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7:40 PM ET, August 22, 2007

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White House:
President Bush Attends Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention, Discusses War on Terror  —  Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Center  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  Please be seated.  It's good to be with you again.  I understand you haven't had much of a problem attracting speakers.
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New York Times:
Citing Vietnam, 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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
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.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Democrats blast Bush's Vietnam comparison
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberty Pundit
CNN:
Bush to invoke Vietnam in arguing against Iraq pullout
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 …
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Many Democrats Wrong on Iraq, Again
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Sub-Standard  —  IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE that, not so long ago, neoconservative foreign policy thinking overflowed with ideas and idealism.  The descent has been steep, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the pages of The Weekly Standard—particularly in William Kristol's editorials …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   Victor Davis Hanson, Fabulist
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
McConnell: FISA Debate Will Kill Americans  —  With a heavy heart, Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told a Texas newspaper last week that due to the public debate over revising the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Americans will die.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Next Hurrah
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Chris Roberts / El Paso Times:   Transcript: Debate on the foreign intelligence surveillance act
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bolton: I 'Absolutely' Hope The U.S. Will Attack Iran In The Next 'Six Months'  —  Yesterday, Raw Story pointed out that former CIA operative Bob Baer told Fox News that the Bush administration will likely attack Iran in the coming months.  "Iran policy is on close hold …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Brian Beutler
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
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.
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Embattled Bush Official Resigns Justice Post  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Facing multiple investigations, a senior Justice Department appointee has resigned his post.  —  Bradley Schlozman stepped down from his position as a counsel in the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys …
ABCNEWS:
Romney Muddles Abortion Stance  —  Republican Contender Once Again Favors States on Abortion Rights  —  Mitt Romney has once again changed his position on whether states should be allowed to retain abortion rights.  —  Two weeks after indicating to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on …
Discussion: The Corner
 
 
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Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Imams drop 'John Doe' suit
Tim Tagaris / Chris Dodd for President:
ESPAÑOL  —  Senator Dodd Responds to Candidates' Reactions to the Surge
Discussion: Eschaton
Kathy Barks Hoffman / Associated Press:
Michigan senate votes to move primary up
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Did changes in Crandall Canyon mining plan boost cave-in risks?
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Democrats' Purity Primary
Michael B. Mukasey / Opinion Journal:
Jose Padilla Makes Bad Law
Discussion: The Corner
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Truth-in-Lending Disclosure Failure Leads to Mortgage becoming "UnSecured"
Discussion: SCSUScholars
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Step One in The Bush Dog Campaign: Creating a Public Record
Daphne Retter / The Hill:
Senate earmark battle turns very personal
Discussion: Wonkette
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
BRUNO: STONE HAS RESIGNED (UPDATED)
Associated Press:
New poll finds Napolitano would best McCain in Senate race
Toronto Star:
Police accused of using provocateurs at summit
Los Angeles Times:
Not so fast, Christian soldiers
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
White House Manual Details How to Deal With Protesters