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2:35 PM 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 …
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John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: The Iowa Squeeze
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
David Nitkin / Baltimore Sun:
Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says  —  Action taken in 2006 after finding of rash that indicated illness  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush was treated for Lyme disease a year ago after developing a circular rash characteristic of the ailment, the White House announced yesterday.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
First Father: Tough Times on Sidelines
David Brown / Washington Post:
Bush Apparently Had Lyme Disease
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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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.
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 …
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Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Democrats Praise Military Progress
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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: Brendan Nyhan
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and Wonkette
James Bannan / APC:
Too much security can be overbearing: Microsoft  —  TECH.ED |  When does too much security become, well, too much?  According to Steve Riley, senior security strategist at Microsoft, it becomes too much when the cost of mitigating the risk outweighs the cost of that which you are trying to protect.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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The Atlantic Online:   Steve Riley, meet John Mueller
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 …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
Senate Joins Knockoff Battle  —  THE movement by American designers to ban other companies from knocking off their work has gained some momentum since the idea was first introduced last year.  At a news conference yesterday at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Senator Charles E. Schumer …
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?"
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and BLACKFIVE
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.
 
 
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The Blotter:
Administration Fights Dem Plan to Boost School Aid for Vets
Horses Mouth:
This video, in which Fox News' Neil Cavuto practically pleads …
Discussion: The RBC
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Police Blotter  —  Some choose virginity, some have it thrust upon …
Washington Post:
Musharraf Rejects State of Emergency
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Sunni Fighters Find Strategic Benefits in Tentative Alliance With U.S.
BBC:
Legal fight over red cross symbol
Discussion: Blogs of War
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Tkarr / Save the Internet Blog:
AT&T Plays Gatekeeper. Censors Pearl Jam.
Chris / TVNewser:
AFL-CIO Forum Ratings: Lowest Yet
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
The Blogs Are Alive With the Sound of Angry Democrats
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Bridge Hero Gets Offer: Paid Tuition
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Minorities Now Form Majority in One-Third of Most-Populous Counties
Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Saudis might take Bibles from tourists
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush May Try to Cut Corporate Tax Rates