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4:15 PM ET, August 19, 2007


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Matt / Think Progress:
Cooper Contradicts Rove: He's 'Dissembling' With 'Non-Sense' About The Plame Leak  —  During his tour of the Sunday shows this morning, Karl Rove attempted to downplay and dismiss his role in the CIA leak scandal, telling Fox News' Chris Wallace that he acted benignly in his conversations with reporters about Valerie Plame's identity:
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Karl Rove Spins His Way Out Of Town On Meet The Press  —  This morning on "Meet The Press" Karl Rove sat down with David Gregory to talk about his career, Iraq and the state of the Republican party today.  Gregory actually asks some tough questions and follows up on them …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Spurning Criticism, Rove Blames Democrats
New York Times:
The War as We Saw It  —  VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal.  Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population.
TRANSCRIPT: The Democratic Debate  —  George Stephanopoulos Moderates Democratic Debate on a Special Edition of "This Week"  —  STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to this special edition of "This Week."  We're back here at Drake University in Iowa for the first Democratic presidential debate in Iowa.
Stephen Green / VodkaPundit:
Debate Drunkblogging — Live on Tape!  —  8:31am (All times Mountain) I'm ready to blog this thing.  I've had a banana for nourishment, and I have a tall Bloody Mary for, uh, further nourishment.  —  8:34am ABC News promised me a debate at 8:30, but my local station is running local sports and weather.
Discussion: Althouse
Dems Come out Swinging on Experience vs. New Vision
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Giuliani's Fox-y pal cash flap  —  It's no secret that Sean Hannity, the conservative Fox News commentator, has helped to raise Rudy Giuliani's profile - but now he's helped the former mayor raise money, too.  —  In a little noticed event this month, Hannity - co-host of Fox News' …
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Anyone who's seen Fox News knows its on-air personalities offer Republicans in-kind contributions with practically every broadcast.  Once in a while, though, they drop the pretense and make the support more direct. … Atrios' joke about calling a bloggers' ethics panel comes to mind....
Discussion: Eschaton
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Speaking of sanctuary, where's ours?  —  At the funeral of Iofemi Hightower, her classmate Mecca Ali wore a T-shirt with the slogan: "Tell Me Why They Had To Die."  —  "They" are Miss Hightower, Dashon Harvey and Terrance Aeriel, three young citizens of Newark, New Jersey …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Rudy plays the security card: ID for all tourists  —  EVERY foreigner in America, including British visitors, would be required to carry an ID card bearing photograph and fingerprints under plans drawn up by Rudolph Giuliani, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
Michael Skube / Los Angeles Times:
Blogs: All the noise that fits  —  The hard-line opinions on weblogs are no substitute for the patient fact-finding of reporters.  —  The late Christopher Lasch once wrote that public affairs generally and journalism in particular suffered not from too little information but from entirely too much.
The Independent:
Military commanders tell Brown to withdraw from Iraq without delay  —  Senior military commanders have told the Government that Britain can achieve "nothing more" in south-east Iraq, and that the 5,500 British troops still deployed there should move towards withdrawal without further delay.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
British forces useless in Basra, say officials
Discussion: ParaPundit and Reason Magazine
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
More Duplicity in the FISA Stampede  —  James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, the New York Times reporters who originally broke the warrantless domestic spying story, report further on the recent legislation gutting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Atrios / Eschaton:
There Aren't  —  Of course there are smart people, those we could call "experts," in any field and yes of course they're generally happier and more interested in talking to each other than to the rabble.  But AEI and EPI aren't two parts of an "economic policy clerisy."
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Seeing Is Believing  —  There's only one thing at this stage that would truly impress me, and it is this: proof that there is an Iraq.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Dohiyi Mir
Frank Rich / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: He Got Out While the Getting Was Good
The day reality hit home  —  The writer Andrew Anthony was a committed member of the liberal left - until the attacks of 11 September, 2001.  A veteran of CND and Nicaraguan solidarity campaigns, he was astonished at the liberal left's anti-American reaction.
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
The Founders Had an Idea for Handling Alberto Gonzales  —  William Belknap, Ulysses S. Grant's disgraced secretary of war, is experiencing a revival.  Impeached in 1876 for taking bribes, he has become the inspiration for a movement to remove Attorney General Alberto Gonzales from office.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Bench Memos
Mark Lilla / New York Times:
The Politics of God  —  I. "The Will of God Will Prevail"  —  The twilight of the idols has been postponed.  For more than two centuries, from the American and French Revolutions to the collapse of Soviet Communism, world politics revolved around eminently political problems.
Discussion: Hot Air
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BBC forced to removed 'bastard' slur about Jesus from its website
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 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Tripping On Crazy  —  Atrios has posted a YouTube of Tom Friedman …
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
When the Issue Is War, Take Nothing for Granted
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
A Deadly Clash at Donkey Island
Gail Martineau / The Columbus Dispatch:
Anti-gay activists crash worship services
The Corner:
The Muslim Jesus Cont'd
Climate protest 'will be contained'
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits
Discussion: Betsy's Page, The RBC and MoJoBlog