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11:10 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 …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Nuanced ABCNews Headline: IRAQ LIKE VIETNAM... BUSH'S NEW TALKING POINT AS 14 AMERICANS DIE Update: Now Changed... But Screencaps Are Forever  —  The newsroom is a sacred, magical place where unhinged partisanship never intrudes into actual reportage.  —  Except when it does.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Why would Bush cite 'The Quiet American'?  —  In his speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City today, President Bush summoned up the Alden Pyle CIA agent character of Graham Greene's classic Vietnam novel "The Quiet American" which is essentially a contemplation on the road …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Democrats blast Bush's Vietnam comparison
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberty Pundit
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush uses Vietnam as an excuse for Iraq: Evokes Graham Greene
Discussion: Democracy Now
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
David Shuster Dismantles President Bush's Viet Nam Rhetoric
Discussion: TalkLeft
Huffington Post:
Tammy Haddad Out As Chris Matthews EP
Discussion: TVNewser
Chris Roberts / El Paso Times:
Transcript: Debate on the foreign intelligence surveillance act  —  The following is the transcript of a question and answer session with National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell.  —  Question: How much has President Bush or members of his administration formed your response to the FISA debate?
Discussion: Wake up America and Corrente
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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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Response to ever more from Andrew Sullivan  —  The last time I had a run-in with the frenetic Andrew Sullivan was in front of an audience at Columbia University.  There while loudly renouncing his former support for invading Iraq, he accused me of supporting government-sponsored torture …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Victor Davis Hanson, Fabulist
Channel '08:
Ad Wars Heat Up Ahead of 'Surge' Report  —  Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to begin testifying on Capitol Hill about the troop surge strategy on Sept. 11, exactly six years since the attacks in New York and Washington.  Several anti- and pro-war- groups are spending money this month …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
CNN Softballs Bob Murray...What about those documents?  —  This interview is one of the reasons why America is so uninformed about serious issues in our country.  Kyra Phillips is really engaged in the Utah mining disaster and has a genuine passion about the story, but instead of asking …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Has Maliki Ended The Insurgency?  —  Earlier today, the Italian news service AKI reported that the presumed leader of the largest insurgency in Iraq will start cooperating with the Iraqi government.  Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, one of the highest-ranking members of Saddam Hussein's government …
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Irenep / Michael Yon:
The Ghosts of Anbar, Part 1 of 4
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
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 …
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 …
Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
Experts tie pigeon dung, bridge collapse  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Pounded and strained by heavy traffic and weakened by missing bolts and cracking steel, the failed interstate bridge over the Mississippi River also faced a less obvious enemy: pigeons.  —  Inspectors began documenting the buildup …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
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 …
Amir Taheri / Gulf News:
Sarkozy 'corrects' Chirac's errors  —  One of the key promises that Nicolas Sarkozy had made during his presidential election campaign last spring was to "correct" foreign policy "mistakes" made by his predecessor Jacques Chirac.  —  Chief among these was Chirac's desperate efforts to prevent …
Discussion: Gay Patriot and Neptunus Lex
 
 
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Associated Press:
Putin's bare-chested photos set Russia abuzz
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Welcome To The New CQ!  —  As CQ readers have already surmised …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Blowback: The journalism that bloggers actually do...
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Monica Guzman / The Big Blog:
Tuesday's Daily Haiku was a bad call
The Atlantic Online:
Does torture work?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Susanne Cervenka / Florida Today:
Allen says he sought security of KSC guard post
Think Progress:
Gen. Batiste's Op-Ed That The WSJ And The Washington Times Didn't Want You To See
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Imams drop 'John Doe' suit
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Tagaris / Chris Dodd for President:
ESPAÑOL  —  Senator Dodd Responds to Candidates' Reactions to the Surge
Discussion: Daily Kos and Eschaton
Kathy Barks Hoffman / Associated Press:
Michigan senate votes to move primary up
ABCNEWS:
Romney Muddles Abortion Stance
Discussion: The Corner
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Democrats' Purity Primary
Multi-National Force:
Citizen sacrifices life to thwart suicide bomber
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney Encounters More Core Opposition Than Clinton
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
BRUNO: STONE HAS RESIGNED (UPDATED)