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9:00 PM ET, August 12, 2007


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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 …
Discussion: The Debate Link
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 …
USA Today:
Straw poll: Huckabee spent just $58 per vote for 2nd place and revived prospects  —  The top three finishers in the Iowa Republican Party straw poll are on talk shows today.  We'll be back later with a report on what they said.  Meanwhile, here's our own cost-benefit analysis of how they did yesterday at the Ames event:
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
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Memo shows mine already had roof problems in March  —  Operators at the Crandall Canyon mine experienced serious structural problems in the mine in March and entirely abandoned work in an area about 900 feet from where six miners remained trapped Saturday.  —  A memo obtained …
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" …
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.
Richard Engel / Los Angeles Times:
Wars within wars in Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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.
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
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" …
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.
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: Daily Kos and TalkLeft
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Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
Democratic Candidates on the Price of Gas: I'm Not Making This Up!
Steve Bainbridge / The Atlantic Online:
Annoyed by Ames ... and a Lot of Other Stuff [Stephen]
Discussion: Ed
Gateway Pundit:
Massive Hizb ut-Tahrir Caliphate Conference Opens in Jakarta- 100,000 Expected
Rebecca Boyle / Greeley Tribune:
The tax man is coming, and Weld County may be reaping the rewards
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
P.J. Gladnick /
Leering Chris Matthews Asks Female CNBC Anchor to Move in Closer to Camera
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Post:
Back Home, More Frustration  —  BRUNSWICK, Maine The woman …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Rift in AK Parti over Gül?
Discussion: TODAY'S ZAMAN
Los Angeles Times:
Double whammy for Republicans
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Obama Judges a Judge
Bill O'Reilly / Boston Herald:
'Bourne' flick is ultimately un-American
Dore Gold / Opinion Journal:
The Dangers of 'Peace' Making