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4:45 PM ET, August 12, 2007


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The New Republic:
VIVA HUCKABEE!:  —  Here's when I realized Mike Huckabee might be on the verge of something: Shortly after 1 o'clock, Laura Ingraham, our intrepid emcee, introduced each of the straw poll candidates.  Because Romney was speaking immediately after the introductions, and because he'd clearly bused …
The Fix:
Straw Poll Results: A Win For Romney
Discussion: Decision '08 and The Debate Link
Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
Video: Footage of terrorist killed in Old City released  —  A copy of CCTV footage from the scene of Friday's shooting in Jerusalem's Old City shows the Israeli Arab assailant snatching the pistol of an Israeli security guard and shooting him repeatedly at close range.  —  Double click below to watch video
Surveillance video of J'lem shooting
Discussion: Solomonia and Israel Matzav
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
US doles out millions for street cameras  —  Local efforts raise privacy alarms  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is funneling millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a "surveillance society" …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The truth behind the Pollack-O'Hanlon trip to Iraq  —  Last Wednesday, I interviewed Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution regarding the trip he recently took to Iraq and the highly publicized Op-Ed in the New York Times about his trip, co-written with his Brookings colleague, Ken Pollack.
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Iraqi Sunni claims 'genocide campaign'  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's most senior Sunni politician issued a desperate appeal Sunday for Arab nations to help stop what he called an "unprecedented genocide campaign" by Shiite militias armed, trained and controlled by Iran.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Greatscat!
Richard Engel / Los Angeles Times:
Wars within wars in Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Rift in AK Parti over Gül?  —  This year, elections were held early in Turkey because the AK Parti wanted to make Abdullah Gül president.  Certain secular parties, especially the CHP (founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk), opposed this idea very strongly - they do not want an Islamist …
Discussion: Central Sanity
Countdown begins, AK Party denies rift over Gül
Discussion: Turkish Digest
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Fred, Fred, Fred: Thompson's Challenge Has a Name  —  In the swampy soup of hopefuls for the 2008 presidential election, there is a man with a funny name.  (No, not that one.)  —  We're thinking of the one named Fred (Thompson).  —  Say it out loud.  Do it.  Fred.  Fred.  In the South, Fray-ud.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FISA CONFUSION REVISITED....A quick note to make clear what (I think) my main source of confusion about the new FISA law has been.  —  Originally, FISA allowed warrantless wiretapping of any communication between two foreigners.  It also allowed warrantless surveillance of "foreign powers" …
Deacon / Power Line:
PORK AND FAKE GEOGRAPHY, A DEMOCRAT MENU  —  Despite their promise to end the secrecy of earmarks and other pet projects, the House Demorats have quietly funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to specific hospitals and health care providers by pretending that these institutions are located in high cost areas.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Select Hospitals Reap a Windfall Under Child Bill
Dore Gold / Opinion Journal:
The Dangers of 'Peace' Making  —  America's latest efforts merely entrenched al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip.  —  The U.S. and other Western powers are pushing for a new Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough, to help contain Iran and undercut the appeal of al Qaeda and radical Islam.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
MTP: Markos Discusses the Emergence of the Netroots Movement  —  DailyKos Founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga explains to guest host David Gregory on Meet The Press why the netroots movement signals the end of "business as usual" politicking for the Democratic party.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Charles Levinson / Telegraph:
Hizbollah buys frontier land to attack Israel  —  Hizbollah is buying up large tracts of land owned by Christians and other non-Shias in southern Lebanon as the militant group rebuilds its defences in preparation for a new war with Israel, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.
Rebecca Boyle / Greeley Tribune:
The tax man is coming, and Weld County may be reaping the rewards  —  Rebecca Boyle, (Bio)  —  The tax man cometh.  And though it might be counter-intuitive, this may be good news for Weld County.  —  Legislative changes might be coming next session that could mean …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
P.J. Gladnick /
Leering Chris Matthews Asks Female CNBC Anchor to Move in Closer to Camera  —  Apparently Hardball host Chris Matthews has a bit of a problem keeping his lust in check on the air.  On Friday evening's Hardball, Matthews was interviewing CNBC's Street Signs anchor, Erin Burnett …
Los Angeles Times:
Double whammy for Republicans  —  The coming election could be dangerous for the GOP's moderates and mavericks.  —  Myrtle Beach, S.C.  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is an ardent, unwavering supporter of the Iraq war.  In the House of Representatives during the 1990s …
Discussion: Open Left and The Atlantic Online
Bill O'Reilly / Boston Herald:
'Bourne' flick is ultimately un-American  —  When "The Simpsons Movie" turns out to be more realistic than "The Bourne Ultimatum," you know something is up.  Nevertheless, the thriller is a big hit, proving once again that film audiences now want live-action cartoons rather than crisp …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Discussion: Sisyphus Shrugged
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
FRIDAY'S LIQUIDITY EVENT....On Friday, as part of an effort …
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
Gitmo: Should Doctors Force-Feed Prisoners?
Discussion: TalkLeft
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem insiders say national polls putting Hillary ahead meaningless
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Back Home, More Frustration  —  BRUNSWICK, Maine The woman …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Bob Thomas / Associated Press:
Merv Griffin Dies at Age 82
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama Judges a Judge
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The army is refusing to order him to speak to us
 Earlier Items: 
Atrios / Eschaton:
"The Good War"  —  Yglesias: … That's true in the specific …
Tory plan for red tape 'tax cut'
Discussion: Biased BBC and
Peter J. Boyer / New Yorker:
MAYBERRY MAN  —  Is what New York never liked about Rudy …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and TalkLeft
David Streitfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Foreclosures may spur price drops
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Andrew Anthony / Observer:
When did the police start collaring television?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and normblog
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Warm-mongers and cheeseburger imperialists
Local Minister, Helper Charged With Assault