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12:20 AM ET, August 11, 2007


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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.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
9/11 workers outraged by new Rudy claim  —  Rudy Giuliani drew outrage and indignation from Sept. 11 first-responders yesterday by saying he spent as much time - or more - exposed to the site's dangers as workers who dug through the debris for the missing and the dead.
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."
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
NYC ARABIC SCHOOL IS SHORT ON, UM, ARABIC  —  ONLY 6 STUDENTS SIGNED UP TO ATTEND  —  The controversial Khalil Gibran International Academy scheduled to open next month has attracted only a handful of Arabic-speaking students, The Post has learned.  —  Just six Arabic speakers …
Gal Beckerman / CJR:
The Greenhouse Effect (Updated)  —  Hurricane Linda blows C-SPAN cameras away  —  For Supreme Court buffs who watch C-SPAN, yesterday morning was one of disappointment.  A promising panel discussion, "Covering the Court(s): Reporters on the Supreme Court Beat," that included a bevy …
David Lat /
Linda Greenhouse Strikes Back (Capri Pants Sold Separately)
Discussion: Open Left and
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
A New Kind of Bank Run Tests Old Safeguards  —  A few generations ago, savers responded to financial panics with runs on banks, and even healthy institutions could fail if they could not raise enough cash quickly enough.  —  For a long time, that all seemed to be safely relegated to the past.
Discussion: Economist's View
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
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.
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats quizzed at LA gay-rights forum  —  Six candidates, including the front-runners, come to Hollywood to voice support for an influential voting bloc in cable event.  —  Underscoring the importance of gays and lesbians in Democratic politics, most of the party's presidential hopefuls gathered …
Bill / INDCJournal:
Back to Fallujah  —  I'm headed back to Iraq for two weeks on August 30th, to report on the situation in Fallujah prior to Gen. Petraeus's September report.  I'm accredited with Bill Roggio's Public Multimedia, Inc., and would sincerely appreciate any (tax deductible) donations that cover expenses …
Leigh Holmwood / Guardian:
Reuters admits using Titanic photos in North Pole story  —  —  News agency Reuters has been forced to admit that footage it released last week purportedly showing Russian submersibles on the seabed of the North Pole actually came from the movie Titanic.
Fox News:
Couple Dead in Murder-Suicide After They Were Featured on The O'Reilly Factor  —  A couple featured as wanted child predators on The O'Reilly Factor Wednesday were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide shortly after the segment aired, sources tell FOXNews.
Discussion: Riehl World View and News Hounds
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
RNC Voter "Audit" Letter Raises Questions  —  What 83 year-old William Sidwell of Queen City, Missouri found in his mailbox last week scared him.  It was a letter from the Republican National Committee, but it seemed to bear grave news: "Our records show that you registered as a member …
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Are GOP Leaders Leaking State Secrets?  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  For the second time in as many weeks, a senior House Republican may have divulged classified information in the media.  —  In an opinion article published in the New York Post Thursday, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich. …
Keep these quislings out  —  Calls from pro-war bloggers for Britain to grant asylum to Iraqi interpreters are truly nauseating.  —  I love the Yiddish word chutzpah.  I first came across it while working at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Budapest in the mid-1990s.
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.
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Department of Homeland Security:
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Roger Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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Opinion Journal:
The Kids Are All Right  —  Economic literacy test: High school seniors beat Congress.
Under the weather  —  The conservative movement that for a generation …
Abu Aardvark:
Crocker vs Petraeus
Joseph Carroll / Gallup Poll:
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Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report:
Sabotage Suspected in Foot and Mouth Outbreak
Discussion: Telegraph
CNN Political Ticker:
Can Obama sing?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — After the flak …
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air Audio: Rep. Murtha's office hangs up when asked about the Haditha Marines
Faiz / Think Progress:
Gitmo Lawyers File Court Challenge Of FISA Bill, Seek Declaration …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Opinion Journal:
Democratic Dustup  —  The far left isn't the path to a governing majority.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Date Certain on Darfur
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
USA Today:
Smoking declines as taxes increase
The Big Trunk / Power Line: