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10:05 AM ET, August 23, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Clinton Maintains Expanded Lead for Democratic Nomination  —  Represents improved positioning over June, but similar to earlier in 2007  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds New York Senator Hillary Clinton's strengthened frontrunner status in the Democratic field …
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: Prairie Weather
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CNN:
U.S. officials rethink hopes for Iraq democracy
Discussion: Making Light, Hoffmania! and Wonkette
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.
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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.
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?
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Chasing The Boogeyman  —  In case anyone was wondering what kind …
Discussion: Jesus' General
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Luke Salkeld / Daily Mail:
How Miss Slackistan and the Burka Beauties fell foul of the racism zealots  —  It probably seemed like a good idea at the time.  Stuck for inspiration about what to wear at their village carnival, one group made a last-minute decision to dress up in mock Muslim burkas.
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.
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
Real Clear Politics:
A Calendar In Chaos  —  For both Democratic and Republican party officials, the 2008 nominating contest is not only about who they choose to seek the presidency, but about how, and when, that nominee is selected.  Increasingly, the how and when are creating a state of near-chaos as states jockey …
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 Volokh Conspiracy and The RBC
George F. Will / Washington Post:
What September Won't Settle  —  Come September, America might slip closer toward a Weimar moment.  It would be milder than the original but significantly disagreeable.  —  After the First World War, politics in Germany's new Weimar Republic were poisoned by the belief that the army …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Associated Press:
Police need a hand to find stolen limbs  —  CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Police are looking for a hand — well, actually an arm and a leg — in solving the theft of prosthetic limbs from a local business.  The prosthetic arm and leg were taken about a month ago from Tom Leisure Prosthetics in Clear Lake, police said.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
David Shuster Dismantles President Bush's Viet Nam Rhetoric  —  This evening on "Hardball" MSNBC's David Shuster started off the hour with a dead on debunking of President Bush's rhetoric from his speech earlier today in which proclaimed that a U.S. pullout in Iraq would have the same consequences as our withdrawal from Viet Nam.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Huffington Post:
Tammy Haddad Out As Chris Matthews EP
Discussion: Firedoglake and TVNewser
 
 
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Telegraph:
Britain's rising levels of gun crime
Media Matters for America:
Post, AP uncritically report anti-abortion activist's claim …
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Foreign Aid Groups Face Terror Screens
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Associated Press:
Putin's bare-chested photos set Russia abuzz
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Response to ever more from Andrew Sullivan
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Welcome To The New CQ!  —  As CQ readers have already surmised …
Amir Taheri / Gulf News:
Sarkozy 'corrects' Chirac's errors
The Atlantic Online:
Does torture work?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Audrey Hudson / Washington Times:
Imams drop 'John Doe' suit
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Sahil Patel / The Information:
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