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9:35 PM ET, August 9, 2007


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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 …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush: No Tax Cut for Corporations
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog
Matt / Think Progress:   Bush On Torture Report: 'Haven't Seen It, We Don't Torture'
Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data  —  Years of bad data corrected; 1998 no longer the warmest year on record  —  My earlier column this week detailed the work of a volunteer team to assess problems with US temperature data used for climate modeling.
Coyote Blog:
Breaking News: Recent US Temperature Numbers Revised Downwards Today  —  This is really big news, and a fabulous example of why two-way scientific discourse is still valuable, in the same week that both Newsweek and Al Gore tried to make the case that climate skeptics were counter-productive and evil.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
1998 no longer the hottest year on record in USA
Discussion: Coyote Blog and Macsmind
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Progressives For Racist Smears?  (Update: Progressive Wises Up A Little Late)  —  Note: the site in question is now Not Safe for Work or family viewing.  See Update III. 5:15 — Now safe; see update IV.  —  It doesn't take long for provocateurs to crawl out of the woodwork to attack candidates, especially in stealth attacks.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Leftist sets up fake KKK site to smear Fred? …
Discussion: Lonewacko
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.
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Charges dropped against 2 Marines in Haditha case
Discussion: A Blog For All
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.
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 …
Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is getting serious.  The media carnival about alleged war critics Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack "suddenly" expressing optimism about the surge is now threatening to balloon into something much larger than those two, a meme much more grotesque and Frankenstein-like.  Call it a Franken-meme.
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.
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
In the Debate Over Iran, More Calls for a Tougher U.S. Stance  —  Fourteen months after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered to talk to Iran, the failure of carrot-and-stick diplomacy to block Tehran's nuclear and regional ambitions is producing a new drumbeat for bolder action, including the possible use of force.
Discussion: Think Progress
Think Progress:
Wash Post Provides Discredited Neoconservative Pundits A Platform …
Discussion: WTF Is It Now??
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
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.
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Jennifer Delson / Los Angeles Times:
6 war protesters arrested at Democratic lawmaker's O.C. office
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Senator Jim Bunning: "Little Green Doctors Are Pounding at My Back"
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Opposes Raising Gas Tax for Bridge Repairs
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Russian bombers buzz US base in Guam
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Greg Moran / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Guilty-plea files may be unsealed
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Forum Reflects Gays' Clout
Discussion: Redstate and Los Angeles Times
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Associated Press:
College student who caught Bonds ball tells 'Today' he may not sell
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Will the real Colin Powell stand up?
New York Times:
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Eric Wilson / New York Times:
Senate Joins Knockoff Battle
Washington Post:
Musharraf Rejects State of Emergency
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Sunni Fighters Find Strategic Benefits in Tentative Alliance With U.S.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: