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12:15 PM ET, August 14, 2007


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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Despite Bruises of 2006, 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 …
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
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Congressman, It's (Still) on Us: The Ethics Law's Many Loopholes  —  Activists on the reform side of the lobbying debate have been celebrating that Congress finally got around to passing an ethics bill.  The question is: Should voters celebrate as well?  —  Paul A. Miller …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:   Convention Party Favors Include Face Time
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Why The Ethics Bill Is A Joke
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Gonzales could get say in states' executions  —  Proposed rules would let the attorney general sign off on 'fast tracking' death penalty appeals.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is putting the final touches on regulations that could give Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales important …
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
Elizabeth Edwards pens inspiring memoir
Discussion: Althouse
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
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's first lady records locked up  —  Archivists say the former first lady's documents at her husband's presidential library won't be released until after the '08 vote.  —  LITTLE ROCK, ARK —  . - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cites her experience as a compelling reason voters …
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Tougher Rudy to hit back on immigration  —  Rudy Giuliani will jump back into the debate over immigration policy today, but don't expect him to talk about his days as mayor - when his policies were all but lifted from his liberal predecessor, Ed Koch.  —  As Giuliani seeks the Republican nomination …
Discussion: The State and MSNBC
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Giuliani Maintains Strength
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Source Disclosure Ordered in Anthrax Suit  —  Five reporters must reveal their government sources for stories they wrote about Steven J. Hatfill and investigators' suspicions that the former Army scientist was behind the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, a federal judge ruled yesterday.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Going After Blue Dogs: A Question for You  —  I've been kicking around the idea with Chris that we should raise the costs of bad decision-making on things like FISA, or when they fold to Republicans on the supplemental or (insert fight here).  —  It's not much to put up some google ads criticizing …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch  —  Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else's hobby.  I hadn't imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and BeldarBlog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Lawsuits May Illuminate Methods of Spy Program  —  In 2003, Room 641A of a large telecommunications building in downtown San Francisco was filled with powerful data-mining equipment for a "special job" by the National Security Agency, according to a former AT&T technician.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
When I'm Wrong, I'm Wrong  —  Having given it a bit more thought, I think Byron York is right.  I should have been clear that Sam Brownback was quoting what Mother Teresa said to him when he said at the Iowa Straw Poll, "All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.  All for Jesus.  All for Jesus."
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Corner
The Atlantic Online:
Desperate Ploy to Get Atrios to Link to Me
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Richardson can't say no on veep  —  Tells News 'not interested …
Discussion: TIME, New York Times and QandO
Atrios / Eschaton:
Why Another Round of This?  —  Imagine if the Bush administration …
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Time's Lead Over Newsweek Narrows
 Earlier Items: 
Atrios / Eschaton:
Liberal Hawkery  —  Ezra writes: … I really don't think this is true.
Washington Post:
Whoa! GQ's New D.C. Power List Is Suddenly Out of Date. Or Is It?
Discussion: Think Progress
Jenn Abelson / Boston Globe:
Edwards takes risk staking run on Iowa
Adam Howard /
Giuliani Compares Welfare Recipients to Animals in Racist Video from 2000 [VIDEO]
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Media Matters for America:
The media misses Mitt Romney's YouTube moment
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Random Rummy August Sighting