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11:15 PM ET, August 12, 2007


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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Tommy Thompson Is First Victim of Iowa Straw Poll  —  Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination tonight, a day after he finished a disappointing sixth in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.  —  "I have no regrets about running," Thompson said in a statement released by his campaign.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Tommy Thompson abandons presidential bid  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is abandoning his presidential bid, his campaign announced Sunday night.  —  Thompson, who also served in the Bush Cabinet, did not meet the expectations he set for himself in the Ames Republican straw poll held Saturday.
Steve Bainbridge / The Atlantic Online:
Annoyed by Ames ... and a Lot of Other Stuff [Stephen]  —  As I watch the coverage of the Iowa straw poll, I can't help once again feeling incredibly annoyed with the political process.  —  I live in California.  Our population is over 37 million, representing 12% of the total US population.
John Podhoretz / The Corner:
Truth-Telling: Anybody Who Says Ames Matters Is Smoking Something Illegal  —  I hate to be nasty, but anybody who takes the Ames Straw Poll results seriously is an idiot.  A bunch of people spent ludicrous amounts of money to bus-and-truck 14,000 people to a big picnic …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Some Democrats Fear Voter Hillary Clinton Backlash  —  The news stories, pundits and even some of her longtime political critics are noting the seemingly inexorable political advance of Senator Hillary Clinton towards the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination — but behind the scenes …
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Tough talk drives Clinton effort
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Dem insiders say national polls putting Hillary ahead meaningless
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SHARIA NOW!  —  Earlier today, 70,000 to 80,000 Indonesians rallied at a stadium in Jakarta in support of a new caliphate that would institute Sharia law world-wide: … The demonstration was peaceful.  This photo shows some of the participants:  —  To comment on this post, go here.
Agence France Presse:   Hardline group rallies for world Islamic rule
Gateway Pundit:
Massive Hizb ut-Tahrir Caliphate Conference Opens in Jakarta- 100,000 Expected
Associated Press:
Italy probe unearths huge Iraq arms deal  —  PERUGIA, Italy - In a hidden corner of Rome's busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a traveler's checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs.  What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBJECTIVITY....Mark Kleiman comments on the convention of objectivity in the reporting of straight news: … In theory, everyone agrees with this.  The problem is, I haven't yet come across a single person who's proposed a workable solution.  Who gets to decide whether an issue is still debatable?
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:   "Objectivity" in political reporting
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hidden Earmarks A Hallmark Of The 110th  —  When Democrats campaigned in the 2006 midterm elections, they promised to reform the pork-barrel practices of previous Congresses once they took control.  They have certainly changed the process, but not in the manner they promised.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Select Hospitals Reap a Windfall Under Child Bill
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
The LAT had an interesting item today, speculating about whether presidential candidate Fred Thompson will follow Senate candidate Thompson's style, and campaign in his favorite prop. … As the piece explained, Thompson hopped in an old red pickup and won voters over with his folksy charm, accentuated by the prop.
Discussion: Eschaton
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Thompson's red truck parked, for now
Bob Thomas / Associated Press:
Merv Griffin Dies at Age 82  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) - Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion- dollar empire, has died.  He was 82.  —  Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement …
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.
Glenn Greenwald / UT Documents:
Interview with Michael O'Hanlon
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Booman Tribune:
Noam Scheiber on Reporters and Huckabee  —  You may not have heard of Mike Huckabee, but he is running for president of the United States of America.  Huckabee served as the Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.  He's a social conservative that served as chairman of the National Governors' Association …
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" …
Richard Engel / Los Angeles Times:
Wars within wars in Iraq  —  Forget Washington's simplistic view.  The conflict is really a mosaic of different groups fighting for a variety of goals.  —  Despite what you may have heard, there is no "war" in Iraq.  Rather, there are many wars raging through the Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni territories.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Paul Tait / Reuters:
INTERVIEW-Economic policy mistakes hurt Iraq-US official  —  Source: Reuters  —  Years of economic policy mistakes after the fall of Saddam Hussein left unemployed young Iraqis easy targets for recruitment by al Qaeda and other insurgents, a U.S. Defense Department official said on Sunday.
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
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 …
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.
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