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6:30 PM ET, August 14, 2007

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David Frum / New York Times:
Building a Coalition, Forgetting to Rule  —  AS a political strategist, Karl Rove offered a brilliant answer to the wrong question.  —  The question he answered so successfully was a political one: How could Republicans win elections after Bill Clinton steered the Democrats to the center?
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Karl Rove: Bush's Napoleon
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Rove Legacy Laden With Protégés
Jonathan Allen / CQPolitics.com:
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: Yahoo! News, TalkLeft and TPMmuckraker
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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 …
Discussion: MyDD, DownWithTyranny!, STNG and Redstate
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 …
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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
CBS and Imus Settle Differences Over His Firing
Discussion: Althouse and Abovethelaw.com
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 …
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Rule Change Shifts Death Penalty Responsibilities to Gonzales  —  Overwhelming evidence shows that Alberto Gonzales isn't fit to be attorney general.  But despite that, his office continues to accrue important powers.  Recently, the FISA bill took oversight powers from the Foreign Intelligence …
Discussion: The American Street and ACSBlog
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 …
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CNN:
Mattel recalls 9 million toys in U.S.  —  BETHESDA, Maryland (CNN) — Toymaker Mattel is voluntarily recalling 9 million of its toys in the United States including popular characters such as Batman, Barbie, Polly Pockets and a toy from Pixar's "Cars" movie because of hazards to children …
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 …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's first-lady records locked up  —  Archivists say the 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 should make her president …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Corner
CNN:
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.
CBS News:
Poll: Americans More Optimistic On Surge  —  29% Now Believe Troop Surge Is Helping In Iraq, But Most Still Say War Going Badly  —  (CBS) According to a new CBS News poll, Americans have become somewhat more optimistic about the impact of the troop surge in Iraq.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Enforcing the Community's foreign policy orthodoxy  —  A rather spirited exchange occurred yesterday on the question of Iraq between Atrios, on the one hand, and, on the other, Michael Cohen and Shadi Hamid at Democracy Arsenal, a foreign policy blog for various Democratic members of the Foreign Policy Community.
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Gen. Casey: 'Iraq Will Be A Remarkable Country In A Decade …
MSNBC:
Debate on drinking age brews
Discussion: Swords Crossed
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Official who will oversee work was let go in Boston
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Why Are the New York Times and So Much of the MSM Neglecting …
Nathan Gardels / Los Angeles Times:
China's new revolutionaries: U.S. consumers
Discussion: WSJ.com
Mike Lux / Open Left:
The DLC, Past and Present
Discussion: Firedoglake and Booman Tribune
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
Ala. city considers end to alcohol sales
Sen. Mike Gravel / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Chooses States Rights Over Gay Rights
 Earlier Items: 
Armchair Generalist / American Footprints:
The Air Force "Thinks Creatively" About Counterinsurgency
CNN Political Ticker:
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Gotham)
Discussion: Wonkette and The Corner
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Richardson can't say no on veep  —  Tells News 'not interested …
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
When I'm Wrong, I'm Wrong  —  Having given it a bit more thought …
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Discussion: Balkinization
John F. Burns / New York Times:
For Top General in Iraq, Role Is a Mixed Blessing
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Elizabeth Edwards Unplugged
Washington Times:
Border Patrol to build fencing