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4:30 PM ET, August 21, 2007


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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   The Limbo Congress!  —  How low can you go?  Chubby Checker …
Jennifer Hunter / Chicago Sun Times:
Michelle gets stronger all the time  —  'I don't want my girls to live in a country based on fear'  —  Barack Obama often says that his wife, Michelle, is smarter than he is, stronger than he is, and gives better speeches than he does.  —  On a trip to Iowa last week, Michelle was a firebrand …
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Spokesman Denies Michelle's Speech Was Attack On Hillary
Discussion: The Corner and The Atlantic Online
Fred Barnes / Opinion Journal:
Can the GOP Make a Comeback?  —  The recipe for Republicans is to stop acting like, well, Republicans—that is, Republicans of recent vintage.  —  It's not particularly visible at the moment, but there is a road to political recovery for Republicans.  Chances are they won't get far enough …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
9/11 TRUTHERS GUT PUNCHED BY HISTORY CHANNEL  —  In what will surely be seen as a defining moment for the 9/11 truther movement, the History Channel has delivered a blow for sanity and rationalism by airing a superior documentary entitled 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Party Of Tolerance  —  How desperate are Louisiana Democrats to hold onto power?  They're about to air a television ad attacking the leading Republican candidate for governor for his religious views.  The TV spots will accuse Bobby Jindal of being anti-Protestant (via Bryan at Hot Air):
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Corner and Hot Air
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Louisiana Governor: Backlash Anyone?
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Report: CIA Director Unprepared for al-Qaeda Threat  —  Former CIA Director George Tenet failed to lead a strategic effort against al-Qaeda before the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency's inspector general concluded in a long-classified report released today.  —  The report, which Congress ordered …
New York Times:
Tenet's C.I.A. Unprepared for Qaeda Threat, Report Says
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
U.S. Foreclosures Rise Sharply in July  —  U.S. Foreclosures Rise Sharply in July With Nev., Ga. and Mich. Accounting for Highest Rates  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foreclosure filings rose 9 percent from June to July and surged 93 percent over the same period last year, with Nevada …
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
Foreclosures Surge - Who Could Have Predicted?
Discussion: Eschaton and Shakespeare's Sister
The Daily Green:
Hurricane Dean: 1 Of 10 Most Intense Atlantic Hurricanes Ever Measured  —  Early this morning Hurricane Dean, after mercilessly intensifying over deep warm waters in the western Caribbean, slammed the Yucatan Peninsula around Chetumal as a Category 5 hurricane with winds upwards of 165 miles per hour …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Are Democrats really so lame?  —  Republicans are on the ropes, but yet another mainstream media star says it's Democrats who are in trouble, thanks to Bush-hating bloggers and billionaires.  Here we go again.  —  The Republican Party is the least respected institution in the U.S today …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
For Wall Street's Math Brains, Miscalculations  —  Complex Formulas Used by 'Quant' Funds Didn't Add Up in Market Downturn  —  They are the powerful, cerebral and offstage actors of Wall Street, but the recent turmoil in the financial markets has yanked them into the light.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
DOD 'Talon' Database Declawed  —  The Quakers can sleep easier.  This morning, the Pentagon announced that it's canceling a database created to monitor threats to Defense Department installations in the U.S. that ended up compiling lists of citizens engaged in peaceful, constitutionally-protected protest speech.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Guest Post - Who's Killing The Clerics Of Najaf?  —  Eric Martin is one of the smartest Foreign Policy writers in blogtopia, so when a report on a string of murders in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf came up on our radar, we asked him to analyze the implications.  Below is his answer.
Daniel Trotta / Reuters:
Bloomberg says won't run for president  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he cannot win the U.S. presidency and won't run, the strongest statement to date about his intentions for the 2008 presidential race.  —  Bloomberg previously had said he had no plans to run …
Discussion: Ed
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Caped Crusader From Vermont  —  "Sen. Patrick Leahy has a part in the next Batman movie."  — Associated Press, Aug. 19.  —  "Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) holds a media availability on the deadline for subpoenas for documents relating to the ... Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program."
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nellie Andreeva / Reuters:
Time right for Garofalo on "24"  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The political left and the political right will join forces on Fox's "24" this coming season.  Janeane Garofalo, an outspoken liberal, is set to co-star on the conservative-leaning real-time drama, whose co-creator/executive …
Michael J. Totten:
How to Spy in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD - American soldiers arrived in Iraq in 2003 with not much of a plan and little idea what to expect.  The Iraqi government, military, and police were overthrown and disbanded under de-Baathification.  Most Iraqis who knew how to run the country were either sent home or imprisoned.
Discussion: NonParty Politics
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
What Presidents Don't Know
Discussion: TalkLeft
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
UPDATED: ES&S to Face Millions in Fines, Possible Decertification …
Discussion: Calitics
John Podhoretz / The Corner:
New Horror from the Director of 'Silence of the Lambs'
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Jerry McNerney / Jerry McNerney's Blog:
Setting the record straight on Iraq
Sam Boyd / American Prospect:
The group blog of The American Prospect
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Faiz / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon: Soldiers Of The 82nd Airborne 'May Have Been Taking A Slight Poke' At Me
Nan Aron / Washington Post:
An Unjust Judge  —  To understand the furor over President …
Scott Gutierrez / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
FBI seeks help identifying 2 men seen aboard ferries
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Our main goal: Freedom in Cuba
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