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2:25 AM ET, August 15, 2007


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James Carville / Financial Times:
How Karl Rove lost a generation of Republicans  —  There is an old joke that campaign veterans toss around war rooms, bars and BS sessions.  We say there are people who have worked in campaigns who say that they have lost some - and we call those folks operatives, managers, strategists …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and ZenPundit
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
BARNES STORMING:  —  I don't know how I let myself get almost through the day without reading Fred Barnes' encomium to Karl Rove.  (Make that, his latest encomium to Karl Rove.)  The basic theme is that Rove is responsible for every good thing that has happened to the GOP since 2000, but responsible for none of the bad things.
Lou Dubose / Salon:
The collapse of Karl Rove  —  The Pygmalion strategist from Texas built up the Republican Party by exploiting the religious right — and now his handiwork is crumbling.  —  Karl Rove prepares to speak during the Republican National Committee 2006 annual winter meeting in Washington on Jan. 20, 2006.
White House:
Press Gaggle by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: Good morning, everybody, from Crawford junior high [sic].  Today the President had his normal briefings this morning.  He also had three foreign leader calls, which I will read out for you.  The President spoke this morning separately to President Karzai and to President Musharraf.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and MSNBC
Extreme Mortman:   What Karl Rove Understood About International Broadcasting
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fact Check: Obama on Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama said it, the Republican Party pointed out in a screaming headline Tuesday that highlighted the presidential candidate's comments on Afghanistan and the killing of civilians.  —  Behind the scenes, Obama's rival campaigns buzzed …
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.
Frank Franklin II / ABCNEWS:
Giuliani Vows to End Illegal Immigration  —  Mayor's Campaign Hits Romney Back on Issue, Defends Record  —  A week after being assailed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for being soft on illegal immigration as mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani today unveiled the details of his plan …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy can do nuance  —  Rudy Giuliani has a long piece …
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Dozens killed in multiple suicide attacks in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Suicide bombings in a northern Iraqi town Tuesday targeted a religious minority and left at least 120 people dead and 150 wounded, according to police officials, who said there were three bombings in three locations.
Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 175 in Iraq
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
Four Suicide Bombings Kill 175 in Iraq
Discussion: Booman Tribune and A Blog For All
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'  —  U.S. Moving Against Revolutionary Guard  —  The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials …
Man to Be Executed, Although Prosecutors Say He Didn't Kill  —  As Kenneth Foster Waits for Death, He Hopes for Reprieve  —  Kenneth Foster Jr. is scheduled to be executed in Texas later this month for the murder of Michael LaHood, even though everybody — even the prosecutors — knows Foster did not kill the man.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Unjust Justice And A Texas Execution
Matt Stoller / Open Left:   Fox News Caught Editing Al Franken's Wikipedia Entry
Chris / TVNewser:
Half Hour News Hour Shelved  —  First on TVNewser: In a memo to senior producers this afternoon, FNC's SVP of programming, Bill Shine announced the network "will not continue the Half Hour News Hour beyond its current 15 episode run."  Shine did leave the door open, however …
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 …
Jonathan Allen /
Hastert Planning to Retire at End of 2008, GOP Sources Say
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Don Imus Sued by Rutgers Basketball Player  —  Star Center Kia Vaughn Names Imus, NBC, CBS in Civil Suit  —  Don Imus is facing his first lawsuit from a player on the Rutgers Women's Basketball team for derogatory comments that cost him his job as a radio host in April, ABC News has learned.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, Hot Air and Wizbang
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 …
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Reid: Senate Will Explore Long-Term Fixes To FISA In September
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Suicide truck bombers strike members of ancient religious sect …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Vick attorneys negotiating plea
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Says He Can Unite U.S. 'More Effectively' Than Clinton
Discussion: The RBC
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
A Campaign Undeclared, Not Invisible
New York Times:
U.S. Money for Traffic Is Short of Bloomberg's Plan
Discussion: A Blog For All
 Earlier Items: 
Lance / Maine blog:
Desperately Stalking Susan
Report Card on Iraq
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Debate on drinking age brews
Discussion: Swords Crossed
CBS News:
Poll: Americans More Optimistic On Surge
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Ala. city considers end to alcohol sales