, of course—that the GOP has no chance of winning the presidency next year, conservatives should run a Goldwater-style insurgency to remind …
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
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).
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.
 
 
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Allan Mallinson / Telegraph:
How much longer can the Army fight?
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
Louis Menand / New Yorker:
LIVES OF OTHERS
Mark Townsend / Observer:
Afghan victory 'could take 38 years'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Northern Exposure  —  The GOP's Alaska delegation could become …
White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with …
Associated Press:
New Orleans facing pipes problem
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ABCNEWS:
2 Charged With Pipe Bombs Near Navy Base
Discussion: Jihad Watch and ThreatsWatch
The Atlantic Online:
Laffer Press Roundup
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Today's Videos on WSJ.com: Brendan Miniter …
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.
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
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Analysis: Military Shows Gains in Iraq