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8:25 PM ET, August 24, 2007

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Brian Baird / Seattle Times:
Our troops have earned more time  —  The invasion of Iraq may be one of the worst foreign-policy mistakes in the history of our nation.  As tragic and costly as that mistake has been, a precipitous or premature withdrawal of our forces now has the potential to turn the initial errors …
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Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol: Let's 'Stretch Our Army And Marines' For 'Another Year Or So' In Iraq  —  On Fox News this morning, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol said that the escalation in Iraq should be extended at least "another six months" or even "another year or so."
Los Angeles Times:
Top general to urge Iraq troop cut  —  Advice by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs poses a potential clash with supporters of the buildup.  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to advise President Bush to reduce the U.S. force in Iraq next year by almost half …
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Lost Year  —  A new national intelligence estimate concludes …
Val Prieto / Babalu Blog:
BREAKING: FIDEL CASTRO IS DEAD  —  My cellphone has not stopped ringing for the past ten minutes.  Various sources inform that an announcement will come within the next few minutes from the Cuban government on Cuban TV and media.  Stay tuned and we'll see if we've been manipulated once again …
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The Age:
Cuban FM dispels rumors about Castro  —  Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque today said President Fidel Castro was still recovering from his operation last year and was keeping busy, having personally instructed him on his visit to Brazil.  —  While attending the Forum …
Discussion: The American Pundit
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
HILL: TERROR WOULD BE GOP BOOST  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday raised the prospect of a terror attack before next year's election, warning that it could boost the GOP's efforts to hold on to the White House.  —  Discussing the possibility of a new nightmare assault while campaigning …
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The Atlantic Online:
Policy Failure: Good for the GOP?  —  This is, I think, a disaster: … Two points in response.  The first is that I think the Democrat best positioned to deal with GOP political mobilization in a post-attack environment is going to be the one who isn't reflexively inclined …
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Hoekstra says Iraq democracy strategy is doomed to fail  —  EAST LANSING - The U.S. effort to install a democracy in Iraq within three to five years was a flawed strategy with little chance of succeeding, U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra said Friday.  —  The Holland Republican said the Iraq government needs …
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Number of Iraqis Held by U.S. Is Swelling
Discussion: Booman Tribune and On Deadline
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE ANBAR AWAKENING....Josh Patashnik has other problems …
National Review Online:
Editors: The Democrats Counsel of Despair
Faiz / Think Progress:
White House Moving The Goal Posts On Escalation, Drops Demands For Iraqi Political Reconciliation  —  When President Bush announced the escalation on January 10, 2007, he claimed the purpose of adding more troops into Iraq's civil war was to enable political reconciliation:
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White House:   Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe
Christina Davidson / iraqslogger.com:
Fmr Bush Iraq Envoy Helping Undermine Maliki  —  As Bush Voices Support for the Iraqi PM, Republican Lobbyists Aid Top Maliki Foe  —  Republican lobbyists with close ties to the Bush administration are aiding and supporting the efforts of an Iraqi opposition leader who is calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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Janine Zacharia / Bloomberg:
Brzezinski Embraces Obama Over Clinton for President  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the most influential foreign-policy experts in the Democratic Party, threw his support behind Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, saying the Illinois senator has a better global grasp than his chief rival, Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: New York Times and Liberal Values
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PewResearch.org:
A Study in Contrasts: Clinton and Guiliani
Discussion: Washington Wire
Byron York / The Corner:
"The Aftermath of Saigon's Fall Is Rarely Dealt With At All."  —  An analysis of Vietnam strikingly similar to what we're hearing today, beginning with a discussion of Congress' 1975 decision to cut funding to the South Vietnamese: … The author: James Webb, now a Democratic senator from Virginia.
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Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:   Another Iraq-Vietnam Link: Many Killed By U.S. War
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Historian: Bush use of quote 'perverse'  —  A historian quoted by President Bush to help argue that critics of the administration's Iraq policy echo those who questioned the U.S. effort to bring democracy to Japan after World War II angrily distanced himself from the president's remarks Thursday.
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Liberal blogger targets 'Bush Dog' Dems  —  A leading liberal blogger has declared political war against centrist Democrats - the latest move in an intensifying show of dissatisfaction with the Democratic Congress by the once-friendly blogosphere.  —  Matt Stoller, who blogs …
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Vick case divides African-American leaders  —  NAACP rift reported over whether to support quarterback's reinstatement  —  The case against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has exposed a split within both the NAACP and the larger African-American community, as some activists condemn Vick's role …
The Raw Story:
CIA said to step up operations against Iran as hawks seek to tie Iraq bombs to Tehran  —  In an effort to build congressional and Pentagon support for military options against Iran, the Bush administration has shifted from its earlier strategy of building a case based on an alleged Iranian …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough OK With Wolf Equating Bushies With Nazis  —  Joe Scarborough prides himself on being an independent thinker.  Apparently that extends to not uttering a peep of protest, and indeed tending to concur, when a left-wing guest flatly accuses the Bush administration of using Nazi tactics to suppress democracy.
 
 
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ESPN:
Vick suspended indefinitely by NFL
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Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Congress: For Plane That Won't Fly, $63 Mil Is Enough
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
MORE ON BILL KRISTOL:  —  Over at National Review yesterday …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) On Approval Ratings, Talk Radio
Discussion: Heading Right
Atrios / Eschaton:
More and Better Democrats  —  Here's Darcy Burner on the FISA collapse.
David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Longtime Doolittle ally pulls support
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
White House defends US terror tribunals
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Faiz / Think Progress:
Shays Lashes Out: Congress Has 'A Harder Time Getting Along Than Sunnis And Shiites'
The Corner:
The Story of Vietnam
Discussion: Cadillac Tight
Cranmer:
Iraq and the genocide of Assyrian Christians
Discussion: theneweditor.com
Reuters:
China declares 'war' on tainted products
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
'To Old Times'  —  A toast to American troops, then and now.
New York Sun:
Incredible Shrinking Deficit, II
Josh White / Washington Post:
Haditha Investigator Urges Dropping of Marine's Case