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1:50 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
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"Calls to Editor Franklin Foer at The New Republic in Washington …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
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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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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
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.
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Fox News:
President Bush Schedules 10:30 A.M. News Conference
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 …
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David Nitkin / Baltimore Sun:
Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
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
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.
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William Bradley / Pajamas Media:
WAKE ME UP WHEN THE DEBATES ARE OVER  —  Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
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Discussion: Economist's View
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