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4:10 PM ET, August 15, 2007

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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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Faiz / Think Progress:
Petraeus' September Report Will Be Written By The White House  —  The Los Angeles Times reports that Gen. David Petraeus' upcoming Sept. 15 report on Iraq will be authored by the White House: … In other words, the Sept. 15 report promises to be much like the July mid-term report which purported to show …
Discussion: My Two Sense
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rove makes a fiery exit
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
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Rocco DiPippo / THE AUTONOMIST:
Terrorist Propaganda Picture of the Week  —  What follows is a caption from the AFP, and below that, the picture that accompanies it: … The only way those bullets hit her house was if someone threw them at her house.  —  You see, they've never been fired.
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
HMMMM EVEN LESS RIGHT.  —  From the previous post, reader Hoefer remembers and tracks down something veddy intahrezting … Here are the two pics and it sure looks like the same lady, and the same idiotic claim.  Heh. … Anyone know the photog or official agency and caption for this one?
Confederate Yankee:
Going to the Well Once Too Often  —  Photographer Wissam al-Okaili has had quite an interesting summer in Iraq, and apparently made quite a few friends.  —  In July, he published a picture carried in media around the world, as an elderly Sadr City woman held up a object that she claimed …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
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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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The Giuliani Doctrine  —  Rudy Giuliani's Foreign Affairs essay really is a bit of a revelation.  To understand it, I think you need to understand the broader context of the political dilemmas he's facing.  One is the simple dilemma all the Republican contenders face …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Rudy On The World  —  It's a bad, bad place and we have to …
Robert Block / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites  —  The U.S.'s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation's vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.  —  The decision, made three months ago …
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Back to School for The GOP  —  In the past few years, Democrats have gotten pretty good at mimicking Republicans.  They've been training college activists, establishing think tanks and, more generally, trying to turn their party into a movement — just what conservatives did during their years in the pre-Reagan wilderness.
Discussion: Open Left and Ezra Klein
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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%.
Discussion: MyDD and Pollster.com
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Rasmussen Reports:
Romney Leads in New Hampshire
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
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David Neiwert / Orcinus:   Our newest war
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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Hope on Climate Change?  Here's Why  —  In the field of environmentalism — where brows tend to be frozen in furrow and despair is a professional credential — Gregg Easterbrook of the Brookings Institution is notable for his optimism.  And one cause of his sunniness is smog in Los Angeles.
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Brian Beutler:
Gerson for cap and trade?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Democrats Need a Karl Rove  —  What follows here is an op-ed I wrote for The Hill newspaper today that makes the case for Democrats to adopt a conviction politics of principle, courage and tenacity.
MEMRI:
Online Islamist Forum Hosted in Texas Posts Guide for Kidnapping Americans  —  The popular Islamist-jihadist forum www.alhesbah.org, hosted by RealWebHost in Texas, U.S., recently posted an anonymously written document from 2003 titled "The Excellent Summary of the Rules of the Art of Kidnapping Americans."
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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