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11:00 AM ET, August 17, 2007


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New York Times:
Padilla Is Guilty on All Charges in Terror Trial  —  In a significant victory for the Bush administration, a federal jury found Jose Padilla guilty of terrorism conspiracy charges on Thursday after little more than a day of deliberation.  —  Mr. Padilla, a Brooklyn-born convert to Islam …
Discussion: Wake up America and Althouse
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
What Did We Learn From Padilla?  —  The New York Times provides an interesting analysis of the Jose Padilla conviction, one that essentially credits the Bush administration with a victory.  The jury convicted Padilla in almost no time at all, saying that the evidence was overwhelming …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lewis Z. Koch / Firedoglake:
Reflections On Padilla
Discussion: Democracy Now and
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
John Edwards, Exploiter Of The Poor
Discussion: Washington Wire
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
For Giuliani, Ground Zero as Linchpin and Thorn  —  As Rudolph W. Giuliani campaigns around the country highlighting his stewardship of New York City after the Sept. 11 attacks, he is widely hailed for bringing order to a traumatized city.  But he has also raised the hackles of rescue …
Horses Mouth:
Twenty-nine hours.  —  That's the total amount of time Rudy Giuliani actually spent at Ground Zero in three months following the attacks, according to a report in this morning's New York Times.  —  Rudy, you'll recall, recently caused a huge controversy by saying he'd spent …
Discussion: Eschaton and The Heretik
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
What History Taught Karl Rove  —  When I asked Karl Rove this week to summarize his approach to politics, he quoted from memory a 167-year-old letter by Abraham Lincoln to his Whig campaign committee: "Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters, and from time to time have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence."
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
KARL ROVE, CHAMPION OF THE LITTLE GUY....A couple of days ago …
Discussion: State of the Day
Confederate Yankee:
Yet Again: AFP's Photo Woes Continue  —  Fresh off of being caught trying to pass off unfired civilian ammunition as evidence of soldiers shooting into the home of an elderly Iraqi woman, the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) has been caught once again in a photography scandal involving …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Riehl World View
Los Angeles Times:
A rush to pull out cash  —  Worried about the stability of mortgage giant Countrywide Financial, depositors crowd branches.  —  Anxious customers jammed the phone lines and website of Countrywide Bank and crowded its branch offices to pull out their savings because of concerns …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Takes Sharper Tone to the Trail  —  Senator Barack Obama has moved in recent weeks to sharpen his tone noticeably as he fights for the Democratic presidential nomination, increasingly drawing sharp contrasts with his rivals and seeking to turn criticism of his foreign policy credentials into a fresh argument for change.
Discussion: TIME
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards: Attacker-in-chief
Discussion: New York Times
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Pentagon Paid $999,798 to Ship Two 19-Cent Washers to Texas  —  Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to a Texas base, U.S. officials said.
Alex Hammer / The Moderate Voice:
Vision  —  They say that "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man (or woman) is king (queen)."  —  Malcolm X was assassinated when he started embracing more peaceful/conciliatory (difficult to find the most accurate word, I want to be very fair) views.  —  Ghandi was, most assuredly, a man of peace.
Brendan Loy / The Irish Trojan's Blog:
Dean already a Cat. 2, could become a Cat. 5 this weekend  —  I'm breaking my Dean-silence 80 minutes early to report that the storm is now a Category 2 hurricane, with 100 mph winds, rapidly approaching the Lesser Antilles.  Indeed, the outer bands are already affecting the islands …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Army Audits: Official Sites, Not Blogs, Breach Security  —  For years, members of the military brass have been warning that soldiers' blogs could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information.  But a series of online audits, conducted by the Army, suggests …
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Hotel mistakes Nobel laureate for bag lady  —  She was wearing a Mayan dress, the traditional attire of indigenous people in central America, and the hotel's response was also traditional: throw her out.  —  Staff at Cancun's five-star Hotel Coral Beach appear to have assumed …
Discussion: digg, Cliff Schecter and Say Anything
Robert Bryce / Energy Tribune:
Al Gore's Zero Emissions Makes Zero Sense  —  It is the nature of civilization to use energy and it's the nature of liberalism to feel bad about it.  That's my conclusion after finally sitting down to watch "An Inconvenient Truth," the Oscar-winning documentary that has turned Al Gore into a rock star (and rock music promoter).
Discussion: and Hot Air
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For immediate release  —  Financial market conditions …
David Brooks / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: The Ascent of a Common Man
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Liberties Advocates Fear Abuse of Satellite Images
Discussion: Corrente
Sen. Barbara Boxer / The Huffington Post:
Stop the GOP Electoral College Power Grab in California
Jeffrey Imm / Counterterrorism Blog:
CAIR Cites Counterterrorism Blog in HLF Legal Filing
Doghouse Riley / Bats Left Throws Right:
Welcome Liberators  —  Jonah Goldberg, "Republican or Conservative?
Jenna Bush gets engaged
Peter Keepnews / New York Times:
Max Roach, Master of Modern Jazz, Dies at 83
Discussion: BBC and The Volokh Conspiracy
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Liberal Reconsiders Chavez
Polish MEPs boycott UN conference
Sorry we ate your forefathers
Hillary's Feeling "Good About Where I Am." In Pahrump, Nevada.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Richardson Aide Quits After Brothel Link Discovery
Steve Benen / Crooks and Liars:
An embarrassed Fox News hits Wikipedia
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Real ID: Anti-terror tool or Big Brother?
Discussion: Making Light and Pandagon