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3:50 AM ET, August 10, 2007


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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 …
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
A New Leaderboard at the U.S. Open  —  There has been some turmoil yesterday on the leaderboard of the U.S. (Temperature) Open and there is a new leader.  —  A little unexpectedly, 1998 had a late bogey and 1934 had a late birdie.  (I thought that they were both in the clubhouse since the turmoil seemed to be in the 2000s.)
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Romney's Cash Beckons Iowans To Straw Poll  —  As thousands of Republican activists prepare to descend on Ames, Iowa, tomorrow for the straw poll meant to gauge support for the GOP's presidential contenders, the event has all the markings of a historic mismatch.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
New York Times:
Romney Pushed on Conservative Credentials  —  Mitt Romney is undergoing the stiffest test yet of his effort to win over conservatives wary of his ideological credentials.  —  In the days leading up to the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames on Saturday, Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Hundreds of buses to arrive in Ames
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Earlier Terrorist Screening to Begin for Flights Into U.S.  —  By early next year, passengers on flights bound for the United States will have their names checked against terrorist watch lists before departure, instead of after takeoff, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced Thursday.
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Gov't to step up immigration enforcement
Discussion: On Deadline
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush to order new crackdown on U.S. border
Discussion: New York Times
Kevin / Pundit Review:
Charges finally dropped against Haditha Marine Justin Sharratt  —  Congratulations to the entire Sharratt family.  —  We have had the pleasure of speaking with Justin's father Darryl on Pundit Review Radio twice in recent weeks.  In the first interview, we provided a detailed overview …
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
Pew Research Center:
Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations  —  Views of Press Values and Performance: 1985-2007  —  Summary of Findings  —  The American public continues to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures, with solid majorities criticizing them for political bias …
Discussion: Hot Air and Brendan Nyhan
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
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
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.
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
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Philly Columnist Hopes for Death of 3000+ Americans
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
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RUDY AND THE TERRORISTS....Via Jon Chait, Wayne Barrett has a piece …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Howard Mortman / The Politico:
Barack's Barry Bonds baseball bust
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pearl Jam censored by AT&T, calls for a neutral 'Net
Matthew Scully / The Atlantic Online:
Present at the Creation
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Clinton Discussed Use of Nukes Last Year
The Blotter:
Administration Fights Dem Plan to Boost School Aid for Vets