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8:10 PM ET, August 20, 2007


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FEC Complaint filed against Fred Thompson  —  Fred Thompson is breaking the law and it's time somebody did something about it.  So, this morning, I filed an FEC Complaint against him.  For far too long, he has been ignoring the letter and spirit of Federal Election Law for his own political benefit.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Thompson faces election complaint  —  WASHINGTON - A liberal blogger has filed a federal complaint against former Sen. Fred Thompson, the actor and unannounced Republican candidate for president, accusing him of violating election laws as he ponders his entry into the race.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Is Fred Thompson Skirting Election Law?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mike Phelan / CNN:
Report: Vick agrees to plea deal, prison possible  —  (CNN) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison, ending a federal dogfighting prosecution that jeopardizes his pro football career, a Virginia newspaper is reporting.
Vick faces prison time after agreeing to plead guilty  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Michael Vick's lawyer said Monday the NFL star will plead guilty to charges relating to a federal dogfighting case, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a prison term.
Fox News:
Vick Attorney Says Star Quarterback Will Plead Guilty in Dogfighting Case  —  The lead attorney for pro football star Michael Vick said Monday that the Atlanta Falcons quarterback will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, putting the NFL player's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a possible prison term.
National Review:
Petraeus To Testify Before the Senate on September 11; McCain Launching 'No Surrender Tour'  —  Highlights from the McCain Campaign's Conference Call:  —  Headline one: McCain says he has been told General Petraeus will be testifying before the Senate on September 11.  (!?)
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Sen. Sam Nunn weighs run for White House  —  Sam Nunn left the U.S. Senate more than 10 years ago.  —  Since then, the Georgia Democrat, who made his name nationally as a defense-minded hawk, has watched what's happened to the country, and he's more than a bit ticked — at the …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Sam Nunn Mulls Presidential Bid on Unity08 Ticket
Discussion: BartBlog
Congressman Charged for Assault At Dulles  —  ABC 7 has learned the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have charged Representative Robert Filner of California with assault and battery following an incident at Dulles International Airport Sunday night.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Leahy: Cheney Told GOP-Led Congress It Was 'Not Allowed To Issue Subpoenas'  —  Today in a press briefing, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) revealed that the White House had missed its 2:30 PM deadline to turn over documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding legal justifications …
CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT TAKES CENTER STAGE IN COVERAGE  —  A Quarterly Report of the PEJ News Coverage Index  —  MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CAMPAIGN RISES, WAR COVERAGE FALLS, DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2007  —  The 2008 Presidential campaign—with its crowded field and accelerated timetable …
Discussion: Romenesko and TIME: Swampland
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Talk radio helped sink immigration reform
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Hot Air
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lieberman Shrugs Off Failed Iraq Predictions, Now Claims 'Road To Victory' Goes Through Syria  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) writes today in the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. "road to victory" in Iraq goes through Damascus, and urges Congress to "send a clear and unambiguous message to the Syrian regime":
Bears eat man at beer festival  —  BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) — A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during the annual beer festival.  —  The man was found naked, with his clothes lying intact inside the cage.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Schlozman Leaves Justice Department  —  Bradley Schlozman, a former Justice Department official who was at the center of the U.S. attorneys scandal and is under investigation by the Departments inspector general for his alleged efforts to politicize the Civil Rights Division, has finally left his post at the Department.
This Is London:
BBC DROPS FICTIONAL TERROR ATTACK TO AVOID OFFENDING MUSLIMS  —  The BBC has dropped plans to show a fictional terror attack in an episode of Casualty to avoid offending Muslims.  —  The first show of the hospital drama's new series was to have featured a storyline about an explosion caused by Islamic extremists.
Chris / TVNewser:
Countdown On NBC  —  Countdown with Keith Olbermann is getting a tryout on NBC.  The NYTimes reports, Countdown will air before NBC's broadcast of this Sunday's pre-season game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.  Says NBC SVP Phil Griffin, "The world has changed …
Michael Howard / Guardian:
Kurds flee homes as Iran shells Iraqi villages  —  Iraqi Kurdish officials expressed deepening concern yesterday at an upsurge in fierce clashes between Kurdish guerrillas and Iranian forces in the remote border area of north-east Iraq, where Tehran has recently deployed thousands of Revolutionary Guards.
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Sens. Warner and Levin Travel to Iraq, Praise Surge Results
John Markoff / New York Times:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
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Grapes of Wrath Return
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Thompson loses press aide
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The rigid pro-war ideology of the foreign policy community
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Rove Talks: If Mistakes Were Made, They Weren't His
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