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12:10 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.
Jim Rutenberg / 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, is resigning, the White House confirmed today.  —  In an interview published this morning in The Wall Street Journal …
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. "
Washington Post:
Karl Rove, Adviser to President Bush, to Quit  —  Karl Rove, chief architect of the Bush presidency and the premier Republican strategist of the last decade, will step down as White House deputy chief of staff Aug. 31.  —  Rove revealed his plans to the Wall Street Journal …
Real Clear Politics:
On Karl Rove  —  Before taking my job as director of the Office of the Office of Strategic Initiatives - I had until then been deputy director for Presidential speechwriting — I asked others who knew Karl Rove about him; after all, I didn't know Karl all that well and I was about to work directly for him.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
My Guesses on Why Rove Resigned  —  By now you've heard the news: Rove is stepping down.  So here's my treatment of possible reasons why he's leaving, in reverse order of their likelihood:  —  Time with the Family  —  As he said to the WSJ, he wants to spend more time with this family.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Why Don't Journalists Just Tell Us What They Know?
The Politico:
Analysis: Rove bows out despised and deified
Erik Lundegaard / The Huffington Post:   Karl Rove in Retirement
Pajamas Media:
M.C. Rove Rappin' No More — Karl Rove To Quit, He Tells WSJ:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:   Karl Rove Resigning: 'The Symbolic Quit' (for the family's sake)
Herschel Smith / The Captain's Journal:
The Rise of the JAM  —  Jaish al Mahdi (JAM) essentially …
Discussion: Power Line
CNN Political Ticker:
CNN's GOP debate set for Nov. 28  —  DES MOINES (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida, CNN and YouTube will announce Monday that the organizations' Republican presidential debate will be held on Nov. 28, two months before Sunshine State voters hold their gateway primary into "Super Tuesday."
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.
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.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
House of Corruption?  —  With the midnight hour approaching on Saturday, Aug. 4, near the end of a marathon session, Democratic and Republican leaders alike wanted to pass the defense appropriations bill quickly and start their summer recess.  But Republican Rep. Jeff Flake's stubborn adherence …
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
The Myth, the Math, the Sex  —  EVERYONE knows men are promiscuous by nature.  It's part of the genetic strategy that evolved to help men spread their genes far and wide.  The strategy is different for a woman, who has to go through so much just to have a baby and then nurture it.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Vox Popoli and Feministe
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 …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
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Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Giuliani continues his conservative shift
Turkishdailynews Headlines:
Gül's presidency will fade Turkey's apartheid, not secularity
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: It's All About Them
City Journal:
The Coming Urban Terror
Discussion: QandO
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards daughter received Murdoch money
Discussion: MSNBC and
'Meet the Press' transcript for Aug. 12, 2007
Burke Hansen / The Register:
Deceased Malayan hit with $218 trillion mobile bill
Ann Marlowe / Opinion Journal:
On the Road to Jalalabad
Discussion: EU Referendum
Editor and Publisher:
Video Surfaces of Cheney, in 1994, Warning That An Invasion of Iraq …