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11:25 PM ET, August 24, 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.
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
Perez Hilton:   The Truth Will Come Out  —  We stand by our story 100%.
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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and RADAMISTO
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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 …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Number of Iraqis Held by U.S. Is Swelling
Discussion: On Deadline and Booman Tribune
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Lost Year  —  A new national intelligence estimate concludes …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Politicizing Terror  —  One of the accusations commonly tossed …
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.
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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
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Christina Davidson / iraqslogger.com:
Fmr Bush Iraq Envoy Helping Undermine Maliki
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
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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Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
Another Iraq-Vietnam Link: Many Killed By U.S. War  —  I was quite delighted that President Bush brought up the topic of the relationship between the U.S. war in Iraq and the U.S. war in Vietnam.  I was about to bring up the subject myself.  —  Just Foreign Policy has been working to put …
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Byron York / The Corner:
"The Aftermath of Saigon's Fall Is Rarely Dealt With At All."
Discussion: Wake up America
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 …
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 …
Peter Eavis / Fortune:
Fed bends rules to help two big banks  —  If the Federal Reserve is waiving a fundamental principle in banking regulation, the credit crunch must still be sapping the strength of America's biggest banks.  Fortune's Peter Eavis documents an unusual Fed move.
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 …
 
 
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Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
More Enemies = Greater Profits
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Has Another Jerry McNerney Moment
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Faiz / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Launches Assault Against Warner, Claims He 'Hurts The Cause Of Freedom'
Discussion: Associated Press
Amie Parnes / TCPalm.com:
Investigators: Evidence not enough to merit criminal charges against Foley
Dan / Daniel W. Drezner:
WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT INTERNATIONAL LAW?
CBS News:
Letters Reveal Mother Teresa's Secret
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
MORE ON BILL KRISTOL:  —  Over at National Review yesterday …
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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.
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 …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough OK With Wolf Equating Bushies With Nazis