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8:50 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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / Huffington Post:
Who Is The "Purest" Of Them All? …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Iran-Supplied Bomb Is Killing More Troops in Iraq, U.S. Says  —  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 …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Atrios / Eschaton:
And Another Michael Gordon Special
Discussion: The Agonist
Los Angeles Times:
Bonds slugs way past Aaron for home run record  —  Giants slugger hits a 3-2 pitch in the fifth inning from Washington's Mike Bacsik for No. 756.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The ball exploded off Barry Bonds' bat, a small white sphere streaking through the dark San Francisco sky …
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
HILLARY vs. HITLERY....Over at National Review, Kathryn Jean …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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."
Gateway Pundit:
SUPER!!  Pakistani Music Stars Release Megahit Against Terrorism!!  (Video)  —  THIS IS TERRIFIC!!...  This music hit has become a big success in Pakistan.  —  8 out of the 10 biggest Pakistani music stars participated in the project.  —  There have been 60,000-70,000 downloads …
Discussion: GINA COBB
Melissa Drosjack / Fox News:
San Diego Firefighters File Complaint for Being Forced to Attend Gay Pride Parade  —  In 28 years of responding to fires and saving lives, Fire Capt. John Ghiotto of the San Diego Fire Department never thought his job would require him to attend a Gay Pride parade.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
Gallup Guru:
A hint of more positive news for the Bush admininstration  —  We're seeing some slight hints of positive news for the Bush administration.  For one thing, Bush's job approval rating has stopped its downward trajectory.  Bush hit bottom with his administration low point of 29% in early July …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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The Atlantic Online:
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The Corner:
Civic duty  —  I wrote a column this week about the malign influence …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
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Rupert Cornwell / The Independent:
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