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11:50 AM ET, August 9, 2007


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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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Race to be first unsettles campaign  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — The political primary calendar for 2008 is beginning to resemble a game of bumper cars more than an orderly way of selecting the next Democratic and Republican nominees.  —  Near panic was set off Wednesday when some people got …
Discussion: New York Times
Todd DOrman / Quad City Times:
GOP works to secure straw poll; Culver vows caucus will precede all primaries  —  DES MOINES — It's a fake vote that will draw the kind of attention usually reserved for a real election, and Iowa Republican Party officials insist they're taking aggressive steps to safeguard Saturday's hotly contested Ames straw poll.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …, TIME and MSNBC
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: The Iowa Squeeze
Discussion: New York Times
Des Moines Register:
Actor-politician Fred Thompson to visit Iowa next week
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Democrats Praise Military Progress  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - One senator said U.S. troops are routing out al-Qaida in parts of Iraq.  Another insisted President Bush's plan to increase troops has caused tactical momentum.  —  One even went so far on Wednesday as to say the argument could be made that U.S. troops are winning.
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Polls show shift in attitudes on Iraq following military inroads  —  WASHINGTON — Even some critics of President Bush's Iraq war policies are conceding there is evidence of recent improvements from a military standpoint.  But Bush supporters and critics alike agree that these have not been matched …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
First Father: Tough Times on Sidelines  —  There are times in the life of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States and father of the 43rd, that people, perfect strangers, come up to him and say the harshest things — words intended to comfort but words that wind up only causing pain.
Fox News:
President Bush Schedules 10:30 A.M. News Conference
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   Talking Heads [Bruce]
Associated Press:
New Republic Iraq Stories Questioned  —  NEW YORK — A magazine gets a hot story straight from a soldier in Iraq and publishes his writing, complete with gory details, under a pseudonym.  The stories are chilling: An Iraqi boy befriends American troops and later has his tongue cut out by insurgents.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   "Calls to Editor Franklin Foer at The New Republic in Washington …
David Brown / Washington Post:
Bush Apparently Had Lyme Disease  —  President Bush was treated a year ago for what appears to have been Lyme disease, the White House said yesterday in disclosing the results of his annual physical exam.  —  A report of the president's recent medical examination said his case had …
David Nitkin / Baltimore Sun:
Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Romney: Giuliani's NYC 'Sanctuary' for Illegal Immigrants  —  Republican Presidential Contender Calls Giuliani's New York a 'Sanctuary' for Illegals  —  For 10 years, Romney used the services of a landscaping company for his Belmont, Mass., estate that hired illegal workers from Guatemala …
Discussion: Right Wing News and
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush May Try to Cut Corporate Tax Rates  —  President Cites Need To Compete Globally  —  President Bush said yesterday that he is considering a fresh plan to cut tax rates for U.S. corporations to make them more competitive around the world, an initiative that could further inflame a battle …
Chris / TVNewser:
AFL-CIO Forum Ratings: Lowest Yet  —  The AFL-CIO Democratic forum last night on MSNBC, was the lowest rated-yet of the eight primary debates/forums held this election season.  Based on live +same day data, Nielsen found the debate had 960,000 total viewers and 340,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo.
William Bradley / Pajamas Media:
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Discussion: Outside The Beltway
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Hurdles Frustrate Effort to Shrink Guantánamo  —  The decision this week by the British government to request the return of five Guantánamo detainees with British ties was welcome news for Bush administration officials eager to cut the detention center's population.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
The Blogs Are Alive With the Sound of Angry Democrats  —  Progressive and liberal groups and left-leaning blogs are furious, tossing around fighting words like "spineless," "craven" and "weak."  —  So much for the hopes of Democratic leaders that they could avoid a withering political attack …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Admiral Scapegoat  —  A sadder but wiser Vice Admiral J.M. …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Boston Globe:
Romney has a memory lapse on Mass.  —  WILTON, Iowa — Mitt Romney spent yesterday morning barnstorming the small farming communities of Eastern Iowa, holding a series of "Ask Mitt Anything" events and urging his supporters to turn out for the straw poll in Ames on Saturday.
Liz Mair / The Atlantic Online:   Your morning bit of Romney ridiculousness
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
British Criticize U.S. Air Attacks in Afghan Region  —  SANGIN, Afghanistan — A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Cliff Schecter
Counterterrorism Blog:
CAIR Identified by the FBI as part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee  —  Dallas—In testimony Tuesday, FBI Agent Lara Burns reported before the jury in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was listed as a member …
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Gateway Pundit:
Antiwar Liberal Mouthpiece Jon Soltz Gets Deserved Smackdown
Discussion: Kesher Talk
James Ewinger / Plain Dealer:
Kent officer tickets man for 'Impeach Bush' sign
Jerry Lynott / The Times Leader:
Kanjo: Public angry with government
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Bridge Hero Gets Offer: Paid Tuition
Police arrest French teen over Potter translation
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Minorities Now Form Majority in One-Third of Most-Populous Counties
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
GOP hopes to make inroads with Hispanics
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Saudis might take Bibles from tourists
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Matthew Pennington / The Huffington Post:
Pakistan May Declare State of Emergency
New York Times:
Potential Flaw Is Found in Design of Fallen Bridge