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2:25 PM ET, August 8, 2007


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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
THEY WANT TO FIRE ALBERTO GONZALES AND GIVE HIM NEW EAVESDROPPING POWERS?  —  Happy six-month anniversary, U.S. attorney scandal!  (And what do you get for the scandal that has everything?)  —  The half-birthday of the purge scandal's explosion onto the front pages last February brings …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: TalkLeft and Reason
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Spy chief's role in espionage bill questioned
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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."
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
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.
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.
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 IS SIX YEARS OLD TODAY: Here's what it looked like that first week.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Isn't That 72 In Blog Years?
Prosecutor: Islamic students had pipe bombs  —  Tampa, Florida - When 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and 21-year-old Yousef Megahed appeared in court, there was no question in the prosecutor's mind what this was all about.  She says Mohamed was in possession of pipe bombs and materials that could have been made to make more bombs.
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Free Lunch on Health? Think Again
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The You Work For Us Summer Tour: Joe Sestak Speaks Out  —  Think Progress has some video and a transcript of Rep. Joe Sestak's speech at CAP yesterday.  And I wanted to highlight a particular aspect of his speech.  Sestak voted against the abomination of a FISA bill, and he had this to say about how the entire mess came about:
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Michelle Malkin:
The political patrons of Your Black Muslim Bakery  —  The SFChron's Matier and Ross report on the political backers of Your Black Muslim Bakery.  You'll be thrilled to know that millions in federal tax dollars have been forked over to this thug enterprise (at least $1.2 million …
Discussion: Ankle Biting Pundits
San Francisco Chronicle:
MATIER AND ROSS  —  Black Muslim Bakery squandered job-training money
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
The Atlantic Online:
Facts?  In the Lede?  Shocking!  —  Via Brian Beutler, the AFP tries a revolutionary experiment in writing their story in such a way as to make readers better informed about the issue at hand rather than more familiar with the president's propaganda.  Here's the lede: … Oh, my!
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Bonds Makes History With 756th Home Run  —  SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds hit No. 756 to the deepest part of the ballpark Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball's new home run king.  —  Bonds broke Hank Aaron's storied record in the fifth inning …
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" …
Patrick Cockburn / The Independent:
Disaster looms as 'Saddam dam' struggles to hold back the Tigris  —  As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse.
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.
Discussion: JunkYardBlog, Hot Air and IMAO
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Joe Drape / New York Times:
Should This Milk Be Legal?
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Gay power  —  It is a perennial complaint, heard election …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democratic Leaders Move the Goalposts on Iraq
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White Man's Burden
Huffington Post:
When Journalists Attack: Truth-Squadding David Shuster
Discussion: CBS News
The Nation:
The Populist Moment?
New York Times:
A Weak Dollar and the Fed
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Split in anti-war left
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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