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11:30 AM ET, August 15, 2007

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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Iranian Unit to Be Labeled 'Terrorist'  —  U.S. Moving Against Revolutionary Guard  —  The United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a "specially designated global terrorist," according to U.S. officials …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
U.S. Weighing Terrorist Label for Iran Guards  —  The Bush administration is preparing to declare that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization, senior administration officials said Tuesday.  —  If imposed, the declaration would signal a more confrontational turn …
Will / Attytood:
A prelude to war: What's really behind Bush's Iran move  —  Last night's carefully managed leak from the White House that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is being designated as a global terrorist group is a story that — while in a sense you could see it coming for months — seemed to also catch a lot of the major news media off guard.
Los Angeles Times:
Top general may propose pullbacks  —  Petraeus is expected to tell Congress that Iraqis can assume duties in some areas, freeing U.S. troops for other uses.  —  WASHINGTON —  Intent on demonstrating progress in Iraq, the top U.S. general there is expected by Bush administration officials …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Petraeus To Recommend Pullback
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
James Carville / Financial Times:
How Karl Rove lost a generation of Republicans  —  There is an old joke that campaign veterans toss around war rooms, bars and BS sessions.  We say there are people who have worked in campaigns who say that they have lost some - and we call those folks operatives, managers, strategists …
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Democrats Need a Karl Rove
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
The Corner:   Rove  —  We're away this week so I'm weighing in late.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Says He Can Unite U.S. 'More Effectively' Than Clinton  —  Drawing a sharp contrast with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama said in an interview that he has the capacity she may lack to unify the country and move it out of what he called "ideological gridlock."
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Walking a fine line
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
A Campaign Undeclared, Not Invisible
Discussion: The Politico and TIME
New York Times:
With Rove's Departure, a New Era  —  President Bush took the White House in 2001 with Texas swagger, and promptly filled the West Wing with fellow Texans who shared his ideology and determination to fundamentally change the way the capital worked.  —  Six years later, the departure of Karl Rove …
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
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Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Karl who? White House downplays Rove's role
Des Moines Register:
Clinton says her ads irk White House
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Chávez to Propose Removing His Term Limits  —  President Hugo Chávez will unveil a project to change the Constitution on Wednesday that is expected to allow him to be re-elected indefinitely, a move that would enhance his authority to accelerate a socialist-inspired transformation of Venezuelan society.
Fox News:
South Carolina Inmate Hits Michael Vick With '$63,000,000,000 Billion Dollar' Lawsuit Alleging Al Qaeda Ties  —  Embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a "$63,000,000,000 billion dollar" …
Discussion: Argghhh!
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Vick attorneys negotiating plea
Sara Carter / Washington Times:
U.S. agents accused of aiding Islamist scheme  —  A criminal investigations report says several U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain.
ABCNEWS:
Don Imus Sued by Rutgers Basketball Player  —  Star Center Kia Vaughn Names Imus, NBC, CBS in Civil Suit  —  Don Imus is facing his first lawsuit from a player on the Rutgers Women's Basketball team for derogatory comments that cost him his job as a radio host in April, ABC News has learned.
Michael J. Totten:
Balance of Terror  —  BAGHDAD - The American soldier sitting next to me flipped open his Zippo lighter and gloomily lit a cigarette.  "Do you know why this base isn't attacked by insurgents?" he said.  —  I assumed it was because his area of operations, in the Graya'at neighborhood …
Discussion: Hot Air, INDCJournal and Roger L. Simon
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Political impasse key to Iraq security  —  BAGHDAD — Despite U.S. claims that violence is down in the Iraqi capital, U.S. military officers are offering a bleak picture of Iraq's future, saying they've yet to see any signs of reconciliation between Sunni and Shiite Muslims despite the drop in violence.
Rasmussen Reports:
New Hampshire Primary: Clinton Holds Solid Lead  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary shows New York Senator Hillary Clinton leading Illinois Senator Barack Obama by fifteen percentage points, 37% to 22%.
Damien Cave / New York Times:
4 Truck Bombs Kill 190 in Kurdish Area of Iraq  —  Four truck bombs killed at least 190 people on Tuesday in two villages in a Kurdish-speaking area near the Syrian border, destroying houses and sending hundreds of the wounded to at least six hospitals as far as 150 miles away, the Iraqi authorities said.
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Associated Press:
Suicide truck bombers strike members of ancient religious sect …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Eunice Moscoso / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich 'sickened' with Bush, Congress  —  Gingrich, who is considering a run for the White House, was referring to a recent crime in Newark, N.J., where three college students were murdered execution style in a school playground.  —  One of the suspects — Jose Lachira Carranza …
The Blotter:
Exclusive: U.S. Studying Two Dozen 'Clusters' of Possible Homegrown Terrorists  —  Brian Ross, Richard Esposito & Maddy Sauer Report:  —  U.S. law enforcement officials say they have identified more than two dozen "clusters" of young Muslim men in the northeast United States who are on a path …
 
 
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USA Today:
Christian group plans straw poll, religion-and-politics faceoff
Discussion: Think Progress
Kaitlin Dirrig / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New airport agents check for danger in fliers' facial expressions
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
HMMMM EVEN LESS RIGHT.
Rudy Giuliani / Real Clear Politics:
Toward a Realistic Peace
CNN:
Wife who killed preacher set free
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Beyond Padilla terror case, huge legal issues
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Prices for key foods are rising sharply
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Academics Give Millions to Put Democrat in White House
Discussion: TigerHawk
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Phil Rizzuto, Yankees Shortstop, Dies at 89
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Fox News Caught Editing Al Franken's Wikipedia Entry
Discussion: QandO and Norwegianity
Democrats.senate.gov:
Reid: Senate Will Explore Long-Term Fixes To FISA In September
Discussion: Daily Kos
Little Green Footballs:
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