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11:10 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.
Faiz / Think Progress:   'War Czar': Military draft is on the table.
WNBC:   Vehicle Checkpoints, Radiological Sensors Setup Throughout NYC
NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter
Discussion: New York Times
Perry Chiaramonte / New York Post:   NYPD ON THE ALERT FOR QAEDA 'BOMB'
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dirty Bomb Threat In New York
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
The Philadelphia Daily News' Stu Bykofsky, one of the city's most widely-read columnists, caused a bit of a stir with his latest column, which posited a provocative idea: another 9/11-style attack to "help" America.  As Bykofsky sees it, "we have forgotten who the enemy is," …
Discussion: Left in the West
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.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Campaign Is a Family Project for the Romneys  —  They have driven here from California, Ohio, Canada and Texas; flown from Michigan, Utah and Florida.  There are aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  —  At last count, 96 members of the Romney clan …
Discussion: TIME and 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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Cincinnati Post:
Cancer touches all of us  —  Brenda, an aunt, is the latest to be diagnosed, and the news is not great.  A lumpectomy won't be sufficient.  A double mastectomy is recommended.  —  "We need to get that booger out," a nurse told her, speaking inelegant words elegantly and with calming comfort.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Elizabeth Wilner / The Politico:
Clinton emulates Bush campaign tactics  —  Barack Obama obviously meant it as an insult when he accused New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of sounding a lot like the president during their recent dust-up over foreign policy.  —  The clash with the Illinois senator did indeed reveal …
Discussion: New York Times
Will / Attytood:
The lowdown  —  My bosses at the DN asked me to do a prototype for a weekly rundown on the presidential candidates (and man, there are A LOT of them.)  Since I'm not sure this "prototype" will make the paper or not, I asked to post it on Attytood.  Sorry for the lack of'll have to trust me :-) :
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Carey Goldberg / Boston Globe:
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Los Angeles Times:
King-Harbor fails final check, will close soon
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Sources: U.S. assessing Pakistan nukes if Musharraf falls
Patrick Fitzgerald / The Hill:
Rep. Schakowsky: Petraeus hints at decade-long Iraq presence
Discussion: Think Progress and AMERICAblog
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Biden Rules Out Secretary of State Post
Discussion: WorkingForChange
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
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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
Glenn Greenwald  —  Zimbabwe passes warrantless eavesdropping law, cites U.S.
Desmond Lachman / TCS Daily:
The US Housing Bust is a Big Deal
Wall Street Journal:
Central Banks Again Intervene
Julie Mason / Houston Chronicle:
Bush on track to become the vacation president