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4:00 AM ET, August 14, 2007


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New York Times:
Mr. Rove Gets Out of Town  —  Karl Rove, the architect of so much that has gone so wrong with the Bush administration, announced yesterday that he is leaving the White House to spend more time with his family.  What he didn't say is that by getting out of town he is also hoping to avoid spending …
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Rove: Departure Unrelated to Investigations  —  Karl Rove is under no illusion that leaving the White House will end the congressional investigations into his activities.  "I'm Moby Dick," he said, "and they're after me."  —  In an interview after announcing his resignation today …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Top White House aide Rove resigns  —  Top White House aide Karl Rove, seen by many as the brains behind George W Bush's presidency, has said he will resign at the end of August.  —  "I just think it's time," Mr Rove said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, adding that he was quitting for the sake of his family.
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Karl Rove's Iraq war role  —  Karl Rove played a key role in the selling of the Iraq War, which may help explain why he's still bullish on the ultimate outcome, no matter how grim the news.  —  Bush and Rove announce the aide's resignation at the White House
Satyam / Think Progress:   Perino will miss Rove's 'Ice Cream Fridays.'
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Congress' Rove inquiries aren't over yet
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann Says Goodbye To Turd Blossom
Discussion: Dyre Portents and The Reaction
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Karl Rove's Legacy
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Guardian and Weekly Standard
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Marc Cooper
Washington Post:
'Architect' Envisioned GOP Supremacy
Sakher Abu El Oun / Agence France Presse:
Hamas fighters beat protesters after demo ban  —  GAZA CITY (AFP) - Baton-wielding Hamas fighters beat their political rivals in the Gaza Strip on Monday as they tried to prevent them from holding a protest after the Islamists banned unauthorised public gatherings.
The Corner:
Gaza Update  —  It was less than two months ago, after the violent takeover of Gaza, that Hamas spokesmen took to the op-ed pages of American newspapers to proclaim that despite all the suicide bombings and summary executions, Hamas intends to create a good-government, pragmatic Islamic state in Gaza.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Atrios / Eschaton:
Speaking of ... Well, Things I Didn't Actually Speak Of  —  But when someone writes: … You know that they can be ignored, if not laughed at and mocked, by all sentient beings until the end of time.  Marshall was one of the prime "Democratic" forces behind the invasion of Iraq …
Michael Cohen /
Getting Shadi's Back  —  This absurd post from Atrios attacking …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
FOOLISH MYTHS ABOUT AL-QAIDA IN MESOPOTAMIA.  —  Over the past few months, I have been debating Roman Catholics who differ from their Eastern Orthodox brethren on the nature of the Trinity, Protestants who are willing to quarrel bitterly with one another about election and predestination …
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
US Gov't broke Padilla through intense isolation, say experts  —  Despite warnings, officials used 43 months of severe isolation to force Jose Padilla to tell all he knew about Al Qaeda. … MIAMI - When suspected Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla was whisked from the criminal justice system …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:   Defense Says Case Against Padilla Is 'Politically Motivated'
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
5 Reporters Ordered to Testify About Government Sources  —  Five reporters must testify about their law enforcement sources in a former Army scientist's lawsuit against the Justice Department, a federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday.  —  The suit, filed by Steven J. Hatfill …
Discussion: Democracy Project
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Random Rummy August Sighting  —  Starting a war must really wear a guy down.  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was spotted today having lunch at Morton's on Connecticut Ave.  What was remarkable was not what he ordered, or with whom he dined, or how quintessentially condescending he may have been to the waiter.
White House:
Roundtable Discussion with Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President  —  Q Some people have said — some of the political analysts have already said that this spells the end of — marks the end of President Bush's political life.  What do you think?  —  MR. ROVE: Absolutely not.
Clinton: Strong, yes; likeable, maybe  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democrats consider New York Sen. Hillary Clinton the most electable candidate in the presidential field, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday afternoon.  —  Democratic voters polled in the new survey …
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Katrina aid goes toward luxury condos  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium.
Jeremy Grant / Financial Times:
Learn from the fall of Rome, US warned  —  The US government is on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country's top government inspector has warned.
Discussion: ParaPundit, Blogs of War and At-Largely
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Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama Gets Warning From Voter
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New Media Meets Campus Media
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Taboos  —  One of the basic tenets of the contemporary liberal faith …
Discussion: The Debate Link
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Will Hastert say farewell on Friday?
The Atlantic Online:
News; Florida GOPers Try To Preserve Delegate Strength
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Piggish Prerogatives  —  There is lots of interesting stuff …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary's First Ad
Discussion: Balloon Juice and OxBlog
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Michael Medved / USA Today:
Hollywood's terrorists: Mormon, not Muslim
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Skip Iowa Next Time
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Electorate Shifts Towards Democrats
Robert Peach / Commentary:
Boot Interview  —  Last week we sat down for an interview …
Michael Yon:
Three Marks on the Horizon