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5:45 PM ET, August 22, 2007

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Washington Post:
Democrats Refocus Message on Iraq After Military Gains  —  Democratic leaders in Congress had planned to use August recess to raise the heat on Republicans to break with President Bush on the Iraq war.  Instead, Democrats have been forced to recalibrate their own message in the face …
New York Times:
Bush Warns of Carnage if U.S. Leaves Iraq  —  With a tough battle with Congress over the future of the war expected to come in September, President Bush offered a rousing defense of his Iraq policy today, declaring that he envisions an American victory there and asserting that a hasty withdrawal …
Los Angeles Times:
Bush to cite Vietnam in defense of Iraq  —  The president plans to argue in a speech to veterans today that a U.S. withdrawal had dire results in Asia.  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Critics of the war in Iraq who compare the conflict to Vietnam have the analogy backward, President Bush plans to tell veterans in a speech today.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Many Democrats Wrong on Iraq, Again
The New / New York Times:
Group to Urge War Support
Discussion: Hot Air and Open Left
Agence France Presse:
Most US adults in the dark about world politics  —  Two-thirds of US adults admit to being in the dark about political issues outside the United States, and only a third are well-versed in US politics, the results of a poll published Tuesday showed.  —  Candidates in the US presidential primaries …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Romney Encounters More Core Opposition Than Clinton  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has finally surpassed New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the polls.  Unfortunately for Romney, it's a poll measuring the number of people committing to vote against him.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Victor Davis Hanson, Fabulist
Discussion: The Corner
Irenep / Michael Yon:
The Ghosts of Anbar, Part 1 of 4  —  The Ghosts of Anbar  —  Part One: The Paradox of Counterinsurgency … To know a man, follow his tracks.  —  Anbar Province  —  June, 2007  —  Iraq and this part of the world are complicated in the way, and by the way, that dysfunction always is "complicated."
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Has Maliki Ended The Insurgency?
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
Gallup Poll:
Gallup Poll Review: Karl Rove's Assertions About Hillary Clinton  —  High unfavorables unusual, but not necessarily a fatal flaw  —  PRINCETON, NJ — White House adviser Karl Rove — who announced he would be leaving his post at the end of August — has during the last week made a number …
Matthew Yi / San Francisco Chronicle:
Field Poll shows Californians lean toward dividing electoral votes  —  (08-21) 04:00 PDT Sacramento —  California voters are inclined to support a proposed ballot initiative that would change how the Golden State allocates its electoral votes in presidential campaigns …
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Boy, 5, doused in gas, set on fire by masked men  —  Editor's note: CNN agreed not to use the full names of the mother and son in this article due to concern for their safety.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Five-year-old Youssif is scarred for life, his once beautiful smile turned …
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
BRUNO: STONE HAS RESIGNED (UPDATED)  —  That was fast.  —  In a just-released statement, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno called the Roger Stone phone call flap "a distraction from the real issues - the abuse of government power, political espionage and a cover-up of information," …
Multi-National Force:
Citizen sacrifices life to thwart suicide bomber  —  Multi-National Corps - Iraq  —  Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory  —  APO AE 09342  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  RELEASE No. 20070821-05  —  Citizen sacrifices life to thwart suicide bomber  —  Multi-National Division - Center PAO
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Wake up America
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Step One in The Bush Dog Campaign: Creating a Public Record  —  I'm hearing more and more frequently a sense of rage with the Democratic leadership in Congress.  From failing to stop the war to expanding Bush's wiretapping authority, the swing vote of conservative Democrats in the House …
 
 
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