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10:20 AM ET, August 18, 2007


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New York Times:
White House to Offer Iraq Plan of Gradual Cuts  —  The White House plans to use a report next month assessing progress in Iraq to outline a plan for gradual troop reductions beginning next year that would fall far short of the drawdown demanded by Congressional opponents of the war, according to administration and military officials.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Commerce, Treasury funds helped boost GOP campaigns  —  WASHINGTON — Top Commerce and Treasury Departments officials appeared with Republican candidates and doled out millions in federal money in battleground congressional districts and states after receiving White House political briefings detailing GOP election strategy.
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Secret White House Manual: How to Stop Anti-Bush T-Shirts  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  The Bush administration has agreed to pay $80,000 to a husband and wife who were ejected from a presidential rally because of their anti-Bush T-shirts.  —  The settlement ends a suit brought by a Texas couple …
Washington Wire:
Dodd Criticizes White House Handling of Credit Problems
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Washington Wire:
Another Bush Administration Departure?
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
A CBS Reality Show Draws a Claim of Possible Child Abuse  —  The ads promoting "Kid Nation," a new reality show coming to CBS next month, extol the incredible experience of a group of 40 children, ages 8 to 15, who built a sort of idealistic society in a New Mexico ghost town, free of adults.
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Edwards Calls Coulter 'She-Devil'  —  ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Former Sen. John Edwards on Friday fired the latest round in his ongoing verbal feud with Ann Coulter, calling her a "she-devil" at a public event before quickly adding that he shouldn't engage in name-calling.
Popular Mechanics:
Half a World Away: Soldiers in Iraq Don't Hear Deliberations Back Home (and Often Don't Care)  —  TIKRIT, Iraq — It never even hits the radar screen.  For the troops on the front lines and the colonels in the rear—and just about everyone in between—the big news in Iraq every day is that they're still alive and healthy.
Ayad Allawi / Washington Post:
A Plan for Iraq  —  Next month, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will report to Congress on the situation in my country.  I expect that the testimony of these two good men will be qualified and nuanced, as politics requires.
Paul Lewis / Washington Post:
Recruiting For Iraq War Undercut in Puerto Rico  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The political activists, brown envelopes tucked under their arms, staked out the high school gates just after sunrise.  When students emerged from the graffiti-scorched streets of the Rio Piedra neighborhood …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Riazat Butt / Guardian:
TV airing for Islam's story of Christ  —  There was no manger, Christ is not the Messiah, and the crucifixion never happened.  A forthcoming ITV documentary will portray Jesus as Muslims see him.  —  With the Koran as a main source and drawing on interviews with scholars and historians …
City Journal:
Delusions of Honesty  —  Tony Blair's domestic legacy: corruption and the erosion of liberty  —  When Tony Blair announced his resignation after ten years as prime minister of the United Kingdom, his voice choked with emotion and he nearly shed a tear.  He asked his audience to believe …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
RYE BARCOTT: A GREAT AMERICAN  —  My daughter Eliana returned from a visit to Africa during which she made the acquaintance of Rye Barcott (above with his colleague Matt Bugher) in Nairobi, Kenya.  For reasons that will become obvious, Rye made a great impression on Eliana.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Padilla Case Offers a New Model of Terrorism Trial  —  There were two perfectly predictable schools of thought being expressed after the conviction of Jose Padilla on Thursday on terrorism-related charges.  Supporters of the Bush administration said the conviction justified the more than three years …
Giuliani-McCain: That's the Ticket?  —  McCain Tells ABC News He's 'Flattered' by Rival Giuliani  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are rivals for the 2008 Republican nomination, but you wouldn't know it by asking them.  —  In an interview …
Timothy Sandefur /
American Dream on a Spike  —  Alan Merrifield doesn't believe in pesticides.  He thinks they're dangerous, ineffective and bad for the environment.  In any case, he doesn't deal with bugs.  He helps people keep common pests like raccoons and birds away from their homes, using only traps, screens and spikes.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Climate Progress:
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Al Baker / New York Times:
New York City Police Report Explores Homegrown Terrorism
Discussion: Daily Kos and The RBC
Hindrocket / Power Line:
DAMNED IF YOU DO...  Is Bill Moyers the most contemptible man in American public life?
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Democracy in America:
How the netroots are like the neocons
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Brussels is out to clobber the City
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Changing the Terms of Debate
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Fixing The Internet
Discussion: The Impolitic
Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:
Protest at the Belgian Embassy in Copenhagen
Discussion: EU Referendum and Snaphanen
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
It Shouldn't Have Taken the Deaths of Three Miners to Get the Media …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Michelle Obama Speaks