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7:00 AM ET, August 25, 2007

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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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WTVJ-TV:
Cuba Foreign Minister Says Castro Health Rumors Untrue  —  4 p.m. Update  —  U.S. Senior officials said that while there are reports on setbacks in Fidel Castro's health, there are no indications that his death is imminent.  —  Nothing unusual has been reported from Havana.
Perez Hilton:
The Truth Will Come Out  —  We stand by our story 100%.  —  Fidel Castro is dead!  —  The only way the Cuban government can settle this once and for all, though, is to parade him (alive) around Havana this weekend.  No pictures or video!
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air » Top Picks:
Slightly more credible than usual rumor: Castro dead? …
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: On Deadline and Booman Tribune
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE ANBAR AWAKENING....Josh Patashnik has other problems …
National Review Online:
Editors: The Democrats Counsel of Despair
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11  —  Each time I lecture abroad on the Middle East, there is always someone in the audience - just one - whom I call the "raver".  Apologies here to all the men and women who come to my talks with bright and pertinent questions …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Isn't Robert Fisk A Journalist?  —  Allahpundit piqued my curiosity with his link to Robert Fisk's latest screed at the Independent, wherein he claims to be unable to find answers to many questions about the 9/11 attacks.  Don't call me a conspiracy theorist, he says, and "spare me the plots" …
Discussion: Hot Air, USS Neverdock and TigerHawk
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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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush to Commemorate Katrina Anniversary
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
White House:   Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe
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.
Discussion: Wake up America and Gateway Pundit
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Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:   Another Iraq-Vietnam Link: Many Killed By U.S. War
Boston Globe:
Back to Vietnam  —  THE VIETNAM war is still such a divisive episode …
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk
ESPN:
Vick suspended indefinitely by NFL  —  NEW YORK —The NFL has suspended Falcons quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely without pay following his admission of guilt in a dogfighting scheme.  —  On Friday, Vick filed his plea agreement in federal court admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring …
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.
Associated Press:
ACLU sues DEA on behalf of truck whose money was seized  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trucker has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to get back nearly $24,000 seized by DEA agents earlier this month at a weigh station on U.S. 54 in New Mexico north of El Paso, Texas.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Reason Magazine
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Has Another Jerry McNerney Moment  —  Jerry McNerney's election to Congress was an outstanding success for local grassroots activists and for the national and local netroots.  He was one of the top recipients of donations from Blue America in 2006.
Discussion: Calitics and Booman Tribune
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Politicizing Terror  —  One of the accusations commonly tossed at the Bush administration is that they politicize the war on terror.  Critics use every warning from the White House about elevated threat levels to claim that the administration wants to get some sort of political boost from the announcement.
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Congress: For Plane That Won't Fly, $63 Mil Is Enough  —  Justin Rood Reports:  —  Millions of dollars later, Congress has effectively killed a military plane program the Pentagon repeatedly rejected, and which never had a successful flight.  —  The $63 million Congress poured …
Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
More Enemies = Greater Profits  —  What is the psychology of an administration that creates more enemies?  Everybody marvels at how we've somehow created more terrorists out of the Iraqupation yet nobody realizes that may be the truest sign of success for BushCo.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Allawi's Muscle: The CIA-Controlled Iraqi National Intelligence Service  —  Alleged billion dollar thief Hazem Shaalan isn't Ayad Allawi's only infamous friend.  Allawi is also a close ally of the head of Iraq's largest intelligence service — a man who takes his billions from Washington, not Baghdad.
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Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
3 Secular Iraqis in Cabinet to Formally Resign
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Launches Assault Against Warner, Claims He 'Hurts The Cause Of Freedom'
Discussion: Online NewsHour
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CBS News:
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Clayton Cramer / Clayton Cramer's BLOG:
This Well-Intentioned Proposal Is Doomed  —  A member of the …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
MORE ON BILL KRISTOL:  —  Over at National Review yesterday …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) On Approval Ratings, Talk Radio
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Lost Year  —  A new national intelligence estimate concludes …
Atrios / Eschaton:
More and Better Democrats  —  Here's Darcy Burner on the FISA collapse.
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
White House defends US terror tribunals
Discussion: Associated Press
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 and RADAMISTO
The Raw Story:
CIA said to step up operations against Iran as hawks seek …