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9:00 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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
'War Czar': Military draft is on the table.  —  In an interview with NPR, the White House's "war czar" Gen. Doug Lute said that "it makes sense to certainly consider" a military draft.  "I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table, but ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting …
'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
NY hikes security on dirty bomb Internet chatter  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police stepped up security throughout Manhattan and at bridges and tunnels on Friday in response to an Internet report — which authorities said they could not verify — that al Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Dirty Bomb Threat In New York
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 …
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.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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Washington Post:
U.S. Seeks U.N. Help With Talks On Iraq
Discussion: Associated Press
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Sources: U.S. assessing Pakistan nukes if Musharraf falls
Discussion: The Fourth Rail
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
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Central Banks Again Intervene
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Are GOP Leaders Leaking State Secrets?
Julie Mason / Houston Chronicle:
Bush on track to become the vacation president
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Iowa Governor Saves Christmas
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