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3:30 PM ET, August 18, 2007


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to turn down additional fall debates  —  Inundated by dozens of invitations, Sen. Barack Obama will turn down requests to join future debates and forums this fall, his Democratic presidential campaign announced Saturday.  —  Obama will honor his commitment to eight more debates …
The Atlantic Online:
Enough's Enough: Obama Will Limit Forum/Debate Participation
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain: 'I Was The Greatest Critic' Of The Iraq War Over The Last Four Years  —  Yesterday on CNN, host Kiran Chetry suggested to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that he's been unfairly "painted as being a huge supporter of the president's Iraq strategy.  Is that an accurate portrayal?" she asked.
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Turkish plane hijacking ends peacefully  —  ANKARA, Turkey - Two men who hijacked a Turkish passenger plane in an apparent protest against the U.S. surrendered to authorities Saturday after holding some crew members and passengers hostage for more than four hours.  No one was hurt.
Discussion: The Corner and Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Qualified to Serve  —  BEFORE BEING nominated by President Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Leslie H. Southwick served for almost 12 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, where he participated in thousands of cases spanning the gamut of civil and criminal law.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Here's How Fox News Covered Fred Thompson In Iowa  —  Fairly harsh coverage of Sen. Fred Thompson's first trip to Iowa today... from Fox News, an organ of opinion that Mr. Thompson very much wants in his corner.  First, Carl Cameron points out Thompson's Gucci loafers...
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.
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Green Zone Blinders  —  Late last month the Brookings Institution's Kenneth Pollack and Michael O'Hanlon, just back from a quick trip to Baghdad, proclaimed in the New York Times that "we are finally getting somewhere in Iraq."  In June, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, fresh from his latest whirlwind tour …
Faiz / Think Progress:
If It's Sunday, It's Karl Rove  —  Karl Rove will be a guest this Sunday on Face the Nation, Meet the Press, and Fox News Sunday (ABC's This Week is hosting a Democratic presidential debate).  —  Thus far, Rove's farewell media blitz has simply provided him a platform to offer partisan attacks.
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Nicole Brodeur / Seattle Times:
Lessons in newsroom decorum
Mark Morford / San Francisco Chronicle:   You have many things for which you can be deeply grateful.
New York Times:
Concern Over Wider Spying Under New Law  —  Broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include — without court approval — certain types of physical searches of American citizens …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael Deaver 1938-2007  —  "Almost instantaneously, he responded, 'Ronald Reagan was my issue.'"  —  Since Ronald Reagan passed away a few years ago, we have seen several members of his inner circle follow him once again.  Lyn Nofzinger, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, and Cap Weinberger all helped craft …
Discussion: The American Mind
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
After Loss of Majority, Several Republicans Head for Exits  —  A rash of retirements among House Republicans is adding to the party's electoral challenges and raising questions about a rush for the exits.  —  Four House Republicans — Representatives J. Dennis Hastert and Ray LaHood …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Highest Form of Wankery  —  From the article linked below: … There is a bunch of stuff here.  Obviously, if the necons were so absurdly wrong one would've imagined that those in the "clerisy" would have taken a strong public stand against them.  What we saw and still see, of course …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Michael Rubin / The Corner:
More Academic Free Speech Hypocrisy
Discussion: Campus Watch
Todd Dvorak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker apologizes for Muslim remarks
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Nigel Reynolds / Telegraph:
W. F. Deedes dies
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Bypassing Young Women's Abortion Rights
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Panic on Wall Street
Catherine Brahic / New Scientist:
Forget biofuels - burn oil and plant forests instead
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
We Card  —  Bizarre story from Vermont, where bar owner Wayne Ryan …
Discussion: Say Anything and Daily Pundit
Estes Thompson / The Huffington Post:
Ammunition Shortage Squeezes Police
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Robert / Jihad Watch:
Saudi cleric: Allah wants Islam to rule the world
Discussion: NonParty Politics
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Padilla Case Offers New Model of Terrorism Trial
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
City Journal:
Delusions of Honesty  —  Tony Blair's domestic legacy …
Riazat Butt / Guardian:
TV airing for Islam's story of Christ
Popular Mechanics:
Half a World Away: Soldiers in Iraq Don't Hear Deliberations …
Timothy Sandefur /
American Dream on a Spike
Giuliani-McCain: That's the Ticket?