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1:35 AM ET, August 10, 2007


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Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data  —  Years of bad data corrected; 1998 no longer the warmest year on record  —  My earlier column this week detailed the work of a volunteer team to assess problems with US temperature data used for climate modeling.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
1998 no longer the hottest year on record in USA  —  Here's a story of scientific investigation and discovery I'm proud to have had a small part in.  —  Regular readers may remember that I posted about a climate station in Detroit Lakes MN last week, surveyed by volunteer Don Kostuch …
Coyote Blog:
Breaking News: Recent US Temperature Numbers Revised Downwards Today  —  This is really big news, and a fabulous example of why two-way scientific discourse is still valuable, in the same week that both Newsweek and Al Gore tried to make the case that climate skeptics were counter-productive and evil.
Matt / Think Progress:
In A Three Minute Monologue, Matthews Gushes Over Bush's 'Great Neo-Conservative Mind'  —  Immediately following President Bush's press conference today, MSNBC's Chris Matthews spent three unbroken minutes fawning over the president's "powerful rendition" of his "philosophy" without uttering a single critical word.
Matt / Think Progress:   Bush On Torture Report: 'Haven't Seen It, We Don't Torture'
Associated Press:
Marine's Charges Dropped in Iraq Deaths  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) - A general dropped all charges Thursday against a Marine who had been accused of killing three Iraqi brothers in response to a roadside bomb attack in Haditha in 2005.  —  "The evidence does not support a referral to a court-martial …
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Charges dropped against 2 Marines in Haditha case
Discussion: A Blog For All
Kevin / Pundit Review:   Charges finally dropped against Haditha Marine Justin Sharratt
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush: No Tax Cut for Corporations
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Progressive For Racist Smears?  (Update: Progressive Wises Up A Little Late)  —  Note: the site in question is now Not Safe for Work or family viewing.  See Update III. 5:15 — Now safe; see update IV.  —  It doesn't take long for provocateurs to crawl out of the woodwork to attack candidates, especially in stealth attacks.
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Gov't to step up immigration enforcement  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration plans to step up immigration enforcement by raising fines on employers who hire undocumented workers, overhauling temporary worker programs and speeding up deployment of border agents, according to a summary of the plans.
Discussion: On Deadline
Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is getting serious.  The media carnival about alleged war critics Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack "suddenly" expressing optimism about the surge is now threatening to balloon into something much larger than those two, a meme much more grotesque and Frankenstein-like.  Call it a Franken-meme.
University of Iowa News Services:
As Straw Poll Approaches, Romney Soars, Giuliani Drops And McCain Collapses  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to have taken a commanding lead in Iowa among registered Republican voters and Republican caucus goers, according to a new University of Iowa poll released today, Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Hundreds of buses to arrive in Ames
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Matthew Scully / The Atlantic Online:
Present at the Creation  —  The only person the speechwriter Michael Gerson made look better than President Bush was Michael Gerson.  The shaping of a Washington reputation, as witnessed by a White House colleague  —  M ichael J. Gerson, my former speechwriting colleague in the Bush White House …
The Blotter:
Administration Fights Dem Plan to Boost School Aid for Vets  —  Alexandra Bahou and Anna Schecter Report:  —  The Bush administration opposes a Democratic effort to restore full educational benefits for returning veterans, according to an official's comments last week.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pearl Jam censored by AT&T, calls for a neutral 'Net  —  A bit of heavy-handed censorship of a Pearl Jam concert by AT&T this weekend led the band to fire off an open letter to fans—a letter in which Pearl Jam railed against media and ISP consolidation and called for readers to support network neutrality.
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Police Blotter  —  Some choose virginity, some have it thrust upon them — and unfortunately, some then turn it around and thrust it upon others at Young Republican events: … Above: Why do they all have this exact facial hair? … "Oh whew," Republicans are saying, "I thought it was another closeted-gay sex crime.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Senator Jim Bunning: "Little Green Doctors Are Pounding at My Back"  —  So sometimes in the background I put on audio snippets, music, conversations, whatnot.  Last week, I was listening to Senator Jim Bunning's conference call with reporters from his website, and I suddenly heard this crazy rant.
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Steven D. Levitt / New York Times:
Terrorism, Part II
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
The 2007 Club for Growth RePORK Card
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Army to Expand Recruiting Incentives
Discussion: Firedoglake and Upper Left
Associated Press:
Google lets subjects of news stories comment on articles about them
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Fossils challenge old evoluton theory
Discussion: GINA COBB and Corrente
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RUDY AND THE TERRORISTS....Via Jon Chait, Wayne Barrett has a piece …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The New Republic
Howard Mortman / The Politico:
Barack's Barry Bonds baseball bust
Aaron Mannes / Counterterrorism Blog:
Dawood Ibrahim in the Dock?
Discussion: The Belmont Club
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Opposes Raising Gas Tax for Bridge Repairs
Greg Moran / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Guilty-plea files may be unsealed
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Forum Reflects Gays' Clout
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Will the real Colin Powell stand up?
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Sunni Fighters Find Strategic Benefits in Tentative Alliance With U.S.
USA Today:
First lady, Jenna Bush to write children's book