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10:05 PM ET, August 23, 2007

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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.
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Report Raises Strong Doubt About Iraqi Government  —  A stark assessment released today by the nation's intelligence agencies depicts a paralyzed Iraqi government unable to take advantage of the security gains achieved by the thousands of extra American troops dispatched to the country this year.
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: Daily Kos and Wake up America
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Here Are the Key Judgments of the NIE (Sorry for the Long Post)
Discussion: Wake up America
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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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Poll: Majority Of Iowa Republicans Wants Out Of Iraq In Six Months
USA Today:
Candidates snub Indian forum in Calif.
Discussion: QandO
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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Faiz / Think Progress:
Sen. Warner Calls On President Bush To Begin Iraq Withdrawal In September  —  Sen. John Warner (R-VA), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently returned from a visit to Iraq.  Today, he held a press conference to discuss his impressions from that trip.
James L. / Swing State Project:
AZ-01: Under Fire, Renzi Will Retire  —  With the retirements of Reps. Hastert (IL-14), Pryce (OH-15), and Pickering (MS-03) last week, the Republican caucus has been bracing itself for more surprises.  Today brings another retirement: embattled Rep. Rick Renzi (AZ-01).  From Roll Call:
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:   Arizona Congressman Renzi to Retire
CNN Political Ticker:
Arizona Republican congressman to retire
Discussion: The Politico
John Edwards for President:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: "To Build One America, End the Game"  —  Hanover, New Hampshire  —  August 23, 2007  —  This election is unlike any we have faced before.  The stakes are higher.  And the challenges we face as a nation are greater than at any time in memory.
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" …
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.
Al Baker / New York Times:
New Construction Accident at the Deutsche Bank Building  —  A piece of construction equipment fell from the scaffolding surrounding the troubled, partly demolished Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan at 1:54 p.m. today, injuring two firefighters, according to city officials.
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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.
Associated Press:
Mexican Senate sides with mom deported from USA  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican Senate committee passed a measure Wednesday urging President Felipe Calderon to send a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the deportation of an illegal migrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year.
Discussion: Hot Air and The American Pundit
Associated Press:
Arizona School Suspends 13-Year-Old Boy for Drawing Gun  —  MESA, Arizona — Officials at an Arizona school suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.  —  The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Why America's Pullout From Vietnam Worked  —  The truth behind Bush's mangling of Cold War history.  —  The Soviet Union was in its final days of existence when I visited Vietnam in late December of 1991.  The cold war was about to end forever with the collapse of one of the two adversaries that had kept it going for 40-odd years.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Today's Moment of Zen  —  Serious!  —  ...this is from May 30, 2003, about 2.5 months after the war started.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Reason Magazine
 
 
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William Shawcross / Spectator:
Now, more than ever, Britain must stay in Iraq
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
Gregory / The Belgravia Dispatch:
"IT'S AN AWFUL MESS"
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Bizarre message discipline at the NHTSA
Discussion: New York Times and Angry Bear
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Senior DoJ Official Resigns from Civil Rights Post
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Global warming dismissed by state officials
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: Three Generations of "America to the Rescue"
Discussion: The Impolitic
Associated Press:
Giuliani hires controversial image firm
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
George Bush Meets Graham Greene
Discussion: Alternate Brain
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Vitter Needs Only 10 Hours In Iraq To Declare 'The Surge Is Working Very, Very Well'
Discussion: WBRZ-TV and MoJoBlog
Patrick Poole / Front Page Magazine:
CAIR Goes Back to School
Discussion: Right Voices and Atlas Shrugs
USA Today:
Giuliani out to win a state 'made for him'
Pajamas Media:
MANO A MANO: SPENCER V DERBYSHIRE
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
VDH Responds  —  The riposte is a little sad, really.
Associated Press:
Atlanta considers banning baggy pants
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Weimar President  —  His speech yesterday actually managed to shock.