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9:15 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.
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.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Democrats blast Bush's Vietnam comparison  —  Democrats Wednesday strongly rejected President Bush's comparison of the Vietnam War to the conflict in Iraq, saying that drawing parallels is inaccurate and irresponsible.  —  Bush, in a speech to the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars …
Discussion: Think Progress and Liberty Pundit
Frank James / The Swamp:   Why would Bush cite 'The Quiet American'?
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Bush uses Vietnam as an excuse for Iraq: Evokes Graham Greene
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: Corrente
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
McConnell: FISA Debate Will Kill Americans
Discussion: Think Progress and The Next Hurrah
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:   Victor Davis Hanson, Fabulist
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
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 …
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 …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Many Democrats Wrong on Iraq, Again
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Did changes in Crandall Canyon mining plan boost cave-in risks?  —  Robert Murray insists that his company did not change the mining plan at Crandall Canyon after purchasing a joint interest in the mine last August.  —  But documents obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune clearly contradict Murray's assertion …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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The Atlantic Online:
Does torture work?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
Experts tie pigeon dung, bridge collapse
Huffington Post:
Tammy Haddad Out As Chris Matthews EP
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TVNewser
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Romney Muddles Abortion Stance
Discussion: The Corner
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Democrats' Purity Primary
Michael B. Mukasey / Opinion Journal:
Jose Padilla Makes Bad Law
Discussion: The Corner and Balloon Juice
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Truth-in-Lending Disclosure Failure Leads to Mortgage becoming "UnSecured"
The New / New York Times:
Group to Urge War Support
Daphne Retter / The Hill:
Senate earmark battle turns very personal
Discussion: Right Voices and Wonkette
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Associated Press:
New poll finds Napolitano would best McCain in Senate race