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10:30 AM ET, August 14, 2007


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Despite Bruises of '06, Rove's Influence Lasts  —  Whatever history makes of Karl Rove's role in the White House, his legacy as a political strategist can be measured in a presidential campaign that has already begun without him.  A look at the roster of every Republican presidential candidate finds people …
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 …
Editor and Publisher:
End of the Rove: How He Spun Media  —  WASHINGTON On the day it was revealed that the man credited with putting President Bush in the White House was quitting, there were no banner headlines in the country's major newspapers.  There was no mention of it on the front page of The Washington Post, The New York Times or USA Today.
Discussion: Attytood
Washington Post:
'Architect' Envisioned GOP Supremacy  —  President Bush once nicknamed him "The Architect," heaping gratitude on his chief strategist for helping engineer two presidential victories and two cycles of congressional triumphs.  —  But as Karl Rove resigns from the administration …
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.
Thom Patterson / CNN:
Author: Rove exit signals 'end of Bush presidency'
Discussion: Boston Globe and Rook's Rant
White House:
Roundtable Discussion with Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Rove: Departure Unrelated to Investigations
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Next Hurrah
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Marc Cooper and Corrente
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann Says Goodbye To Turd Blossom
Satyam / Think Progress:
Perino will miss Rove's 'Ice Cream Fridays.'
Discussion: Washington Post
Kevin Landrigan /
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 …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and The Corner
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Defense Chief Keeps Own Counsel on Iraq  —  In the debate about next steps on Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates does more listening than talking, rarely revealing his own views, except in clipped comments or the questions he asks at meetings.  —  Even in his private discussions with lawmakers …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
John F. Burns / New York Times:
For Top General in Iraq, Role Is a Mixed Blessing
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.
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'
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Elizabeth Edwards Unplugged  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: In an interview in August's edition of The Progressive magazine, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., takes candid shots at the other candidates battling for the Democratic nomination against her husband.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Wizbang
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.
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.
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
5 Reporters Ordered to Testify About Government Sources  —  Five reporters must testify about their law enforcement sources in a former Army scientist's lawsuit against the Justice Department, a federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday.  —  The suit, filed by Steven J. Hatfill …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why The Ethics Bill Is A Joke  —  How bad is the ethics bill that the Democrats just pushed through Congress?  Even lobbyists have started to point out its loopholes to the Washington Post.  Under the new rules, Representatives and Senators will no longer be able to accept free meals …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Sam Boyd / American Prospect:
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The Atlantic Online:
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Dems Work to Foil White House Recess Ploys
Christopher Hitchens / Slate: