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7:00 AM ET, August 8, 2007

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Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Who Is The "Purest" Of Them All?  Clinton, Obama, Edwards Battle Over Lobbyists' Money  —  In the increasingly bitter debate over taking campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interests, there are few candidates with clean hands.  —  John Edwards and Barack Obama …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Maybe its the heat..sharper exchanges mark Chicago forum
Discussion: The Politico
The Atlantic Online:   AFL-CIO Debate: Clinton Earns Loudest Boos, Biggest Applause
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Obama brushes back foreign policy critics
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is interesting.  It turns out Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, went to Iraq with Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack.  That is, Cordesman — according to CNN, which just reported this moments ago …
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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 …
Edward Cone / CIO Insight:
The Web 2.008 Campaign  —  Web video and social networks are two of the hottest technologies for Campaign '08.  Video is ready for prime time, social networking is a relative unknown.  —  Video arrived in 2006, when George Allen, then a Republican Virginia senator, called a rival staffer the crypto-racist slur "macaca."
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The Corner:
Clinton Tonight  —  In response to more than a few answers tonight — on Iraq, on China — I've said, "she sounds reasonable."  If I were a normal America, I think I'd really think that.  —  That's really hard to admit.  I still have both "Clinton Hater" and "Vast-Right-Wing Conspiracy" cards in my wallet.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
HILLARY vs. HITLERY....Over at National Review, Kathryn Jean …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. Says Iran-Supplied Bomb Is Killing More 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: The Agonist
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.
DownWithTyranny!:
HOW DOES A CLOSET CASE APPEAL TO THE RADICAL RIGHT IN SOUTH CAROLINA?  LET'S ASK LINDSEY GRAHAM  —  You go, girl!  —  Forget, for a moment, that Lindsey Graham (R-SC) takes it up the tuches by night, while spewing anti-gay hatred and bigotry by day, rabble-rousing the rednecks …
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
For an Iraq Contractor, Duty, and Then Death  —  Brenton Thomas Gray was no longer a soldier when he died a soldier's death last August on a northern Baghdad road.  There were an armored car, a curbside bomb, a sizzling explosion.  The sky went black with smoke and melting tar.
hse.gov.uk:
Initial report on potential breaches to biosecurity at the Pirbright site, 2007  —  Background  — An outbreak of foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) was confirmed at a farm in Surrey on 3 August 2007.  — Preliminary Defra investigations indicated that the virus may have originated …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Vacancies Whittle Away Right's Hold On Key Court  —  Four years ago, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz challenged the conservatives who dominated the federal appeals court in Richmond, urging her colleagues to reverse a decision backing the Bush administration's detention of a U.S. citizen as an "enemy combatant."
Discussion: MyDD
taking down words:
Breaking News: Glenn Murphy Faces Criminal Deviate Conduct Investigation  —  Clark County GOP Chair and newly elected Young Republican National Federation Chair Glenn Murphy is under investigation for criminal deviate conduct, a Class B felony, for allegedly engaging in oral sex with a sleeping victim.
 
 
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The Corner:
Civic duty  —  I wrote a column this week about the malign influence …
Discussion: Hyscience
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Down to His Base of Support
Discussion: Alternate Brain and Power Line
Rupert Cornwell / The Independent:
Pentagon admits 190,000 weapons missing in Iraq
New Yorker:
Interesting Times  —  FOGOSPHERE  —  Two recent Iraq controversies:
Melissa Drosjack / Fox News:
San Diego Firefighters File Complaint for Being Forced to Attend Gay Pride Parade
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Gallup Guru:
A hint of more positive news for the Bush admininstration
The Hill:
State by State: California, Colorado, Idaho
Discussion: MyDD and Swing State Project
 Earlier Items: 
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Kill Or Convert, Brought To You By the Pentagon
American Prospect:
Dispatches From the Konservetkult
The Atlantic Online:
The Greatest  —  Kevin Drum: … I say: No. The man holds …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Failure of Antigovernment Conservatism
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
States Feel Left Out Of Disaster Planning
Discussion: First Draft
TPMmuckraker:
Entire Alaska Delegation Contributed Earmarks To 3 Mile Road
Jon / Exurban League:
ExLg Scoop! Prevue of Tonight's Democratic Debate!
Associated Press:
Taliban stages brazen attack on U.S. base