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4:35 PM 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.
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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 …
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 …
CNN:
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. "
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.
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
The Rove Legacy  —  Karl Rove leaves the White House in anything but victory.  His legendary reputation was seriously diminished by the Republican defeat in the 2006 midterm elections, and has been eroded almost every day since then, as President Bush has struggled through his second term.
Andrew Samwick / Vox Baby:
Rove and Mythology  —  From the WSJ editorial with Paul Gigot …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Rasmussen Reports:
Karl Rove: 29% Favorable
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Karl Rove to leave White House
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Sudden Timing Of Karl Rove's Departure Surprises And Intrigues Most
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.
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Islamists are coming  —  Glenn Reynolds today sends his readers to this absolutely exquisite essay from Roger Simon of Pajamas Media, who explains why his support for gay marriage and women's rights leads him to be such a committed warrior in the War against Islamofascism:
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Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
GAY MARRIAGE AND THE WAR ON TERROR
Discussion: Roger L. Simon
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weekly Standard
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.
 
 
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