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4:45 PM ET, August 9, 2007

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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.
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Reuters:
Romney: Giuliani's NYC 'Sanctuary' for Illegal Immigrants  —  Republican Presidential Contender Calls Giuliani's New York a 'Sanctuary' for Illegals  —  In one of the strongest conflicts yet between Republican presidential front-runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacked rival …
CBS News:
Romney Rips Rudy On Immigration
Discussion: Boston Globe and DownWithTyranny!
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Primary Season Getting Earlier  —  S.C. GOP's Move Could Push Votes For 2008 Into '07  —  South Carolina's Republican Party will move its 2008 presidential primary forward to Jan. 19, sources said yesterday, a decision almost certain to spark a cascade of calendar changes that could push …
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Confederate Yankee:
When Hidden Experts Are Found  —  Exactly one week ago today on August 2nd, the editors of the magazine The New Republic posted A Statement on Scott Thomas Beauchamp, in which they claimed: … What is most interesting about the The New Republic's statement is that while they state they spoke to …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Progressives For Racist Smears?  —  It doesn't take long for provocateurs to crawl out of the woodwork to attack candidates, especially in stealth attacks.  With Fred Thompson, they've apparently started before he officially enters the race — and in one case, race is the operative word.
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 …
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David Nitkin / Baltimore Sun:
Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
USA Today:
First lady, Jenna Bush to write children's book  —  First lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush are writing a children's book about a boy who doesn't like to read.  It is based on their experiences as teachers.  —  HarperCollins plans to announce today that it will publish the as-yet-untitled picture book next spring.
Brian S. Wesbury / Opinion Journal:
Fair but Unbalanced  —  How the media promote false pessimism about the economy.  —  Not that it needed any help, but the already energized debate about journalistic bias was electrified when Rupert Murdoch, owner of the "fair and balanced" Fox News Channel, struck a deal to buy The Wall Street Journal.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Talking Heads [Bruce]
Discussion: Economist's View and Brendan Nyhan
White House:
President Bush Discusses American Competitiveness Initiative During Press Conference  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, thank you.  When I came into office in 2001, our nation was headed into a recession.  So we cut the taxes across the board.  And hardworking Americans have used this tax relief …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA AND PAKISTAN  —  I'm always interested to try to tease apart and find the meta-debates operating beneath the surface of campaign debates.  As I wrote a few years ago in what I called the bitch-slap theory of GOP electoral politics, the whole swift-boat saga was less about the specifics …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRESIDENT BUSH ON ACCOUNTABILITY  —  On Scooter Libby: "Lewis Libby was held accountable."  —  On Al Gonzales: "I haven't seen Congress say he's done anything wrong ... Why would I hold someone accountable who has done nothing wrong?"
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Will the real Colin Powell stand up?  —  Every movement, gesture and tic of the Bush administration is shadowed by its past.  When National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell was deployed politically to overawe timorous legislators into approving unlimited and warrantless domestic surveillance …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Brian Beutler
James Ewinger / Plain Dealer:
Kent officer tickets man for 'Impeach Bush' sign  —  Kent - A soft-spoken teacher posted the words "Impeach Bush" in a public garden, and Kent police cast him as an outlaw.  —  Today Kevin Egler is fighting that in Kent Municipal Court, and the case is emerging as a free-speech issue …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Los Angeles Times:
Attitudes on gays in military shifting
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Clinton expressed views on nukes in 2006
The Atlantic Online:
Communing  —  I enjoyed Glenn Greenwald's take on the "foreign policy community".
New York Times:
The Misery Strategy  —  The path the country has set on since …
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