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5:15 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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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: TNR challenges Weekly Standard's claim that Beauchamp has recanted; Update: Weekly Standard stands by its source  —  Hot off the pixel presses: … Note that Lamb isn't denying it, just saying that if it's true, no one's told him yet.  Goldfarb should offer TNR a deal: you burn your sources and we'll burn ours.
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
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.
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Gateway Pundit:
Finally... Proof of John F. Kerry's Useful Idiocy
Discussion: Pal2pal and Maggie's Farm
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 …
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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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.
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Rudy Giuliani: Only I can beat Hillary Clinton  —  Lambasting Democrats for having "embraced defeat" in Iraq, Rudy Giuliani is declaring himself the only Republican who will keep America on the offensive against Islamism and stop Hillary Clinton capturing the White House in 2008.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Andrew Giuliani Responds to Reports of Sister's Obama Fan Club Membership
Discussion: New York Times and CBS News
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.
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
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."
Discussion: The Corner
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Amber Dance / Baltimore Sun:
'Baby Einstein' stunts vocabulary, study says
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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.
Eric Black / Minnesota Monitor:
Fred Phelps Is Coming  —  The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., plans to stage protests at funerals of victims of the 35W bridge collapse to state that God made the bridge fall because he hates America, and especially Minnesota, because of its tolerance of homosexuality.
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?
 
 
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David Frum:
Too True for Journalism?
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
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ABCNEWS:
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
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