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1:40 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
Discussion: Pandagon, Attytood and Rox Populi
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 …
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 …
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Convention Party Favors Include Face Time  —  Congress just completed ethics legislation designed to put distance between lawmakers and the interests that seek favors from them.  —  But the people in charge of next summer's presidential nominating conventions are busy selling package deals that would put them closer together.
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Congressman, It's (Still) on Us: The Ethics Law's Many Loopholes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Why The Ethics Bill Is A Joke (Update: Why Bush Won't Veto It)
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
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.
Elizabeth Edwards pens inspiring memoir
Discussion: Althouse
John F. Burns / New York Times:
For Top General in Iraq, Role Is a Mixed Blessing  —  BAGHDAD — Gen. David H. Petraeus looked out from a Black Hawk helicopter at the vistas of Baghdad rushing by 150 feet below on a recent summer evening, pointing at bustling markets, amusement parks and soccer fields scattered through neighborhoods …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Defense Chief Keeps Own Counsel on Iraq
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
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 …
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 should make her president …
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 …
CNN Political Ticker:
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Gotham)  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's a veteran statesman and hard-hitting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  But Sen. Patrick Leahy is set to leave the marble halls of Washington for the bright lights of Hollywood — at least briefly.
Discussion: The Corner and Wonkette
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 …
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.
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David Sirota / WorkingForChange:
Democrats Beware: An Economic Populist Is Rising In the GOP's Presidential Primary
Michael Ledeen / National Review Online:
On the Brink  —  President Bush is annoyed that Afghan President Karzai …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
John Borland / Wired News:
See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Enforcing the Community's foreign policy orthodoxy
Discussion: TalkLeft and Oliver Willis
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Obama and Arendt on Marriage Equality
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Micro-Lesson On Appeasement  —  Rudyard Kipling understood the futility of appeasement.
Discussion: Reuters
Mattel recalls 9 million toys in U.S.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Giuliani's JFK Moment
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Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Richardson can't say no on veep  —  Tells News 'not interested …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Why Another Round of This?  —  Imagine if the Bush administration …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Liberal Hawkery  —  Ezra writes: … I really don't think this is true.
Ryan Sager / Latest Politics:
When I'm Wrong, I'm Wrong  —  Having given it a bit more thought …
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
Washington Times:
Border Patrol to build fencing
Jeremy Grant / Financial Times:
Learn from the fall of Rome, US warned