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11:25 AM ET, August 23, 2007


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New York Times:
Report Cites Grave Concerns on Iraq's Government  —  The administration is planning to make public today parts of a sober new report by American intelligence agencies expressing deep doubts that the government of the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, can overcome sectarian differences.
New York Times:
'Free Iraq' Is Within Reach, Bush Declares  —  President Bush delivered a rousing defense of his Iraq policy on Wednesday, telling a group of veterans that "a free Iraq" is within reach and warning that if Americans succumb to "the allure of retreat," they will witness death and suffering of the sort not seen since the Vietnam War.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Historians Question Bush's Reading of Lessons of Vietnam War for Iraq  —  The American withdrawal from Vietnam is widely remembered as an ignominious end to a misguided war — but one with few negative repercussions for the United States and its allies.  —  Now, in urging Americans to stay …
Rep. John Murtha / The Huffington Post:
The American People will not Accept Patience
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Romney Struggles to Define Abortion Stance  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said this week that as president he would allow individual states to keep abortion legal, two weeks after telling a national television audience that he supports a constitutional amendment to ban the procedure nationwide.
New York Times:
Militias Seizing Control of Iraqi Electricity Grid  —  Armed groups increasingly control the antiquated switching stations that channel electricity around Iraq, the electricity minister said Wednesday.  —  That is dividing the national grid into fiefs that, he said, often refuse …
Discussion: Three Wise Men and Prairie Weather
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
August 23, 2007 - Clinton Up Among Pennsylvania Dems As Obama Fades, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Romney Eats Into Thompson Support With Republicans  —  New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has jumped to a 30-point lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama among Pennsylvania Democrats …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Did Clinton Lie About Targeting Bin Laden?  —  It appears that Bill Clinton may have exaggerated his record when it came to strategizing against Osama bin Laden.  Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball take a look at the Inspector General's report of the pre-9/11 intelligence failures at the CIA and find an interesting nugget.
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.
Discussion: The RBC and The Volokh Conspiracy
Amanda Ripley / Time:
Behind Giuliani's Tough Talk  —  Islamic terrorists are at war with us," Rudy Giuliani told about 300 people at a synagogue in Rockville, Md., one evening in July.  He likes to say it that way—that they are at war with us, not the other way around. "  They want to kill us," he warned a group in New Hampshire the same month. "
Discussion: Daily Pundit and TIME: Swampland
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Andrew Sullivan to Marry; Clemons to Guest Blog  —  Recently I spent a few days up in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the very point of Cape Cod and connected with some people and ideas that moved my soul and mind forward a few notches.  —  First, I spent some quality time with Andrew Sullivan …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Response to ever more from Andrew Sullivan
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
Furor Over Religion in La. Gov's Race  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A political ad from the Louisiana governor's race is drawing a storm of criticism for accusing Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal of calling Protestants "scandalous, depraved, selfish and heretical."
Discussion: BizzyBlog and
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
White House Declares Office Off-Limits  —  Administrator of Missing E-Mails Not Subject to Open-Records Law, It Says  —  The Bush administration argued in court papers this week that the White House Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act as part of its effort …
The Atlantic Online:
Animals rights  —  As long time readers know, I'm, well, crunchy-ish.  I make my own yogurt, I fret about global warming, and I only eat certified humane meat.  I don't care about killing farm animals, but I do think that their lives, however long they are, should be worth living on sheepish or piggy or . . . er . . . cowese terms.
David McCumber / The Big Blog:
A ferry captain, the FBI and Benjamin Franklin  —  I certainly have plenty of feedback to consider from the ferry photo issue as we go forward.  —  I understand that people have a hard time with the concept that we get to decide what is news and what isn't, and what is fair and what isn't.
New Jersey Online:
AG: Cops must ask suspects for immigration status … Attorney General Anne Milgram today ordered all local police officers in New Jersey to inquire about the immigration status of suspects charged with serious crimes, and to notify federal immigration authorities if there is reason to believe the suspect is in the country illegally.
Grace Rauh / New York Sun:
Obama Opportunity in Brooklyn Is Seen  —  Senator Clinton may have a home field advantage over Senator Obama, but the presidential hopeful from Illinois doesn't appear ready to cede any New York City turf just yet, especially in Brooklyn.  —  During a swing through the city yesterday …
Discussion: Obama HQ and MSNBC
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
Armored Trucks' Delivery Delayed
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Real Clear Politics:
A Calendar In Chaos
George F. Will / Washington Post:
What September Won't Settle  —  Come September, America might …
Joe Tobacco / Cadillac Tight:
OpenLeft directs netroots fire at conservative Democrats
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The Venezuelan Tuna Caper
Discussion: Babalu Blog and Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Police need a hand to find stolen limbs
Britain's rising levels of gun crime
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How Miss Slackistan and the Burka Beauties fell foul of the racism zealots
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Democracy and Unipolarity  —  Jack Snyder, Robert Shapiro …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
CBS Was Warned on 'Kid Nation,' Documents Show
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Foreign Aid Groups Face Terror Screens
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Amir Taheri / Gulf News:
Sarkozy 'corrects' Chirac's errors
Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
Experts tie pigeon dung, bridge collapse