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10:15 AM ET, August 8, 2007

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New York Times:
War on Terror Takes Focus at Democrats' Debate  —  The Democratic presidential candidates tangled over foreign policy Tuesday night, criticizing Senator Barack Obama for proposing an attack against Al Qaeda in Pakistan.  He struck back at his rivals who had supported the Iraq war, saying they had …
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The Atlantic Online:
AFL-CIO Debate: Clinton Earns Loudest Boos, Biggest Applause  —  A hometown crowd cheered Sen. Barack Obama as he volleyed with his Democratic rivals over his judgment and experience during tonight's AFL-CIO debate in Chicago.  But it was Sen. Clinton who, in what might be a metaphor for the entire race …
Mike Kalil / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Clinton, in Derry, takes aim at mortgage woes
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Who Is The "Purest" Of Them All? …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The RBC
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Army Says Soldier's Articles for Magazine Were False  —  An Army investigation into the Baghdad Diarist, a soldier in Iraq who wrote anonymous columns for The New Republic, has concluded that the sometimes shockingly cruel reports were false.  —  "We are not going into the details of the investigation …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Army Concludes Baghdad Diarist Accounts Untrue  —  Army investigators have concluded that the private whose dispatches for the New Republic accused his fellow soldiers of petty cruelties in Iraq was not telling the truth.  —  The finding, disclosed yesterday, came days after the Washington …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Bomb Suppled by Iran Kills Troops in Iraq  —  Attacks on American-led forces using a lethal type of roadside bomb said to be supplied by Iran reached a new high in July, according to the American military.  —  The devices, known as explosively formed penetrators …
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Atrios / Eschaton:
And Another Michael Gordon Special
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Agonist
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Split in anti-war left  —  Congress's failure to secure a timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq has split anti-war activists on the tactical question of whether to attack Democrats, who now control Capitol Hill.  —  The split has also underlined accusations among some activists …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
A Spy Chief's Political Education  —  Last Thursday evening, during the frantic endgame of a White House push to broaden its eavesdropping authorities, Democratic leaders from the House and the Senate gathered in the Capitol office of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House …
Josh White / Washington Post:
General Blames Clerical Errors In the Case of Missing Arms  —  Bookkeeping deficiencies allowed thousands of weapons issued to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 to then go missing, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said yesterday.  —  "Some percentage" …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and News Hounds
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Rupert Cornwell / The Independent:   Pentagon admits 190,000 weapons missing in Iraq
Anthony H. Cordesman / Center for Strategic …:
DATE OF PUBLICATION: … SYNOPSIS:  —  Everyone sees Iraq differently.  As one leading US official in Iraq put it, "the current situation is like playing three dimensional chess in the dark while someone is shooting at you."  It is scarcely surprising that my perceptions of a recent trip …
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The Atlantic Online:
The Greatest  —  Kevin Drum: … I say: No. The man holds the record for most career home runs and most home runs in a single season.  What's more, not only did he hit 73 home runs in 2001, but he also "managed to shatter two of Babe Ruth's longstanding records — most walks (177) and highest slugging percentage (.863) in a season."
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
U.S. Set for a Crackdown on Illegal Hiring  —  In a new effort to crack down on illegal immigrants, federal authorities are expected to announce tough rules this week that would require employers to fire workers who use false Social Security numbers.  —  Officials said the rules would be backed …
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales  —  The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Let Wisconsin Experiment with Socialized Medicine  —  "On, Wisconsin ... run the ball clear down the field!"  —  It's time to amend the Wisconsin football song so we can cheer on the Badger State's politicians as they move toward health-care socialism.  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial …
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Kill Or Convert, Brought To You By the Pentagon  —  Actor Stephen Baldwin, the youngest member of the famous Baldwin brothers, is no longer playing Pauly Shore's sidekick in comedy masterpieces like Biodome.  He has a much more serious calling these days.  —  Baldwin became a right-wing …
Salt Lake Tribune:
Murray's meltdown?  Angry briefing draws rebuke from House labor committee chairman, others  —  Robert Murray scoured the skies for the helicopters above Crandall Canyon, refusing to continue his disjointed, rambling Tuesday morning media briefing until the county sheriff chased them off.
New York Times:
The Democratic Candidates Forum  —  The following is the transcript of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. candidates forum, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  MODERATOR: KEITH OLBERMANN: These formalities out of the way, the lucky recipient of our first question has been determined by lottery.
 
 
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The Corner:
Civic duty  —  I wrote a column this week about the malign influence …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Down to His Base of Support
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Gallup Guru:
A hint of more positive news for the Bush admininstration
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
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For an Iraq Contractor, Duty, and Then Death