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8:50 PM ET, August 13, 2007


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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 …
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.
New York Times:
Karl Rove, Top Strategist, Is Leaving the White House  —  Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush's two winning presidential campaigns and secured his own place in history as a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the White House …
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
My Guesses on Why Rove Resigned
Andrew Samwick / Vox Baby:
Rove and Mythology  —  From the WSJ editorial with Paul Gigot …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Karl Rove's Iraq war role
Discussion: Pottersville
Rasmussen Reports:
Karl Rove: 29% Favorable
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
The Raw Story:   Karl Rove will resign from his position in the Bush Administration …
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Skip Iowa Next Time  —  To revise the old Woody Allen line: Eighty percent of success is not showing up.  While Mitt Romney may have nominally "won" the Iowa Straw Poll over the weekend, the real victors were the ones who stayed away from Ames: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson …
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Clinton: Strong, yes; likeable, maybe
Discussion: MyDD
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
For the Candidates, Not Just Any Brand Of Soapbox Will Do
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
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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Gateway Pundit
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Shocking Article On The State Of Islamic Science At Salon  —  I won't turn this into another long rant where I bore you all.  I'll just invite you to read it in full.  The subject of the interview obviously knows what he's talking about, and his opinions are important.
Steve Paulson / Salon:
The religious state of Islamic science  —  In October, Malaysia's first astronaut will join a Russian crew and blast off into space.  The news of a Muslim astronaut was cause for celebration in the Islamic world, but then certain questions started popping up.
Discussion: Daily Kos
USA Today:
Major attacks decline in Iraq  —  The number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50% since the United States started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq.
Confederate Yankee:
More Easily Debunked Beauchamp Fiction: It Never Ends (Update: Joke?)  —  Had it not been hidden behind the subscriber firewall, I would have found this example of The New Republic's unwillingness to fact check Scott Beauchamp long ago.  —  It is already widely know that in Beauchamp's second dispatch …
Robert Peach / Commentary:
Boot Interview  —  Last week we sat down for an interview with Max Boot, a regular contributor to this blog and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Boot talks about "How Not to Get Out of Iraq" (his article in the September issue of COMMENTARY), General Petraeus's September report, the war in Iraq, and more.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
ACLU Letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Requesting A Meeting on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act  —  Dear Mr. Attorney General:  —  Today, my staff was briefed by the Justice Department regarding guidelines to institute the new foreign to domestic wiretapping authority Congress granted …
Michael Yon:
Three Marks on the Horizon  —  Almost everyone (by now) must have heard about the "lazy" Iraqi parliament members who, like so many Neros fiddling while Rome burns around them, are taking a month off.  Yet comparatively few Americans will ever hear or read about IA Scorpion Company Commander Captain Baker …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Piggish Prerogatives  —  There is lots of interesting stuff …
The Atlantic Online:
How Did Huckabee Place Second?
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Dems Work to Foil White House Recess Ploys
Atrios / Eschaton:
Speaking of ... Well, Things I Didn't Actually Speak Of
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Discussion: TigerHawk
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Stay the Course in Iraq = the Draft
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Moira Whelan /
On Shadi, "them,"us," and the "Foreign Policy Community"
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary's First Ad
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Medved / USA Today:
Hollywood's terrorists: Mormon, not Muslim
Discussion: TigerHawk
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Electorate Shifts Towards Democrats
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Ney's Chief of Staff Wore Wire, Was Key To Boss's Conviction
Discussion: The Swamp
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
O'REILLY V. O'REILLY  —  In case you missed it, fibbing goof …
Paul J. Saunders / Washington Post:
Not the Way to Intervene  —  Ivo Daalder and Robert Kagan …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
America Loses Its Stature as Tallest Country
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Islamists are coming  —  Glenn Reynolds today sends …
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Giuliani continues his conservative shift