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11:55 PM ET, August 18, 2007


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In Unprecedented Order, FISA Court Requires Bush Administration to Respond to ACLU's Request That Secret Court Orders Be Released to the Public  —  Government Must Respond by August 31  —  WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented order, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, JURIST, digg and TPMmuckraker
Jamie Doward / Observer:
Terror law puts Britons at risk of surveillance by US agents  —  A new law swept through Congress by the US government before the summer recess is to give American security agencies unprecedented powers to spy on British citizens without a warrant.  —  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Cliff Schecter
David Plouffe / Obama HQ:
Debates and forums going forward  —  As we head into the fall, the campaign is entering a new more engaged phase that will give voters an even greater sense of Barack's message of change and require the campaign to make decisions that balance the important role of debates and maximize time to run the kind of campaign we need to.
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
The Corner:
Nix That  —  From Team Thompson:
Sally Buzbee / Associated Press:
Shiite militia expands grip in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD - The street market bustles in the early mornings and late afternoons as shoppers come out to buy fruit, bread, clothes and toys.  Late into the hot summer nights, whole families gather to eat grilled kebabs at tiny stalls, their small children shrieking as they play tag.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Rasmussen Reports:
71% Favor Requiring Foreign Visitors to Carry Universal ID Card  —  Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide favor cutting off federal funds for "sanctuary cities" that offer protection to illegal immigrants.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 29% are opposed.
Orlando Sentinel:
Cops ask for guns, get missile launcher  —  Authorities trade sneakers, gift cards for 310 weapons  —  Orlando Police Sgt. Barbara Jones holds a surface-to-air missile launcher that had been turned in to the Orlando Police Kicks for Guns 2007 program on Friday.
New York Times:
Ground Zero Blaze Kills 2 Firefighters  —  Two firefighters were killed Saturday battling a blaze in the Deutsche Bank skyscraper, a vacant relic of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack that was in the process of being dismantled.  —  The firefighters were among hundreds who poured into ground zero …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs
Ilan Goldenberg /
How to tell an expert from an "expert"  —  Matt and Gideon Rose are having a pretty interesting exchange regarding expertise and the Democratic foreign policy community.  I completely agree with Matt when he writes … It's not that the entire VSP community is bad.
Anne Richardson / Reuters:
Hundreds pose naked on shrinking Swiss glacier  —  ALETSCH GLACIER, Switzerland (Reuters) - Hundreds of people posed naked on Switzerland's shrinking Aletsch glacier on Saturday for U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick as part of a Greenpeace campaign to raise awareness of global warming.
Libby Spencer / The Newshoggers:
Nobel prize winner denies discrimination  —  Our man in Cancun, Jules Siegel, follows up on yesterday's report that Guatemalan presidential candidate Rigoberta Menchu was removed from a high priced tourist hotel because she was mistaken for a common indigenous Indian.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Tim F. / Balloon Juice:
More On Wiretapping  —  Thanks to many who responded to my request, particularly to commenter LITBMueller for this highly informed comment.  —  Starting off, Marty Lederman has explained the limitations of the six-month "sunset" clause much better than I did a few days ago:
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
GIULIANI ENDORSES BUSH'S SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN  —  After Bush won a second term, he entered 2005 in a relatively strong position.  He boasted about having "political capital," his approval rating was around 50%, and he looked at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and saw a very friendly Republican majority in both chambers.
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Rove: My 'Worst' Mistake Was 'Saying Something Unkind' To A Colleague
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
More Academic Free Speech Hypocrisy
Faiz / Think Progress:
If It's Sunday, It's Karl Rove
Michael Deaver 1938-2007  —  "Almost instantaneously …
Discussion: The American Mind
Atrios / Eschaton:
The Highest Form of Wankery
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Todd Dvorak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker apologizes for Muslim remarks
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
After Loss of Majority, Several Republicans Head for Exits
Nigel Reynolds / Telegraph:
W. F. Deedes dies
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Bypassing Young Women's Abortion Rights
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Panic on Wall Street
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Turkish plane hijacking ends peacefully
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Green Zone Blinders
Washington Post:
Qualified to Serve  —  BEFORE BEING nominated by President Bush …
Estes Thompson / The Huffington Post:
Ammunition Shortage Squeezes Police
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain: 'I Was The Greatest Critic' Of The Iraq War Over The Last Four Years
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
A CBS Reality Show Draws a Claim of Possible Child Abuse