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5:25 PM ET, August 9, 2007


 Top Items: 
CBS News:
Romney Rips Rudy On Immigration
Discussion: Boston Globe and DownWithTyranny!
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Progressives For Racist Smears?  (Update: Progressive Wises Up A Little Late)  —  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.
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 …
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 …
David Nitkin / Baltimore Sun:
Bush was treated for Lyme disease, White House says
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton discussed use of nukes last year  —  NEW YORK - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who chastised rival Barack Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in the war on terror, did just that when asked about Iran a year ago.  —  "I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table," she said in April 2006.
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Talking Heads [Bruce]
Discussion: Economist's View and Brendan Nyhan
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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
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?"
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Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Forum Reflects Gays' Clout
Associated Press:
College student who caught Bonds ball tells 'Today' he may not sell
Los Angeles Times:
Attitudes on gays in military shifting
Discussion: Boi From Troy
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 …
Discussion: Lonewacko, The RBC and Ezra Klein
Horses Mouth:
This video, in which Fox News' Neil Cavuto practically pleads …
Discussion: The RBC
Eric Wilson / New York Times:
Senate Joins Knockoff Battle
Washington Post:
Musharraf Rejects State of Emergency
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Sunni Fighters Find Strategic Benefits in Tentative Alliance With U.S.
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
PACs and lobbyists aided Obama's rise
Legal fight over red cross symbol
Discussion: Blogs of War
Chris / TVNewser:
AFL-CIO Forum Ratings: Lowest Yet
James Ewinger / Plain Dealer:
Kent officer tickets man for 'Impeach Bush' sign
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
British Criticize Air Attacks in Afghan Region
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Cliff Schecter
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
The Blogs Are Alive With the Sound of Angry Democrats
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Hurdles Frustrate Effort to Shrink Guantánamo