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2:20 PM 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.
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
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WNBC:   Vehicle Checkpoints, Radiological Sensors Setup Throughout NYC
Reuters:
NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter
Discussion: New York Times
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dirty Bomb Threat In New York
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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: Rising Hegemon and Jihad Watch
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 Political Ticker
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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
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.
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Was 7 WTC Rudy's Love Shack?  —  A correspondent whose mind is even filthier than mine points to a little-noted paragraph from Wayne Barrett's devastating takedown of Rudy Giuliani's 9/11 lies.  —  The context is Barrett's demolition of Giuliani's attempt to blame someone else for the deadly …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nathaniel Fick / Washington Post:
Fight Less, Win More  —  On a highway north of Kabul last month, an American soldier aimed a machine gun at my car from the turret of his armored Humvee.  In the split second for which our eyes locked, I had a revelation: To a man with a weapon, everything looks like a threat.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 
 
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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
Angela K. Brown / Associated Press:
Church Cancels Memorial for Gay Navy Vet
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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
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
UN Climate Panel Accused of Possible Research Fraud
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 …
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Los Angeles Times:
King-Harbor fails final check, will close soon
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Elizabeth Wilner / The Politico:
Clinton emulates Bush campaign tactics
Discussion: New York Times
Graham Stewart / Times of London:
A harsh fate awaits all collaborators
Media Matters for America:
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Patrick Fitzgerald / The Hill:
Rep. Schakowsky: Petraeus hints at decade-long Iraq presence
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Biden Rules Out Secretary of State Post
Discussion: Sirotablog
William Kristol / Time:
Inside Iraq  —  I spent a week in Iraq recently, and here's …
Ace / minx.cc:
Updated: That ND TV Station Reference Was Just To Say Anything's Blog