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9:30 PM ET, August 11, 2007


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Straw Poll Expectations Setting  —  AMES, Iowa — It's finally here.  —  The Fix drove 45 minutes north from Des Moines this morning through land dominated by corn fields to arrive in this college town that, for today at least, is at the center of the political universe.  —  The atmosphere is like a carnival.
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.  —  "Carol experienced an irregular heartbeat early this morning …
New York Times:
The Iowa Straw Poll, Mostly Barbecue and Carnival  —  In pickup trucks, cars and caravans of buses, thousands of Iowa Republicans — and some not from Iowa — converged on the Iowa State University campus here Saturday for the Iowa Straw Poll, a part-carnival, part-political event …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Iowa teens churn out activism in Ames
Discussion: The Politico
Bill Roggio / Weekly Standard:
The Army Responds  —  I recently emailed Col. Steve Boylan asking for whatever information he could provide regarding the status of the investigation of Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  Here is his response:
New York Times:
How a 'Good War' in Afghanistan Went Bad  —  Two years after the Taliban fell to an American-led coalition, a group of NATO ambassadors landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, to survey what appeared to be a triumph — a fresh start for a country ripped apart by years of war with the Soviets and brutal repression by religious extremists.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Say Leaving Iraq May Take Years  —  Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years.  —  John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator …
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Johnson & Johnson Jump The Shark  —  Via Raw Story, a tale of such mind-bogglingly venal corporate greed and stupidity as to make your jaw go thunk.  Johnson & Johnson has sued the American Red Cross for using its trademark redcross on a white background emblem "for other than non-profit purposes".
Agence France Presse:   Pharmaceutical giant sues Red Cross over its emblem
Associated Press:
Embattled AG Gonzales visits Baghdad  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under fire at home with calls for his resignation, is spending some time in Iraq.  —  The Justice Department said that Gonzales arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for his third trip to Iraq to meet …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul V. Dutton / Boston Globe:
France's model healthcare system  —  MANY advocates of a universal healthcare system in the United States look to Canada for their model.  While the Canadian healthcare system has much to recommend it, there's another model that has been too long neglected.  That is the healthcare system in France.
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 …
Matt / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Media Give Favorable Platform To 'Another 9/11′ Columnist  —  In his Thursday column, Philadelphia Daily News scribe Stu Bykofsky seemingly wished for the tragic death of 3000+ Americans when he wrote that "another 9/11 would help America."  —  A host of right-wing media …
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 …
Associated Press:
Church cancels gay vet's memorial  —  Texas congregation acted out of principle, not malice, pastor says  —  ARLINGTON, Texas - 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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Everyone Must Agree  —  The conservative cult's mass death wish is obviously based on a faulty premise, that if there's a terrorist attack they and Dear Leader will somehow be vindicated.  Of course the reverse is true.  When it comes to "the war on terra," George Bush and the conservative movement …
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Tim Dickinsonposted / Rolling Stone:
The Real Liberal: John Edwards is Third in the Polls, But Don't Count Him Out
Discussion: The Agonist
Police to use terror laws on Heathrow protesters
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Zimbabwe passes warrantless eavesdropping law, cites U.S.
Charles Levinson / Conflict Blotter:
Tracking Hezbollah north of the Litani
Discussion: Solomonia
Winslow T. Wheeler / The Politico:
Congress' busted September
Laura Ingraham / The Corner:
Who Said a "Tommy" Can't Be Prez??
Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:
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Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate:
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Blue America Welcomes Rick Noriega (D-TX)
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Market Swings Are First Crisis for Fed Chairman
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Bush's Muse Stands Accused
Samuel G. Freedman / New York Times:
A Pastor Finds a Way to Serve Two Disparate Flocks
Justin D. Anderson / Charleston Daily Mail:
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UN Climate Panel Accused of Possible Research Fraud
Perry Chiaramonte / New York Post: