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3:25 PM ET, August 11, 2007


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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Romney pigs out at Iowa State Fair  —  DES MOINES — Today we are at the Iowa State Fair, where politicians meet swine but are rarely mistaken for them.  —  Mitt Romney is at the Pork Tent being a "guest cook," which means he is flipping pork chops on a giant grill with about a dozen camera crews recording the moment for history.
Discussion: CNN and CNN Political Ticker
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Ron Paul's wife hospitalized in Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Rep. Ron Paul's wife was hospitalized Saturday morning, the Texas Republican's presidential campaign announced shortly before voting was to begin in the Ames GOP straw poll.  —  The campaign did not say why Carol Paul was taken to the hospital …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Iowa Voice
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Straw Poll Expectations Setting
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 …
Perry Chiaramonte / New York Post:
NYPD ON THE ALERT FOR QAEDA 'BOMB'  —  TEAMS HIT STREETS AFTER 'NET 'CHATTER'  —  In a show of force, the NYPD mobilized hundreds of anti-terrorism cops last night after an Internet report of a "dirty bomb" threat targeting the city surfaced, authorities said.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Gateway Pundit
WNBC:   Vehicle Checkpoints, Radiological Sensors Setup Throughout NYC
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE BUNKER....When Rudy Giuliani finally agreed to build an emergency-command center in New York City back in 1996, the city's emergency management director recommended a site in Brooklyn: it was a safe location, had a low profile, and could be built quickly.  Giuliani refused.
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Was 7 WTC Rudy's Love Shack?
Digby / Hullabaloo:
I Love New York(ers)
Washington Post:
How We Won the Mainstream  —  Three years ago things looked bleak for the Democratic Party.  George Bush had just won a second term while his party consolidated its grip on Congress.  House Majority Leader Tom DeLay crowed about a "permanent Republican majority," and Beltway Democrats acquiesced …
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 Newshoggers and At-Largely
Bill Roggio / The Fourth Rail:
Pakistan: Concern over nukes as al Qaeda camps empty  —  Red agencies/ districts controlled by the Taliban; purple is defacto control; yellow is under threat.  —  US intelligence investigates Pakistan's nuclear security and the military's loyalty to Musharraf as the Northwest Frontier Province spins further out of control
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
SHIP OF FOOLS  —  Yesterday "the editors" of the New Republic published another statement on Baghdad fabulist Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  "The editors" stand by Beauchamp's TNR articles as of this moment in the name of the editors' journalistic integrity.  They imply that Beauchamp is being held incommunicado by the Army.
Sign splits Lebanese, riles Jews  —  Members of the Jewish and Lebanese Christian communities in Windsor are outraged by the appearance of a billboard that appears to promote Hezbollah — an organization the Canadian government considers terrorist.  —  "That organization is banned in Canada …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush's Muse Stands Accused  —  He has been hailed as the best White House speechwriter since Kennedy's Theodore Sorensen, the muse behind President Bush's most famous phrases, the moral conscience of the West Wing.  But now Michael J. Gerson is accused by a former colleague of taking credit for words he did not write.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Althouse
New York Times:
Reported Drop in Surveillance Spurred a 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.
Angela K. Brown / Associated Press:
Church Cancels Memorial for Gay Navy Vet  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay.  —  Officials at the nondenominational High Point Church knew that Cecil Howard Sinclair was gay …
Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate:
When It Comes to Memory, Use It or Lose It  —  If I didn't rely on my trusty, dusty Rolodex, I would lose such a jumble of memories.  —  Just this week, I was looking for the home number of a friend when my hand paused over the yellowed card for my parents.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Rick Noriega (D-TX)  —  [Please be polite and respectful of our guest, and stay on topic in the comments — any off-topic discussions should go to the prior thread.  With that, please help me welcome Rick Noriega (second from left in the photograph) to FDL!  — CHS]
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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Nathaniel Fick / Washington Post:
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Al Gore: Leader of the Courage Wing of the Democratic Party
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Market Swings Are First Crisis for Fed Chairman
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
A Pastor Finds a Way to Serve Two Disparate Flocks
Justin D. Anderson / Charleston Daily Mail:
Man says hold the cheese, claims McDonald's didn't, sues for $10 million
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and QandO
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UN Climate Panel Accused of Possible Research Fraud
 Earlier Items: 
Cincinnati Post:
Cancer touches all of us
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Will / Attytood:
The lowdown  —  My bosses at the DN asked me to do a prototype …
Elizabeth Wilner / The Politico:
Clinton emulates Bush campaign tactics
Graham Stewart / Times of London:
A harsh fate awaits all collaborators
Media Matters for America:
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Farmers Call Crackdown on Illegal Workers Unfair
William Kristol / Time:
Inside Iraq  —  I spent a week in Iraq recently, and here's …