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2:41 AM ET, August 11, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dirty Bomb Threat In New York
Reuters:   NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter
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.
Joseph Carroll / Gallup Poll:
Public Rates Giuliani Most Favorably of Eight Presidential Hopefuls  —  Net favorable ratings of McCain, Obama at new lows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans most positive in their assessment of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Republicans 'caught in a bind' over Bush
Discussion: Think Progress and The Next Hurrah
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Campaign Is a Family Project for the Romneys
Discussion: The Right's Field
William Kristol / Time:
Inside Iraq  —  I spent a week in Iraq recently, and here's what impressed me most: the Americans.  In particular, the quality and character of the American soldiers and Marines who are fighting there and trying to help rebuild the nation.  I don't mean to slight, in some ethnocentric way …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:   'Get It Done'  —  Gen. Petraeus is a man of "straightforward …
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 …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Farmers Call Crackdown on Illegal Workers Unfair  —  Facing the prospect of major layoffs of farmworkers during harvest season, growers and lawmakers from agricultural states spoke in dire terms yesterday about new measures by the Bush administration to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants.
Discussion: Lonewacko
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.
Opinion Journal:
The Kids Are All Right  —  Economic literacy test: High school seniors beat Congress.  —  Pop quiz.  Which has been most important in reducing poverty over time: a) taxes, b) economic growth, c) international trade, or d) government regulation?  —  We know what our readers would say.
Glenn Greenwald  —  Zimbabwe passes warrantless eavesdropping law, cites U.S.  —  Several weeks ago, I wrote about State Department reports condemning Russia for its lawless detentions, its use of "coerced interrogation techniques," and violations by Putin's government of Russia's eavesdropping laws.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Julie Mason / Houston Chronicle:
Bush on track to become the vacation president  —  President Bush tries to set an example for Americans whenever he can, in terms of physical fitness, faith, optimism and a certain overall moral rectitude.  He also sets an excellent example on taking vacation.
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Are GOP Leaders Leaking State Secrets?  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  For the second time in as many weeks, a senior House Republican may have divulged classified information in the media.  —  In an opinion article published in the New York Post Thursday, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich. …
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 …
Patrick Fitzgerald / The Hill:
Rep. Schakowsky: Petraeus hints at decade-long Iraq presence  —  Gen. David Petraeus told a congressional delegation visiting the Middle East that success in Iraq will require a U.S. military presence there for about a decade, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said Friday.
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
RNC Voter "Audit" Letter Raises Questions  —  What 83 year-old William Sidwell of Queen City, Missouri found in his mailbox last week scared him.  It was a letter from the Republican National Committee, but it seemed to bear grave news: "Our records show that you registered as a member …
Ace /
Updated: That ND TV Station Reference Was Just To Say Anything's Blog  —  Search for "NASA temperature" which should bring the story up.  —  Only two references: One to a ND TV station and one to FoxNews.  The FoxNews link has a link for 92 related articles, but every single one of the articles …
Heather Scroope / Fox News:
Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in New Jersey Students' Execution-Style Deaths  —  NEWARK, N.J. — A Peruvian national in the U.S. illegally and who was previously charged with raping a 5-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Friday in the execution-style slayings of three young college students, a day after he surrendered to the Newark mayor.
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 …
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
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CNN Political Ticker:
Obama: Enough with the 'black enough' talk
Discussion: The Politico
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"I've mostly stopped reading Ann Althouse, really."
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fox News:
Couple Dead in Murder-Suicide After They Were Featured on The O'Reilly Factor
Desmond Lachman / TCS Daily:
The US Housing Bust is a Big Deal
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Iowa Governor Saves Christmas
Discussion: MSNBC and Los Angeles Times
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Crocker vs Petraeus
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air Audio: Rep. Murtha's office hangs up when asked about the Haditha Marines
Faiz / Think Progress:
Gitmo Lawyers File Constitutional Challenge Of Recently-Passed FISA Bill
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Democratic Dustup  —  The far left isn't the path to a governing majority.
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
A New Kind of Bank Run Tests Old Safeguards
Leigh Holmwood / Guardian:
Reuters admits using Titanic photos in North Pole story
Keep these quislings out  —  Calls from pro-war bloggers …
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats quizzed at LA gay-rights forum