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8:15 AM ET, August 11, 2007

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Associated Press:
Iraq war czar: Consider a draft  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.  —  "I think it makes sense …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
'War Czar': Military draft is on the table.  —  In an interview with NPR, the White House's "war czar" Gen. Doug Lute said that "it makes sense to certainly consider" a military draft.  "I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table, but ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting …
NPR:
'War Czar' Concerned over Stress of War on Troops
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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Reuters:
NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police stepped up security throughout Manhattan and at bridges and tunnels on Friday in response to an Internet report — which authorities said they could not verify — that al Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dirty Bomb Threat In New York
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.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Republicans 'caught in a bind' over Bush  —  The small crowd of mostly elderly, white Republicans applauds and laughs at Mitt Romney's talk.  Whether he is condemning birth out of wedlock, illegal immigration or the "bickering, partisan ways of Washington", the former governor of Massachusetts has struck a chord.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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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 …
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:   'Get It Done'  —  Gen. Petraeus is a man of "straightforward …
New York Times:
Reported Decline in Surveillance Spurred Quick Law  —  At a closed-door briefing in mid-July, senior intelligence officials startled lawmakers with some troubling news.  American eavesdroppers were collecting just 25 percent of the foreign-based communications they had been receiving a few months earlier.
Graham Stewart / Times of London:
A harsh fate awaits all collaborators  —  Will the British Army's Iraqi interpreters be left to swing when we withdraw from Basra?  —  Those deemed to have collaborated with an occupying power are invariably at the mercy of summary justice when the occupiers leave.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
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Salon:
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
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  You write the words and make believe there is truth in the space between  —  In a Swampland blog post titled "Anecdotal hit job," Time Washington bureau chief Jay Carney criticized a column in which Brad Warthen, the editorial page editor …
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
"I've mostly stopped reading Ann Althouse, really."  —  TRex cannot stay out of the vortex... especially when it's baited with food.  —  And apparently, I give him "all-over creepy shivers, like someone just dumped a bag of live spiders over my naked thighs."  I'm picturing chubby, pasty white thighs.
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TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Late Nite FDL: Let's Have Another Look at That Sandwich
Discussion: Althouse
Ace / minx.cc:
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 …
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.
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Sources: U.S. assessing Pakistan nukes if Musharraf falls  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. military intelligence officials are urgently assessing how secure Pakistan's nuclear weapons would be in the event President Gen. Pervez Musharraf were replaced as the nation's leader, CNN has learned.
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
Wall Street Journal:
Central Banks Again Intervene  —  Europe, Japan Join U.S.  —  To Provide Liquidity;  —  Betting on a Fed Cut  —  Central banks pumped money into distressed markets for the second day to relieve strains in money markets, while investors concluded the Federal Reserve is increasingly likely …
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Washington Post:
U.S. Seeks U.N. Help With Talks On Iraq
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Biden Rules Out Secretary of State Post
Discussion: WorkingForChange
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
A Few Teensy Mistakes ...
CNN Political Ticker:
Obama: Enough with the 'black enough' talk
Discussion: The Politico
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
Web Whiz Ron Paul Faces Test of Offline Presidential Appeal
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
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Opinion Journal:
The Kids Are All Right  —  Economic literacy test: High school seniors beat Congress.
Economist:
Under the weather  —  The conservative movement that for a generation …
Abu Aardvark:
Crocker vs Petraeus
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