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7:25 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 …
'War Czar' Concerned over Stress of War on Troops  —  · Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, says he is concerned about the toll the war in Iraq and extended deployments are taking on U.S. forces.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Faiz / Think Progress:   'War Czar': Military draft is on the table.
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.
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
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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dirty Bomb Threat In New York  —  New York City has deployed radiological detectors throughout the subway system and at bridges and tunnels tonight in response to a threatened terrorist attack.  The city has not raised its alert status yet, but the attack was specific for tonight (via One Jerusalem):
Reuters:   NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter
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
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 …
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.
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.
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Late Nite FDL: Let's Have Another Look at That Sandwich
Discussion: Althouse
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
VIDEO: Rudy On 9/11 Rescue Workers: "I'm One Of Them"  —  Okay, we've obtained some real live video of Rudy Giuliani's 9/11 gaffe, in which he said that he was "at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers," adding that he was "one of them."
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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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Abu Aardvark:
Crocker vs Petraeus
Faiz / Think Progress:
Gitmo Lawyers File Constitutional Challenge Of Recently-Passed FISA Bill
Chuck Bennett / New York Post: