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1:45 PM 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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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
BLOGS MISSING THE REAL STORY AS USUAL  —  Getting caught up in a blog swarm on a particular topic can be hazardous.  The very fact that so many are writing about the same thing can generate its own momentum, its own "narrative."  Each succeeding blogger who writes about the subject feels compelled …
Discussion: INDCJournal and Riehl World View
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Re: Private Second Glass
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Obligatory Beauchamp Post
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
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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Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Where's the Leadership?
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.
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David Harsanyi / David Harsanyi's Blog:   What's missing here? How about "Free Speech"?
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 …
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.
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
IN DEFENSE OF BABY EINSTEIN:  —  There's another study today debunking the benefits of baby Einstein videos.  Ezra Klein concludes, "Turns out that plopping your kids in front of the television for hours on end with only an intelligence-enhancing DVD to care for them does not, in fact, raise geniuses."
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
Discussion: The Belmont Club, Hot Air and IMAO
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: The Garlic and The Atlantic Online
ABCNEWS:
'Plot Would Have Killed Thousands'  —  EXCLUSIVE: Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Offers Chilling Details About 2006 Airplane Plot and Current Terror Threats  —  Terrorists who had planned to detonate gel-based explosives on U.S.-bound flights from London last August …
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.
 
 
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Doug Elfman / Chicago Sun Times:
Olbermann factor boosts MSNBC
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Sunday Morning Missteps
Edward Cone / CIO Insight:
The Web 2.008 Campaign  —  Web video and social networks …
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Liz Mair / The Atlantic Online:
More on Bloomberg's nanny state (surveillance state?) plans
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe / Climate Progress:
Early 2007 saw record-breaking extreme weather
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
State's voter rolls shrinking
George Jones / Telegraph:
UK 'should give up UN seat'
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
City Is Rebuffed on the Release of '04 Records
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton aide's PR firm is under attack
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: Wonkette, MSNBC and Prairie Weather
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Bows to Modern Realities, Eases Rules on Past Drug Use
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Is 2008 The New 1964?  —  There's a Pro-Ron-Paul meme going around …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Northern Exposure  —  The GOP's Alaska delegation could become …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BROWNBACK GETS TUBULAR
New York Times:
Bridge Collapse Revives Issue of Road Spending