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1:20 AM ET, August 14, 2007


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New York Times:
Karl Rove, Top Strategist, Is Leaving the White House  —  Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush's two winning presidential campaigns and secured his own place in history as a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the White House …
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 …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Karl Rove's Iraq war role  —  Karl Rove played a key role in the selling of the Iraq War, which may help explain why he's still bullish on the ultimate outcome, no matter how grim the news.  —  Bush and Rove announce the aide's resignation at the White House
Discussion: Pottersville and The Reaction
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.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Rove: Departure Unrelated to Investigations
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Satyam / Think Progress:   Perino will miss Rove's 'Ice Cream Fridays.'
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Congress' Rove inquiries aren't over yet
Discussion: New York Times and New York Times
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Keith Olbermann Says Goodbye To Turd Blossom
Discussion: The Reaction
Andrew Samwick / Vox Baby:
Rove and Mythology  —  From the WSJ editorial with Paul Gigot …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Shocking Article On The State Of Islamic Science At Salon  —  I won't turn this into another long rant where I bore you all.  I'll just invite you to read it in full.  The subject of the interview obviously knows what he's talking about, and his opinions are important.
Steve Paulson / Salon:
The religious state of Islamic science
Discussion: Daily Kos
ACLU Letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Requesting A Meeting on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act  —  Dear Mr. Attorney General:  —  Today, my staff was briefed by the Justice Department regarding guidelines to institute the new foreign to domestic wiretapping authority Congress granted …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
5 Reporters Ordered to Testify About Government Sources
Discussion: Democracy Project
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 …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and TigerHawk
Clinton: Strong, yes; likeable, maybe  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Democrats consider New York Sen. Hillary Clinton the most electable candidate in the presidential field, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday afternoon.  —  Democratic voters polled in the new survey …
Discussion: New York Times and MyDD
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.
Michael Yon:
Three Marks on the Horizon  —  Almost everyone (by now) must have heard about the "lazy" Iraqi parliament members who, like so many Neros fiddling while Rome burns around them, are taking a month off.  Yet comparatively few Americans will ever hear or read about IA Scorpion Company Commander Captain Baker …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Piggish Prerogatives  —  There is lots of interesting stuff in the ether today, not the least of which is the fact that Rove is coming off the taxpayers payroll at long last, but I want to start you off with this little Media Matters gem from last Friday that absolutely floored me when I saw it.
Robert Peach / Commentary:
Boot Interview  —  Last week we sat down for an interview with Max Boot, a regular contributor to this blog and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Boot talks about "How Not to Get Out of Iraq" (his article in the September issue of COMMENTARY), General Petraeus's September report, the war in Iraq, and more.
Ryan Sager / New York Sun:
Skip Iowa Next Time  —  To revise the old Woody Allen line: Eighty percent of success is not showing up.  While Mitt Romney may have nominally "won" the Iowa Straw Poll over the weekend, the real victors were the ones who stayed away from Ames: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson …
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Confederate Yankee:
More Easily Debunked Beauchamp Fiction: It Never Ends (Update: Joke?)  —  Had it not been hidden behind the subscriber firewall, I would have found this example of The New Republic's unwillingness to fact check Scott Beauchamp long ago.  —  It is already widely know that in Beauchamp's second dispatch …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Defense Says Case Against Padilla Is 'Politically Motivated'  —  The murder conspiracy case against "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla and two co-defendants is based not on facts but on fear and post-Sept. 11 politics, defense attorneys told jurors Monday.  —  Noting that the FBI listened …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Katrina aid goes toward luxury condos
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Taboos  —  One of the basic tenets of the contemporary liberal faith …
Discussion: The Debate Link
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Will Hastert say farewell on Friday?
The Atlantic Online:
News; Florida GOPers Try To Preserve Delegate Strength
The Atlantic Online:
How Did Huckabee Place Second?
Atrios / Eschaton:
Speaking of ... Well, Things I Didn't Actually Speak Of
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Stay the Course in Iraq = the Draft
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Moira Whelan /
On Shadi, "them,"us," and the "Foreign Policy Community"
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary's First Ad
Discussion: Balloon Juice and OxBlog
Michael Medved / USA Today:
Hollywood's terrorists: Mormon, not Muslim
Discussion: TigerHawk and Iowa Voice
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Electorate Shifts Towards Democrats
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Ney's Chief of Staff Wore Wire, Was Key To Boss's Conviction
Discussion: The Swamp and
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
O'REILLY V. O'REILLY  —  In case you missed it, fibbing goof …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Islamists are coming  —  Glenn Reynolds today sends …