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5:35 PM ET, August 14, 2007

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Mike Flannery / WBBM-TV:
CBS 2 Exclusive: Hastert Leaving Congress  —  News Conference Scheduled For Friday  —  (CBS) CHICAGO Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is in Asia, but he's scheduled a news conference in Kendall County for Friday.  —  CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports exclusively sources …
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Jonathan Allen / CQPolitics.com:
Hastert Planning to Retire at End of 2008, GOP Sources Say
Discussion: Yahoo! News and TPMmuckraker
David Frum / New York Times:
Building a Coalition, Forgetting to Rule  —  AS a political strategist, Karl Rove offered a brilliant answer to the wrong question.  —  The question he answered so successfully was a political one: How could Republicans win elections after Bill Clinton steered the Democrats to the center?
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Rove Legacy Laden With Protégés
Pat Milton / Associated Press:
Imus Settles With CBS, May Make Comeback  —  NEW YORK — Don Imus has reached a settlement with CBS over his multimillion-dollar contract and is negotiating to resume his broadcasting career.  —  Imus and CBS Radio "have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had against the other regarding …
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Associated Press:
Imus and CBS Reach Settlement of Threatened Suit
Discussion: Althouse and Abovethelaw.com
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Gonzales could get say in states' executions  —  Proposed rules would let the attorney general sign off on 'fast tracking' death penalty appeals.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is putting the final touches on regulations that could give Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales important …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Rule Change Shifts Death Penalty Responsibilities to Gonzales  —  Overwhelming evidence shows that Alberto Gonzales isn't fit to be attorney general.  But despite that, his office continues to accrue important powers.  Recently, the FISA bill took oversight powers from the Foreign Intelligence …
Discussion: ACSBlog and The American Street
John Borland / Wired News:
See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign  —  On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines.  While anonymous, such changes typically …
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Kevin Landrigan / Nashuatelegraph.com:
Obama leaves some wanting a little more  —  NASHUA - U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's surging presidential campaign is reaching a critical mass in that voters want to hear more.  —  As a self-described, "hope monger,'' the Illinois Democrat's optimistic call for systemic change on health care …
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's first-lady records locked up  —  Archivists say the documents at her husband's presidential library won't be released until after the '08 vote.  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cites her experience as a compelling reason voters should make her president …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch  —  Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else's hobby.  I hadn't imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version …
Dion Nissenbaum / Yahoo! News:
Hamas TV's child star says she's ready for martyrdom  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Saraa Barhoum picked at the buttons on her pink bellbottom jeans as she twisted on a chair inside the bustling new Hamas television headquarters.  The afternoon light bounced off the sparkly outlines of butterflies …
Rudolph Giuliani / Foreign Affairs:
Toward a Realistic Peace  —  Summary: The next U.S. president will face three key foreign policy challenges: setting a course for victory in the terrorists' war on global order, strengthening the international system the terrorists seek to destroy, and extending the system's benefits.
CBS News:
Poll: Americans More Optimistic On Surge  —  29% Now Believe Troop Surge Is Helping In Iraq, But Most Still Say War Going Badly  —  (CBS) According to a new CBS News poll, Americans have become somewhat more optimistic about the impact of the troop surge in Iraq.
John F. Burns / New York Times:
For Top General in Iraq, Role Is a Mixed Blessing  —  BAGHDAD — Gen. David H. Petraeus looked out from a Black Hawk helicopter at the vistas of Baghdad rushing by 150 feet below on a recent summer evening, pointing at bustling markets, amusement parks and soccer fields scattered through neighborhoods …
CNN Political Ticker:
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Gotham)  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's a veteran statesman and hard-hitting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  But Sen. Patrick Leahy is set to leave the marble halls of Washington for the bright lights of Hollywood — at least briefly.
Discussion: The Corner and Wonkette
Washington Times:
Border Patrol to build fencing  —  The U.S. Border Patrol is asking for volunteers among its agents to help build fences on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Bush is withdrawing half the National Guard troops he sent there last year to build fences.  —  A memo circulated last week …
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Ala. city considers end to alcohol sales  —  ATHENS, Ala. - Voters have a chance on Tuesday to return this northern Alabama city to the days of Prohibition.  —  A measure to end the sale of alcohol in Athens is up for a citywide vote, a rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales.
Armchair Generalist / American Footprints:
The Air Force "Thinks Creatively" About Counterinsurgency  —  In DefenseNews (subscription required), Maj Gen Charles Dunlap (AF Deputy Judge Advocate General) has this flash of inspiration on how the Air Force can contribute to the Global War on Terror using its overwhelming air power.
 
 
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