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6:45 AM ET, August 24, 2007

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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" …
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Washington Post:
Warner Calls for Pullouts By Winter  —  GOP Senator Suggests Move Would Prod Iraq  —  Sen. John W. Warner, one of the most influential Republican voices in Congress on national security, called on President Bush yesterday to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq in time for Christmas …
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: Liberal Values, MyDD and Open Left
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
Bush's Vietnam Blunder  —  Desperate presidents resort to desperate rhetoric — which then calls new attention to their desperation.  President Bush joined the club this week by citing the U.S. failure in Vietnam to justify staying on in Iraq.  —  Bush's comparison of the two conflicts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RADAMISTO
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Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Bush's Risky Vietnam Gambit
New York Times:
More Iraqis Are Said to Flee Since Troop Increase  —  The number of Iraqis fleeing their homes has soared since the American troop increase began in February, according to data from two humanitarian groups, accelerating the partition of the country into sectarian enclaves.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Arizona's Rep. Rick Renzi to Retire  —  WASHINGTON — Three-term Rep. Rick Renzi, an Arizona Republican facing a federal inquiry into his family's insurance business, said Thursday he will not seek re-election next year.  Renzi becomes the fifth GOP House member in recent weeks to announce retirement plans …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Arizona Republican congressman to retire
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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.
Mark Thompson / Guardian:
The BBC has squandered trust.  But we will win it back  —  Only the deluded would deny that public faith has been gravely damaged.  To repair it, we must build on existing values  —  'We have had no end of a lesson; it will do us no end of good.  " That was Kipling's verdict on the British and the Boer war.
Discussion: Tim Worstall and USS Neverdock
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.
Seattle Times:
FBI's release of ferry passenger photos resented  —  For Arabs and Muslims across the Puget Sound area, a rise in the nation's threat level or a bombing halfway around the world often can mark a period of unease.  —  In the years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, leaders in that community …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: Three Generations of "America to the Rescue"  —  In perhaps the most brilliant segment on "The Daily Show" I've ever seen, last night Jon ran through the last three decades of United States intervention in the Middle East to show how incoherent, ass-backwards and counter-productive it has been.
Discussion: Thought Theater and The Impolitic
Reuters:
Study: Martian soil may contain life  —  LONDON, England (Reuters) — The soil on Mars may contain microbial life, according to a new interpretation of data first collected more than 30 years ago.  —  The search for life on Mars appeared to hit a dead end in 1976 when Viking landers touched …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Associated Press:
Giuliani hires controversial image firm  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has a new team of media consultants with a strong record of electing GOP candidates, sometimes using controversial ads.  —  The team is led by Heath Thompson and his Dallas-based firm, Scott Howell & Company.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jason Kosena / Coloradoan Online:
Musgrave admits she finds progress in Iraq discouraging  —  Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a long-time supporter of President George Bush's Iraq war agenda, said Wednesday she believes the war isn't going well and is predicting a troop reduction will be announced next month.
Discussion: SquareState.net
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
We Have Met the Enemy, Again  —  What the Deutsche Bank building tells us about what's wrong with America.  —  Even in these times, an August dimmed with miners trapped in Utah and China, Mexico's hurricane and the final body pulled from below the Minnesota bridge, the story …
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CNN:
Major Republican firm lobbying to undermine Maliki
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William Shawcross / Spectator:
Now, more than ever, Britain must stay in Iraq
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Bizarre message discipline at the NHTSA
Discussion: Angry Bear and New York Times
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Senior DoJ Official Resigns from Civil Rights Post
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
George Bush Meets Graham Greene
Discussion: Alternate Brain
Matt / Think Progress:
Vitter Needs Only 10 Hours In Iraq To Declare 'The Surge Is Working Very, Very Well'
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'
Juan Cole:
Military Coup Planned for Iraq?
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
NYC Muslim Calls Korean Hostages "Terrorists", Smiles at thought …