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5:30 PM ET, August 10, 2007

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Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Giuliani Says He is Equal to 9/11 Recovery Workers  —  ABC News' Jan Simmonds Reports: In Ohio on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani R-NY handed his critics new ammunition regarding his role surrounding 9/11.  —  Speaking to reporters in Cincinnati, Giuliani said …
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
9/11 workers outraged by new Rudy claim  —  Rudy Giuliani drew outrage and indignation from Sept. 11 first-responders yesterday by saying he spent as much time - or more - exposed to the site's dangers as workers who dug through the debris for the missing and the dead.
CNN:
Poll: Giuliani leads for GOP nomination
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   RUDY: I WAS A 9/11 RECOVERY WORKER TOO
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Baghdad Fabulist  —  For weeks, the veracity of the New Republic's Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the Army private who has been sending dispatches from the front in Iraq, has been in dispute.  His latest "Baghdad Diarist" (July 13) recounted three incidents of American soldiers engaged in acts of unusual callousness.
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The New Republic:
A Scott Beauchamp Update  —  For several weeks now, questions have been raised about Scott Beauchamp's Baghdad Diarist "Shock Troops."  While many of these questions have been formulated by people with ideological agendas, we recognize that there are legitimate concerns about journalistic accuracy.
Gal Beckerman / CJR:
The Greenhouse Effect (Updated)  —  Hurricane Linda blows C-SPAN cameras away  —  For Supreme Court buffs who watch C-SPAN, yesterday morning was one of disappointment.  A promising panel discussion, "Covering the Court(s): Reporters on the Supreme Court Beat," that included a bevy …
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David Lat / Abovethelaw.com:
Linda Greenhouse Strikes Back (Capri Pants Sold Separately)
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Ye Xie / Bloomberg:
Fed Adds $19 Billion in Funds by Buying Mortgage Debt  —  Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve added $19 billion in temporary funds to the banking system through the purchase of mortgage-backed securities to help meet demand for cash amid a rout in bonds backed by home loans to riskier borrowers.
Discussion: Eschaton and The Next Hurrah
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
A New Kind of Bank Run Tests Old Safeguards
Discussion: Economist's View
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
NYC ARABIC SCHOOL IS SHORT ON, UM, ARABIC  —  ONLY 6 STUDENTS SIGNED UP TO ATTEND  —  The controversial Khalil Gibran International Academy scheduled to open next month has attracted only a handful of Arabic-speaking students, The Post has learned.  —  Just six Arabic speakers …
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
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Sudhin Thanawala / Associated Press:
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan announces candidacy  —  Citing her son as inspiration, a tearful Cindy Sheehan announced her candidacy Thursday for the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  The anti-war activist is running as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has represented San Francisco in Congress since 1987.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Thanks, Cindy  —  Nancy Pelosi has a challenger for her seat in Congress.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
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Bill / INDCJournal:
Back to Fallujah  —  I'm headed back to Iraq for two weeks on August 30th, to report on the situation in Fallujah prior to Gen. Petraeus's September report.  I'm accredited with Bill Roggio's Public Multimedia, Inc., and would sincerely appreciate any (tax deductible) donations that cover expenses …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Cheney urging military strikes on Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush charged Thursday that Iran continues to arm and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and he threatened action if that continues.  —  At a news conference Thursday, Bush said Iran had been warned …
Guardian:
Keep these quislings out  —  Calls from pro-war bloggers for Britain to grant asylum to Iraqi interpreters are truly nauseating.  —  I love the Yiddish word chutzpah.  I first came across it while working at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Budapest in the mid-1990s.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Why the Democrats Caved  —  Shortly before noon last Saturday, about 20 House Democrats huddled in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to decide what to do about a surveillance bill that had been dumped on them by the Senate before it left town.  —  Many of the Democrats were furious.
Ellen Goodman / Boston Globe:
E-male  —  IT'S WORTH remembering that the blogosphere is still so new it baffles spell check.  For that matter, if I type "blogger" on my screen, my retro software offers alternatives like "loggers," "floggers," and "boggler."  —  It "boggles" my mind to realize how quickly a piece of Internet terrain has gained power in politics.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
WILLIAM KATZ REMEMBERS: STOP THE PRESSES!  JUST KIDDING  —  William Katz has had a long and varied career, as an assistant to a U.S. senator; an officer in the CIA; an assistant to Herman Kahn, the nuclear war theorist; an editor at The New York Times Magazine; and a talent coordinator at The Tonight Show.
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
U.S. Backs Free Elections, Only to See Allies Lose  —  Lebanon's political spin masters have been trying in recent days to explain the results of last Sunday's pivotal by-election, which saw a relatively unknown candidate from the opposition narrowly beat a former president, Amin Gemayel.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Peking Duck
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats quizzed at LA gay-rights forum  —  Six candidates, including the front-runners, come to Hollywood to voice support for an influential voting bloc in cable event.  —  Underscoring the importance of gays and lesbians in Democratic politics, most of the party's presidential hopefuls gathered …
 
 
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Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report:
Sabotage Suspected in Foot and Mouth Outbreak
Discussion: Telegraph
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air Audio: Rep. Murtha's office hangs up when asked about the Haditha Marines
Faiz / Think Progress:
Gitmo Lawyers File Court Challenge Of FISA Bill, Seek Declaration …
New York Times:
Man Charged in Newark Deaths Pleads Not Guilty
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Democratic Dustup  —  The far left isn't the path to a governing majority.
David Sirota / Open Left:
How to End the War? Make GOPers Decide Between Bush and Their Base
Discussion: TalkLeft and Multi Medium
Leigh Holmwood / Guardian:
Reuters admits using Titanic photos in North Pole story
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
RNC Voter "Audit" Letter Raises Questions
 Earlier Items: 
ABCNEWS:
A Case of She Said vs. She Said  —  Did Clinton Contradict ... Clinton?
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Associated Press:
Exiled Bangladeshi writer attacked
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
'In the Land of the Blood Feuds'
Discussion: The Heretik
William Kristol / Time:
Inside Iraq  —  I spent a week in Iraq recently, and here's …
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Federal Effort on Web Obscenity Shows Few Results
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary & the Right [Bruce]
Discussion: QandO and Outside The Beltway
Washington Post:
Romney's Cash Beckons Iowans To Straw Poll