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11:15 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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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   Bill Kristol Is a Genius
The Corner:
Private Second Glass
Discussion: Power Line and Wake up America
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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Washington Post:
Our Chance to Capture the Center
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Where's the Leadership?
Discussion: Salon
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Edwards Makes Courting Labor a Key Strategy in Bid for Nomination  —  Backing Meant Little for 2004 Candidates  —  Former senator John Edwards of North Carolina came to a labor hall here Monday morning for a speech on trade policy, but he had a different audience in mind.
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton aide's PR firm is under attack
Discussion: TIME
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.
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 …
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).
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 Atlantic Online
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 …
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 …
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Northern Exposure  —  The GOP's Alaska delegation could become the new poster boys for corruption.  —  Republicans faced a time for choosing last week, when Senate Democrats brought to the floor an ethics "reform" bill that may make it easier for Congress to dole out pork-barrel spending.
 
 
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Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
State's voter rolls shrinking
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Draining the 'Swamp' Is Not So Easy
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George Jones / Telegraph:
UK 'should give up UN seat'
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
City Is Rebuffed on the Release of '04 Records
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Tougher Rules Change Game for Lobbyists
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Says Newt: 'Odds are significant' the Democrats win the White House
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Fundraisers Tap Those Who Can't Say No  —  'Bundlers' Look …
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Louis Menand / New Yorker:
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FBI Bows to Modern Realities, Eases Rules on Past Drug Use
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White House:
President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with …
Associated Press:
New Orleans facing pipes problem
CNN:
Crews 'using every means known to mankind' to reach miners
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Bloomberg:
Bear Stearns Caymans Filing May Hurt Bankrupt Funds' Creditors
Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
Bill Clinton: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Is Even …