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8:00 PM ET, August 23, 2007

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New York Times:
Report Cites Grave Concerns on Iraq's Government  —  The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will become "more precarious" over the next six months to a year, and while its security forces have improved they are not strong enough to operate without outside help …
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Peter Baker / Washington Post:
NIE: Iraq 'Unable to Govern' Itself Effectively  —  Iraq remains "unable to govern" itself effectively and hobbled by the absence of strong leadership, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's inability to broker political accord continues to make him vulnerable, according to a new U.S. intelligence report released today.
Satyam / Think Progress:
NIE: Violence To 'Remain High' In Iraq Over Next 'Six To Twelve Months'  —  Today, the Bush administration released an update to the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), entitled, "Prospects for Iraq's Stability: Some Security Progress but Political Reconciliation Elusive."
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Here Are the Key Judgments of the NIE (Sorry for the Long Post)  —  There have been measurable but uneven improvements in Iraq's security situation since our last National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq in January 2007.  The steep escalation of rates of violence has been checked for now …
Discussion: Wake up America
Horses Mouth:
Okay, it's admittedly not hard to have fun at Joe Lieberman's expense, but this one's too good to pass up.  —  This morning Lieberman and his chief flack Marshall Wittmann put out a press release containing Lieberman's usual attacks on Democrats over Iraq.  The duo faulted "Congressional critics" …
Discussion: Wake up America and Daily Kos
Associated Press:   Report Will Be Critical of Iraq Leader
Associated Press:
Fox-Backed Democrat Debate Called Off  —  Sept. 23 Debate Will Not Be Held; Major Candidates Had Been Planning To Skip  —  (AP) Fox News and a black political group say they will not hold a Sept. 23 Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, which the leading candidates already were planning to skip.
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USA Today:
Candidates snub Indian forum in Calif.
Discussion: QandO
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Poll: Majority Of Iowa Republicans Wants Out Of Iraq In Six Months
Discussion: Think Progress, MyDD and Open Left
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Two General Election Maps  —  Taking the most recent poll from each state in the country from sources like Polling Report, Rasmussen and Survey USA, I have been able to piece together maps showing the state by state general election between both Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, and also between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney.
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CNN:
Sen. Warner: Start bringing troops home by Christmas  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — One of the Senate's top Republicans has called on President Bush to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq by Christmas, telling reporters Thursday that a pullout was needed to spur Iraqi leaders to action.
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Rusty / The Jawa Report:
NYC Muslim Calls Korean Hostages "Terrorists", Smiles at thought of Daniel Pearl Style Beheading  —  American Muslim convert and New York City native Yousef al-Khattab outdoes himself and compares the Korean hostages to "terrorists" and suggests that because they are guilty of the "crime" …
New York Times:
Obscure Company Is Behind 9/11 Demolition Work  —  The John Galt Corporation of the Bronx, hired last year for the dangerous and complex job of demolishing the former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street, where two firefighters died last Saturday, has apparently never done any work like it.
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Juan Cole:
Military Coup Planned for Iraq?  —  A rumor is circulating among well-connected and formerly high-level Iraqi bureaucrats in exile in places like Damascus that a military coup is being prepared for Iraq.  I received the following from a reliable, knowledgeable contact.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining  —  The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal.  The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Senior DoJ Official Resigns from Civil Rights Post  —  Yet another resignation from the Justice Department.  Wan Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, announced today that he'll be leaving at the end of the month, according to a statement from the Justice Department.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Pajamas Media:
MANO A MANO: SPENCER V DERBYSHIRE  —  When Robert Spencer read John Derbyshire's "marvelously written and delightful to read" but "full of inconsistencies" review of his book, Religion of Peace?  —Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't, he promised Pajamas Media a response.  He has delivered.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
 
 
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Arizona Congressman Renzi to Retire
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Global warming dismissed by state officials
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Daily Show: Three Generations of "America to the Rescue"
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Giuliani hires controversial image firm
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Mexican Senate sides with mom deported from USA
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
George Bush Meets Graham Greene
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Associated Press:
Arizona School Suspends 13-Year-Old Boy for Drawing Gun
Matt / Think Progress:
Vitter Needs Only 10 Hours In Iraq To Declare 'The Surge Is Working Very, Very Well'
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Patrick Poole / Front Page Magazine:
CAIR Goes Back to School
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David Williams / Daily Mail:
Rough justice: 80 lashes for 'immoral' Iranian who abused alcohol and had sex
Atrios / Eschaton:
Today's Moment of Zen
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Associated Press:
Atlanta considers banning baggy pants
NY Daily News:
Obama Girl has Hil thrill
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Weimar President  —  His speech yesterday actually managed to shock.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
What September Won't Settle  —  Come September, America might …