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7:20 AM ET, August 24, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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 …
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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOAGLAND, NOT WHACKED  —  Perhaps there's something wrong with me.  But Jim Hoagland's column in Friday's Post seems remarkably lucid and well-reasoned.  I'd quibble with a few points.  There are a few others where I don't know the details well enough to judge.
Discussion: Washington Post and RADAMISTO
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
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.
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Bryan / Hot Air » Top Picks:
Ariz. school suspends boy for drawing a gun
Discussion: Liberty Pundit
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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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
Rasmussen Reports:
War on Terror Update  —  War on Terror Confidence Inches Up in August  —  Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans now believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror.  That's up three points from a month ago and just a point shy of the highest level of confidence measured in 2007.
Discussion: Blogs for Bush and Liberty Pundit
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.
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
 
 
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Jason Kosena / Coloradoan Online:
Musgrave admits she finds progress in Iraq discouraging
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CBC News:
Quebec police admit they went undercover at Montebello protest
Reuters:
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 Earlier Items: 
William Shawcross / Spectator:
Now, more than ever, Britain must stay in Iraq
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
The Raw Story:
Brutal 'war on terror' weapon sucks air out of lungs
Discussion: Guardian
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
Associated Press:
Giuliani hires controversial image firm
Discussion: TalkLeft
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
George Bush Meets Graham Greene
Discussion: Alternate Brain
Patrick Poole / Front Page Magazine:
CAIR Goes Back to School
Discussion: Right Voices and Atlas Shrugs
Juan Cole:
Military Coup Planned for Iraq?