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12:40 AM ET, August 15, 2007


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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 …
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.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:   "AP joins Obama in slander of US troops"
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  —  After less than a year as a rank-and-file House member, former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is expected to call an end to a political career that made him the longest serving Republican Speaker in the history of the House of Representatives.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Beyond Rove  —  He offered the president advice, not magic.  —  KARL ROVE IS the first to admit it: he's become a myth, a man from whom political magic is expected.  Last fall, for instance, Republicans around the country and even in the White House waited for Rove to devise a campaign strategy …
David Frum / New York Times:
Building a Coalition, Forgetting to Rule
Extreme Mortman:   What Karl Rove Understood About International Broadcasting
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Karl Rove: Bush's Napoleon
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 …
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rudy can do nuance  —  Rudy Giuliani has a long piece …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Money for Traffic Is Short of Bloomberg's Plan
Discussion: A Blog For All
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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gonzales to Get Power In Death Penalty Cases  —  Rules Would Expand Fast-Track Authority  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, under political siege for his handling of the U.S. attorney firings and other issues, is to get expanded powers to hasten death penalty cases under regulations being developed by the Justice Department.
Discussion: and the talking dog
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Debate on drinking age brews  —  As it happens, there is no such thing as a "federal legal drinking age."  Many states allow minors to drink alcohol — some of them without restriction, others under certain circumstances, such as the presence of a parent or other guardian.
Discussion: Swords Crossed
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