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8:00 AM ET, August 13, 2007


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Wall Street Journal:
Karl Rove to Resign At the End of August  —  Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.
Paul A. Gigot / Wall Street Journal:
'The Mark of Rove'  —  These are the days of Republican doubt, with President Bush fighting an unpopular war, Congress in opposition hands, and a 2008 presidential field trailing Democrats in nearly every poll.  But don't tell that to Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's political alter ego …
Karl Rove to leave White House  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, will voluntarily step down from his White House post at the end of the month, senior administration officials said Monday.  —  "Obviously it's a big loss to us, said deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino. "
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Karl Rove Says He Is Leaving the White House  —  Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush's two winning presidential campaigns, is resigning, the White House confirmed today.  —  In an interview published this morning in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove said …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Karl Rove Resigning: 'The Symbolic Quit' (for the family's sake)  —  When key people resign 'to spend more time with their families,' this has become code, a euphemism to say: there's trouble at Hamlet's castle Capital T. Trouble.  Something has gone very wrong.
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Tommy Thompson drops out of GOP race  —  Former Gov. Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, who said he would drop out of the Republican race for president if he didn't come in first or second in Saturday's Ames Straw Poll, finished sixth of 11 candidates.  And minutes ago he made it official.
Washington Post:
Iowans Feel Snubbed, but Will It Matter?
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Firedoglake
Mark Preston / CNN:
Tommy Thompson abandons presidential bid
Discussion: The Debate Link
Associated Press:
Tommy Thompson drops presidential bid
Discussion: BlueHerald
John Podhoretz / The Corner:
Truth-Telling: Anybody Who Says Ames Matters Is Smoking Something Illegal
Discussion: Right Wing News and Israel Matzav
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
The GOP YouTube Debate Is Back On  —  This just in: The Republican CNN/YouTube debate, in limbo for the past few weeks, is on again.  —  But Mitt Romney, who won Saturday's Iowa straw poll and has criticized the debate format, has yet to commit to the Nov. 28 event.
Discussion: Donklephant and Wizbang
New York Times:
Republicans' Debated YouTube Forum Is Back On
Discussion: Threat Level and TVNewser
'Meet the Press' transcript for Aug. 12, 2007  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: the future of the Democratic Party.  On a week when the Democratic presidential field courted key elements of the liberal base, there is an intensifying debate within the party about the strategy for success in '08.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Harold Ford vs. Kos — the PJM remix
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Yes, the Fund-Raising Records Fell, Just Not as Far  —  For Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, it was a monumental achievement: Her campaign announced in April that she had raised $26 million in the first quarter of the year, more than any other presidential candidate.
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Tough talk drives Clinton effort
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Firedoglake
Agence France Presse:
Hardline group rallies for world Islamic rule  —  More than 70,000 members of a hardline Muslim group held a rally in Indonesia that heard calls for a caliphate — or Islamic rule — to govern the world.  —  The supporters of the Hizbut Tahrir group filled up most of an 80,000-seat sports stadium …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SHARIA NOW!  —  Earlier today, 70,000 to 80,000 Indonesians rallied …
Discussion: Take Our Country Back
Gateway Pundit:
Massive Hizb ut-Tahrir Caliphate Conference Opens in Jakarta- 100,000 Expected
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
In Fundraising's Murky Corners  —  Candidates See Little of Millions Collected by Linda Chavez's Family  —  Linda Chavez rose to prominence in the 1980s as a tart-tongued Reagan administration official and candidate for the Senate, eventually becoming a well-known Latina voice on social issues …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
For a Joke-Telling Candidate, a Second-Place Finish  —  "I can't buy you — I don't have the money," Mike Huckabee, the Arkansas Republican seeking the presidency, told Republicans at the Iowa Straw Poll this weekend.  He offered a mock frown.  —  "I can't even rent you," he said.
Burke Hansen / The Register:
Deceased Malayan hit with $218 trillion mobile bill  —  Roaming in the valley of the shadow of death  —  What otherworldly ectoplasms lurk in the oblivion of such an unholy place as accounts receivable?  —  A Malaysian man who paid off a $23 wireless bill and disconnected his late father's cell phone …
Editor and Publisher:
Video Surfaces of Cheney, in 1994, Warning That An Invasion of Iraq Would Lead to 'Quagmire'  —  NEW YORK It's not the first time that citizen "investigative journalists" have uncovered some embarrassing, or telling, nugget from the past that apparently remained buried for years.
New York Times:
Wrong Way Out of Iraq  —  As Americans argue about how to bring the troops home from Iraq, British forces are already partway out the door.  Four years ago, there were some 30,000 British ground troops in southern Iraq.  By the end of this summer, there will be 5,000.  None will be based in urban areas.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Meredith May / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hungry for end to war, activists set up camp  —  Marghi Dutton is 90 and losing her eyesight, but nothing was going to stop her from trekking to midspan of the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday with the anti-war group Code Pink: Women for Peace.  —  She joined a crowd of about 100 demonstrators dressed …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
The LAT had an interesting item today, speculating about whether …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Associated Press:
Italy probe unearths huge Iraq arms deal