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9:25 PM ET, August 21, 2007


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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 …
Associated Press:
CIA watchdog faults agency on 9/11  —  Agency watchdog says officials lacked comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida  —  WASHINGTON - The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaida and missed crucial opportunities to thwart …
New York Times:
Statement by George J. Tenet on C.I.A. Report
Discussion: The Raw Story and Danger Room
New York Times:
Tenet's C.I.A. Unprepared for Qaeda Threat, Report Says
Discussion: Prairie Weather and RADAMISTO
Kate O'Beirne / The Corner:   CIA Fights Accountability
Kevin Whitelaw / US News:
CIA Releases Harsh Internal Report on 9/11 Failures
Fred File:
A New York State of Mind  —  When I was working in television, I spent quite a bit of time in New York City.  There are lots of things about the place I like, but New York gun laws don't fall in that category.  —  Anybody who knows me knows I've always cared deeply about the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Alex Mooney / CNN:
Romney blasts 'sanctuary cities'
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Rudy and Fred scrap a bit
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval Rating Matches Historical Low  —  Just 18% approve of job Congress is doing  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds Congress' approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974.
Associated Press:
Pentagon to shut controversial database  —  Anti-terror program criticized for storing information on peaceful protesters  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an anti-terror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat.
Discussion: Think Progress
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
CAIR blames Justice for its troubles  —  The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it is suffering from a decline in membership and fundraising and blames the Justice Department for listing it as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case involving a charity accused of terrorist ties.
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 …
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.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Book Chief: Conservatives Want Slogans  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Liberals read more books than conservatives.  The head of the book publishing industry's trade group says she knows why—and there's little flattering about conservative readers in her explanation.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
G.O.P. Consultant Accused of Threatening Spitzer's Father  —  Lawyers representing Gov. Eliot Spitzer's 83-year-old father, Bernard Spitzer, say a prominent political consultant who has been working for State Senate Republicans threatened the elder Mr. Spitzer this month in an anonymous, invective-laced phone message.
Nan Aron / Washington Post:
An Unjust Judge  —  To understand the furor over President Bush's nomination of Leslie Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, one should start with the Goode family of Mississippi.  —  A propane heater exploded in their house, killing their granddaughter.  The Goodes sued the manufacturer.
Arctic August: NYC Sets Record For Coldest Day  —  High Of 59 Degrees Ties Chilliest August High Set In 1911  —  Featured Slideshows:  —  (CBS) NEW YORK Don't forget to bundle up if you're headed out in New York City today.  After all, it is August 21.  —  The city along with the rest …
Discussion: and Daily Pundit
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
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 …
Spiegel Online:
Norway's Moose Population in Trouble for Belching  —  The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of methane a year — equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.
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Associated Press:
Young, white Americans are happier
Discussion: Liberty Pundit
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Bush is 'soft on lead'
New York Times:
Iran Releases Iranian-American Scholar on Bail
New York Times:
Despite 'Frustration,' Bush Plans New Defense of Iraq War
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
Chairman Waxman on "Asset Deployment"
The Atlantic Online:
I fear you may have misunderstood me  —  One of my commenters demands:
Discussion: The RBC
USA Today:
Dem freshmen get fundraising burst
Geoffrey Gray / New York Magazine:
The New McCain Gang Still Paying Bills
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
UPDATED: ES&S to Face Millions in Fines, Possible Decertification …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon: Soldiers Of The 82nd Airborne 'May Have Been Taking A Slight Poke' At Me
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Scott Gutierrez / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
FBI seeks help identifying 2 men seen aboard ferries
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
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