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9:30 AM ET, August 16, 2007


 Top Items: 
Associated Press:
Dutch bishop: Call God 'Allah' to ease relations  —  Roman Catholic leader stokes already heated debate on religion  —  AMSTERDAM - A Roman Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands has proposed people of all faiths refer to God as Allah to foster understanding, stoking an already heated debate …
Ace /
Genius: Dutch Catholic Bishop Suggests All People, Including Christians And Jews, Refer To God As "Allah" To Foster "Understanding"  —  Good idea.  Maybe we can start calling Jesus "Mohammad" and also start calling "The Holy Bible" the "Koran" while we're at it.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Associated Press:
Dutch Bishop Suggests Calling God Allah
Discussion: Once Upon a Time
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 …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
As Rove Departs, President Again Turns to Gillespie
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
NSA Judge: 'I feel like I'm in Alice and Wonderland'  —  Ryan Singel and David Kravets are blogging the U.S. 9th Circuit hearing on the NSA's spying, and AT&T's alleged complicity, reporting live from the San Francisco courthouse.  Hit 'refresh' in your browser and scroll to the bottom for updates.
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Judges Skeptical of State-Secrets Claim
Discussion: Threat Level and Rising Hegemon
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
U.S. Defends Surveillance to 3 Skeptical Judges
Discussion: Threat Level Home:
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.
Associated Press:
At least 337 die in strong Peru quake  —  CHINCHA, Peru - The death toll from a powerful earthquake rose to at least 337 Thursday, a day after the magnitude-7.9 temblor shook Peru's coast, toppled buildings and shattered roads, officials said.  —  More than 827 people were reported injured …
Deadly earthquake strikes Peru
Discussion: Blogs of War and PoliBlog (TM)
MSNBC:   Hundreds killed in Peru quake
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 …
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Hot tempers on global warming  —  INTRODUCING Newsweek's Aug. 13 cover story on global warming "denial," editor Jon Meacham brings up an embarrassing blast from his magazine's past: an April 1975 story about global cooling, and the coming ice age that scientists then were predicting.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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 …
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 …
Julian Borger / Guardian:
US documents show Pakistan gave Taliban military aid  —  The Pakistani government gave substantial military support to the Taliban in the years leading up to the September 11 attacks, sending arms and soldiers to fight alongside the militant Afghan movement, according to newly released US official documents.
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.
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
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 and Betsy's Page
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Rumsfeld Resigned as Defense Secretary on Day Before Elections  —  Donald H. Rumsfeld, who came to symbolize the Bush administration's problems in the war in Iraq, resigned as secretary of defense one day before last fall's elections, although President Bush did not announce the move until the day after the elections.
Peter King / Washington Times:
The two Mitt Romneys  —  I've watched with some bafflement this past week as former Gov. Mitt Romney created his latest position of convenience, this time on the issue of illegal immigration.  —  First, let's address the most obvious of the problems with Mr. Romney's recent aggressiveness on this issue: the utter hypocrisy of it.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Corner
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Michelle Malkin:
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Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and TBogg
George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Richard Luscombe / Guardian:
Blogger gets hot and bothered over Nasa's climate data error
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
Time to Move Out and Draw Fire! - The Battle Over the War Narrative
The Smoking Gun:
Nifong: The Dog Ate My Law License
Daily Mail:
Sex on duty cop acquitted of misconduct because he was still 'wearing his earpiece'
Discussion: The Belmont Club
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Johnson / The Coffee House:
Things Are Swell in Baghdad
Discussion: First Draft
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Domestic Use of Spy Satellites To Widen
The Hill:
Pig masks and a political shift in Alaska
Ron Claiborne / Associated Press:
Romney in Stem Cell Biz, Despite Political Opposition
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Unidirectional multiculturalism  —  Andrew's post on Scottish …
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Petraeus Says He Will Propose Troop Cuts
Denver Post:
Russians get day off to procreate, then win prizes