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8:35 AM ET, August 14, 2007


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New York Times:
Mr. Rove Gets Out of Town  —  Karl Rove, the architect of so much that has gone so wrong with the Bush administration, announced yesterday that he is leaving the White House to spend more time with his family.  What he didn't say is that by getting out of town he is also hoping to avoid spending …
Thom Patterson / CNN:
Author: Rove exit signals 'end of Bush presidency'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Karl Rove, perhaps the most powerful White House aide in recent history, called it quits Monday, provoking some to declare a symbolic end to the presidency of George W. Bush.  —  Known as "Bush's brain" by critics and …
Discussion: Rook's Rant
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Karl Rove's Legacy  —  The most useless speculation today in Washington is whom White House chief of staff Josh Bolten might choose to replace Karl Rove.  He is genuinely irreplaceable.  Nobody will attempt to combine the political and policy functions as Rove has done.
White House:
Roundtable Discussion with Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President  —  Q Some people have said — some of the political analysts have already said that this spells the end of — marks the end of President Bush's political life.  What do you think?  —  MR. ROVE: Absolutely not.
Top White House aide Rove resigns  —  Top White House aide Karl Rove, seen by many as the brains behind George W Bush's presidency, has said he will resign at the end of August.  —  "I just think it's time," Mr Rove said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, adding that he was quitting for the sake of his family.
Washington Post:
'Architect' Envisioned GOP Supremacy
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Rove: Departure Unrelated to Investigations
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Marc Cooper
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann Says Goodbye To Turd Blossom
Discussion: Dyre Portents and The Reaction
Satyam / Think Progress:
Perino will miss Rove's 'Ice Cream Fridays.'
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Congress' Rove inquiries aren't over yet
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Karl Rove's Iraq war role
Discussion: Pottersville
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
US Gov't broke Padilla through intense isolation, say experts  —  Despite warnings, officials used 43 months of severe isolation to force Jose Padilla to tell all he knew about Al Qaeda. … MIAMI - When suspected Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla was whisked from the criminal justice system …
Discussion: RADAMISTO, The Mahablog and TalkLeft
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:   Defense Says Case Against Padilla Is 'Politically Motivated'
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Random Rummy August Sighting  —  Starting a war must really wear a guy down.  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was spotted today having lunch at Morton's on Connecticut Ave.  What was remarkable was not what he ordered, or with whom he dined, or how quintessentially condescending he may have been to the waiter.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
FOOLISH MYTHS ABOUT AL-QAIDA IN MESOPOTAMIA.  —  Over the past few months, I have been debating Roman Catholics who differ from their Eastern Orthodox brethren on the nature of the Trinity, Protestants who are willing to quarrel bitterly with one another about election and predestination …
Jeremy Grant / Financial Times:
Learn from the fall of Rome, US warned  —  The US government is on a 'burning platform' of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the country's top government inspector has warned.
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Katrina aid goes toward luxury condos  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With large swaths of the Gulf Coast still in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich federal tax breaks designed to spur rebuilding are flowing hundreds of miles inland to investors who are buying up luxury condos near the University of Alabama's football stadium.
Michael Cohen /
Getting Shadi's Back  —  This absurd post from Atrios attacking my colleague Shadi is a good example of exactly what is wrong with some elements of the anti-war left - an inability and unwillingness to even consider the arguments of their opponents.  —  For example, I was a fierce critic of the war in Iraq.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
David Kaspar / Davids Medienkritik:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: "The US Military is more successful in Iraq than the world wants to believe."  —  Historical consistency has never been a strong point for SPIEGEL magazine or SPIEGEL ONLINE - but this is shocking:  —  Just look at this article.  —  After years of calling Iraq a disaster …
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 …
Sakher Abu El Oun / Agence France Presse:
Hamas fighters beat protesters after demo ban  —  GAZA CITY (AFP) - Baton-wielding Hamas fighters beat their political rivals in the Gaza Strip on Monday as they tried to prevent them from holding a protest after the Islamists banned unauthorised public gatherings.
The Corner:
Gaza Update  —  It was less than two months ago, after the …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Obama Gets Warning From Voter  —  HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Presidential hopeful Barack Obama was warned by a friendly voter Monday to avoid public spats with his Democratic rivals - but remarks he made later could add fuel to the criticism against him.  —  Maggie North of Claremont told Obama …
Discussion: The Belmont Club
TRex / Firedoglake:
Late Nite FDL: Lies, Damned Lies, and Michael O'Hanlon  —  I've been waiting for what seems like ages for Glenn Greenwald to publish the column detailing the results of his interview with feted "war critic" turned Iraq War cheerleader Michael O'Hanlon, and boy howdy, it doesn't disappoint.
Discussion: Eschaton and RADAMISTO
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David Crossland / Spiegel Online:
New Find Evokes Horrors of the Berlin Wall
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
Baqubah is still 'a work in progress'
Inside Higher Ed:
New Media Meets Campus Media
Discussion: Romenesko and Bluey Blog
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
5 Reporters Ordered to Testify About Government Sources
Discussion: Democracy Project
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Taboos  —  One of the basic tenets of the contemporary liberal faith …
Discussion: The Debate Link
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Will Hastert say farewell on Friday?
The Atlantic Online:
News; Florida GOPers Try To Preserve Delegate Strength
The Raw Story:
Karl Rove will resign from his position in the Bush Administration …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Piggish Prerogatives  —  There is lots of interesting stuff …
Clinton: Strong, yes; likeable, maybe