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7:30 PM ET, August 8, 2007

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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney speaks up for sons' decisions  —  BETTENDORF, Iowa - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons' decision not to enlist in the military, saying they're showing their support for the country by "helping me get elected."
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Quote Of The Day II … — Mitt Romney, explaining today why it's okay that none of his five sons enlisted in the military.  —  America thanks you, sons of Romney, for your brave and noble sacrifice on behalf of this great nation.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Romney Campaign: Remark About Sons Was Taken Out Of Context  —  Okay, the Romney campaign is suggesting that his remark earlier today — in which he appeared to say that his sons were supporting the country by helping get him elected President — was taken out of context by the Associated Press.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
DownWithTyranny!:
FLIP FLOP MITT EXPLAINS HOW RIDING AROUND IOWA IN A KEWL RV …
Discussion: Multi Medium and Greatscat!
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Romney's Sons And Our Troops [Eric]
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anne-Marie Slaughter / The Coffee House:
"To set the ship on a better course, you have to be ready to sink it."  —  The debate over bipartisanship continues.  I wrote a response to the many responses I got, on this blog and others, to my initial article calling for more bipartisanship in the Washington Post.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SERIOUS....I don't know Anne-Marie Slaughter.  Here's what I mean by this: not just that I've never met her, but that I don't even know much of anything about her views, what she's written, or, when you get right down to it, what kind of foreign policy she prefers.
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
INSTAPUNDIT IS SIX YEARS OLD TODAY: Here's what it looked like that first week.
Steven D. Levitt / New York Times:
If You Were a Terrorist, How Would You Attack?  —  The TSA recently announced that most airplane carry-on restrictions will stay in place for at least another year, until new X-ray technology has been fully installed.  Surprisingly, one item that will now be permitted on board is a lighter.
Center for American Progress:
Iraq Timeline: The Broken Record on "the Next Few Months"  —  The Bush administration as well as supporters and some critics of the Bush Iraq strategy have told Americans time and again during the past four years that the "next few months" in Iraq will be the "decisive, critical period" …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Free Lunch on Health?  Think Again  —  The great hope of every health care reformer is that better care will mean cheaper care.  —  The three leading Democrats running for president have all put this idea at the center of their plans.  Rudy Giuliani, the first Republican candidate to offer …
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St. Petersburg Times:
FBI seizes computers, store video in bomb case … TAMPA - Investigators have removed computers from the family home of a University of South Florida student accused of having pipe bombs in his car, according to Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democratic Leaders Move the Goalposts on Iraq  —  It appears that today is a watershed day with regard to US policy in Iraq.  Democratic leaders now acknowledge that the surge is working.  The only catch is, they say it's no surprise, they've known it for a while, and it's nothing significant.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The foreign policy community  —  If you haven't already read it, I highly recommend this memo from Samantha Powers, a Harvard Professor and top foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama.  It is one of the best and potentially most important political documents I have read in some time.
Discussion: Eschaton and The Atlantic Online
Larry Thomas / The News and Tribune:
Clark County Republican leader elected to national post  —  Clark County's Republican Party chairman has been elected head of the Young Republican National Federation.  —  Glenn Murphy Jr., a 33-year-old from Utica, was elected to the chairman's post July 7 in Hollywood, Fla. …
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
Terrorists teaming with drug cartels  —  Islamic extremists embedded in the United States — posing as Hispanic nationals — are partnering with violent Mexican drug gangs to finance terror networks in the Middle East, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report.
Associated Press:
Airman Who Alleged Rape Faces Court-Martial  —  She Ties Her Prosecution to Refusal to Testify Against Airmen She Says Attacked Her  —  A female airman says she faces a court-martial next month because she refused to testify against three male airmen she accused of rape.
 
 
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David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Bedeviled by faith  —  Rudy dodges questions about whether he's a 'good Catholic'
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Tula Connell / Firedoglake:
Coal Mine Disaster: An Act of God, But NEVER an Act of Greedy Corporations
Confederate Yankee:
Ho-Hum: Yet Another False Media-Reported Massacre In Iraq
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death'
Christopher Faherty / New York Sun:
Where's the Beef, Indeed: A Steak Shortage Hits N.Y.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Thestate Com / S.C. Politics Today:
Sources: Republicans will vote Jan. 19
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