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3:03 AM ET, August 10, 2007


 Top Items: 
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
1998 no longer the hottest year on record in USA  —  Here's a story of scientific investigation and discovery I'm proud to have had a small part in.  —  Regular readers may remember that I posted about a climate station in Detroit Lakes MN last week, surveyed by volunteer Don Kostuch …
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.
Discussion: A Blog For All and QandO
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bombshell?  NASA revises recent U.S. temperatures downward …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Coyote Blog
Matt / Think Progress:
In A Three Minute Monologue, Matthews Gushes Over Bush's 'Great Neo-Conservative Mind'  —  Immediately following President Bush's press conference today, MSNBC's Chris Matthews spent three unbroken minutes fawning over the president's "powerful rendition" of his "philosophy" without uttering a single critical word.
Media Matters for America:
Matthews: Where have all the "big, beefy" "every-way big guy" Democrats gone?  —  While discussing the Democratic presidential candidates on the August 8 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews asserted: "I don't see a big, beefy alternative to [Sen.] Hillary Clinton [D-NY] — a big guy.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Attytood
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush: No Tax Cut for Corporations
Discussion: Think Progress and Firedoglake
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 …
Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Charges dropped against 2 Marines in Haditha case
Discussion: A Blog For All
Agence France Presse:
US public sees news media as biased, inaccurate, uncaring: poll  —  More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don't care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.  —  And poll respondents who use the Internet …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Wizbang
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.
Josh White / Washington Post:
Analyst Urges Patience on Iraq, Seeing Chance for Some Gains
Discussion: The Influence Peddler and QandO
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Progressive 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.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
The Gay Debate  —  Stay tuned here for some liveblogging of the first-ever gay-issues debate, being held by the Democrats in Los Angeles and carried on the LOGO network...  [You can watch live on the Logo Web site here.]  —  9:01: Margaret Carlson is moderating.
Discussion: Classical Values
Gay Patriot:   Live-blogging the Logo Debate
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 …
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
The 2007 Club for Growth RePORK Card … These scores reflect the percentage of YES votes on 50 anti-pork amendments, which are itemized at the bottom of the page.  Four House members were not included on this scorecard:  —  1. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA-01) - recovering from surgery and thus did not vote
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Senator Jim Bunning: "Little Green Doctors Are Pounding at My Back"  —  So sometimes in the background I put on audio snippets, music, conversations, whatnot.  Last week, I was listening to Senator Jim Bunning's conference call with reporters from his website, and I suddenly heard this crazy rant.
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.
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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Washington Post:
Romney's Cash Beckons Iowans To Straw Poll
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Donsurber / Charleston Daily Mail:
Surf and tax  —  Come next January when the top is up on my Mustang …
Discussion: The Agitator
Greg Palkot / Fox News:
Reporter's Notebook: A Different Kind of Terror Tune
Discussion: INDCJournal and Hot Air
Jim Brown /
Idaho congressman disturbed by Hindu prayer in Senate, election of Muslim to House
Steven D. Levitt / New York Times:
Terrorism, Part II
Kimberly Hefling / Associated Press:
Army to Expand Recruiting Incentives
Discussion: Firedoglake and Upper Left
Associated Press:
Google lets subjects of news stories comment on articles about them
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Fossils challenge old evoluton theory
Discussion: GINA COBB and Corrente
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RUDY AND THE TERRORISTS....Via Jon Chait, Wayne Barrett has a piece …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The New Republic
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Gov't to step up immigration enforcement
Discussion: On Deadline
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Hundreds of buses to arrive in Ames
Howard Mortman / The Politico:
Barack's Barry Bonds baseball bust
Aaron Mannes / Counterterrorism Blog:
Dawood Ibrahim in the Dock?
Discussion: The Belmont Club
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush Opposes Raising Gas Tax for Bridge Repairs
The Blotter:
Administration Fights Dem Plan to Boost School Aid for Vets