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1:15 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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:   Petraeus' September Report Will Be Written By The White House
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Petraeus To Recommend Pullback
Discussion: The Influence Peddler
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 …
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.
Discussion: Dependable Renegade and Unfogged
Sue Pleming / Reuters:
U.S. may soon label Iran Guard "terrorist"
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?
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Democrats Need a Karl Rove
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
New York Times:
With Rove's Departure, a New Era
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and USA Today
Sridhar Pappu / Washington Post:
Is There a (Tell-All) Book in Him?  —  Publishers Ask How Rove …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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
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 …
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 TalkLeft
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney Leads in New Hampshire
Discussion: Open Left and
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.
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 …
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."
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.
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.
Kaitlin Dirrig / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New airport agents check for danger in fliers' facial expressions  —  WASHINGTON — Next time you go to the airport, there may be more eyes on you than you notice.  —  Specially trained security personnel are watching body language and facial cues of passengers for signs of bad intentions.
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.
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Discussion: MSNBC
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 Earlier Items: 
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Washington Post:
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The Worst Op-Ed Ever Written?
The Corner:
Rove  —  We're away this week so I'm weighing in late.
USA Today:
Christian group plans straw poll, religion-and-politics faceoff
Discussion: Think Progress
Wife who killed preacher set free
Eunice Moscoso / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich 'sickened' with Bush, Congress