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10:20 AM ET, August 16, 2007


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Washington Post:
An Early Clash Over Iraq Report  —  Senior congressional aides said yesterday that the White House has proposed limiting the much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill next month of Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker to a private congressional briefing …
Horses Mouth:
By now you've probably heard the news that the report on Iraqi progress we've been expecting in September from General Petraeus is actually going to be written by the White House, with "input" from "officials throughout government."  —  As the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story today …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
As Rove Departs, President Again Turns to Gillespie
Unknown noises from mine shift drilling plan  —  HUNTINGTON, Utah (CNN) — Rescue workers said they detected a noise Wednesday night — though it's unclear what it was — deep inside the Utah mine where six men have been trapped for nine days.  —  "We saw some indication of noise for a period …
Huffington Post:
Utah Mine Owner: Troubling Safety Record, Useful Political Clout
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
New York Times:
Earthquake in Peru Kills Hundreds  —  A powerful earthquake shook Peru Wednesday night, killing at least 337 people, Civil Defense authorities said today.  More than 800 people are believed to have been injured.  —  Most of the reported dead were in the region near Ica, south of the capital …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Judges Skeptical of State-Secrets Claim  —  Lawyers for the Bush administration encountered a federal appeals court Wednesday that appeared deeply skeptical of a blanket claim that the government's surveillance efforts cannot be challenged in court because the litigation might reveal state secrets.
Discussion: Threat Level and Rising Hegemon
Rush Interviews Karl Rove  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I would like to introduce you all to Karl Rove.  Karl, welcome to the EIB Network.  I cannot tell you how great it is finally to have you here with us.  —  KARL ROVE: Well, thanks, Rush.  I'm honored you'd ask me and delighted to be with you.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Fred Thompson's Gamble  —  When Fred Thompson makes his long-delayed entrance into the Republican presidential race, he will not tiptoe quietly.  Instead, he will try to shake up the establishment candidates of both parties by depicting a nation in peril from fiscal and security threats …
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
The Death of Diversity  —  People in ethnically diverse settings don't care about each other.  —  Diversity was once just another word.  Now it's a fighting word.  One of the biggest problems with diversity is that it won't let you alone.  Corporations everywhere have force-marched middle managers …
Boston Herald:
Patriotic parents needed to reignite Ruskie baby boom  —  MOSCOW - This would make a heck of a reality TV show.  —  The baby-poor Russian region of Ulyanovsk wants to its people to procreate, and has come up with a holiday and prizes to encourage them to their duty for Mother Russia.
Steven Stark / Real Clear Politics:
The Debates Are Killing Edwards & Obama  —  Conventional wisdom says that, in the presidential-nomination process, debates help everyone but the front-runner in the polls, because they give the pack exposure and face time next to the leader.  But so far in Campaign 2008, the opposite has been true.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush, Betsy's Page and PSoTD
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Reign of Error  —  THE AVERAGE NEWSPAPER CORRECTS VERY FEW OF ITS FACTUAL ERRORS, SAYS PROFESSOR.  —  The average newspaper should expand by a factor of 50 the amount of space given to corrections if Scott R. Maier's research is any guide.  —  Maier, an associate professor at the University …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Army Suicides Highest in 26 Years  —  WASHINGTON — Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report.  —  The report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
FBI probes contracts to company with ties to Stevens  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the National Science Foundation's award of $170 million in contracts to the oil field services company that oversaw renovations on U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.
Richard Luscombe / Guardian:
Blogger gets hot and bothered over Nasa's climate data error  —  An amateur meteorologist in Canada has embarrassed Nasa scientists into admitting that some of the data they used to show significant recent increases in global warming is flawed.  —  As a result of Stephen McIntyre's calculations …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Death toll from Iraq bombings likely to be worst of war  —  BAGHDAD — Officials said Wednesday that as many as 500 people probably died in a series of coordinated truck bombings that devastated two northern Iraqi villages Tuesday and set a record for mass carnage in war-torn Iraq.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THINKING ABOUT ELVIS  —  Today is the anniversary of the death …
Discussion: Pundit Review
Sitaraman Shankar / Reuters:
Investors seek refuge as stock slide snowballs
Discussion: POLITOPICS
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Mississippi Governor's Associates Profit From Katrina Recovery
Chicago Tribune:
Padilla jurors begin deliberations in terror case
Gulf News:
REGION  —  Dubai: Under pressure from the Congress …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Is Prodding Pakistan Leader to Share Power
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Some Baby Bibs Said to Contain Levels of Lead
Discussion: POLITOPICS
Editor and Publisher:
GALLUP: Gen. Petraeus Viewed Favorably By Public — So His 'Surge …
Discussion: QandO, Prairie Weather and Wizbang
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
More unidirectional multiculturalism
Peter King / Washington Times:
The two Mitt Romneys
Discussion: MSNBC and The Corner
Julian Borger / Guardian:
US documents show Pakistan gave Taliban military aid
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Folly and the Fed  —  Exactly a century ago, panic seized financial markets.
The Smoking Gun:
Nifong: The Dog Ate My Law License
The Shield of Achilles:
The Beauchamp controversy: Many Foots in Many Mouths [UPDATED]
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Hot tempers on global warming
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Resigned as Defense Secretary on Day Before Elections