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2:30 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 …
Chase Martyn / Iowa Independent:
Romney Wins Straw Poll, Huckabee Takes Second
Discussion: Marc Cooper
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  —  (Video) Tapes of Friday gunfire in Old City clearly show Arab-Israeli man grabbing guard's gun and firing it repeatedly, disproving claims that he had been innocent and was 'murdered for nothing'  —  VIDEO - Surveillance videos clearly show Ahmad Mahmoud Khatib …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Solomonia
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.
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 …
Countdown begins, AK Party denies rift over Gül
Discussion: Turkish Digest
Pete Abel / Central Sanity:   Rhyme or Reason or Close Enough
Washington Post:
Romney Wins Iowa's GOP Poll  —  Victory Highlights Strategy Difference With Giuliani  —  With a convincing victory in the Republican straw poll here Saturday, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney vaulted himself into the next phase of a presidential nomination battle pitting …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Romney wins big, Huckabee second
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.
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.
Robert J. Samuelson / Newsweek:
Greenhouse Simplicities  —  We in the news business often enlist in moral crusades.  Global warming is among the latest.  Unfortunately, self-righteous indignation can undermine good journalism.  Last week's NEWSWEEK cover story on global warming is a sobering reminder.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The army is refusing to order him to speak to us  —  If this is true, Private Beauchamp has now reached the final phase of the Stephen Glass story - the stage where he's avoiding taking the editor's calls.Colonel Steve Boylan tells The Weekly Standard:
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
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.
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
5 U.S. soldiers killed south of Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD - A sniper shot and killed a U.S. soldier, then lured his comrades to a booby-trapped house where four more troops were killed in a complex attack believed to have been the work of al-Qaida in Iraq, a U.S. general said Sunday.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Greatscat!
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" …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama Judges a Judge  —  Sen. Barack Obama recently told some Iowa farmers that prices of their crops are not high enough, considering what grocers are charging for other stuff: "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?"  Living near the University of Chicago …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won  —  For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down.  "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken …
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Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem insiders say national polls putting Hillary ahead meaningless
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Enacting a High-Tech Plan to Track People
Discussion: Boing Boing
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Back Home, More Frustration  —  BRUNSWICK, Maine The woman …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Los Angeles Times:
Double whammy for Republicans
Bob Thomas / Associated Press:
Merv Griffin Dies at Age 82
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
A Series of Fortunate Events
Atrios / Eschaton:
"The Good War"  —  Yglesias: … That's true in the specific …
Tory plan for red tape 'tax cut'
Discussion: Biased BBC and
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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: normblog
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Warm-mongers and cheeseburger imperialists
Local Minister, Helper Charged With Assault
Ahmed Rashid / Washington Post:
Musharraf's State of Emergency
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Threats force Egyptian convert to hide
Joshua Zumbrun / Washington Post:
The Sacrifices of Albania's 'Sworn Virgins'