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10:50 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 …
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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 …
The Raw Story:
Top GOP senator: Bring troops home
Discussion: Agitprop
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.
Max Boot / Opinion Journal:
Another Vietnam?  —  President Bush's analogy to Iraq is not inaccurate, just incomplete.  —  Ever since the mid-1970s, critics of American military involvement have warned that any decision to deploy armed forces abroad—in Lebanon and El Salvador in the 1980s, in Kuwait, Somalia …
Discussion: Power Line and TPMCafe blogs
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE SURGE....Is the surge working?  That is, even if you ignore the lack of political progress, are we even making tactical progress?  Since violence in Iraq tends to be seasonal, the only reasonable comparison is one between summer 2006 and summer 2007, so I went to the latest Brookings Iraq Index to check out the most recent numbers.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Kay Steiger
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The Atlantic Online:
Surging  —  Kevin Drum arranges some Brookings Iraq Index data …
Discussion: PSoTD
Real Clear Politics:
Finally, a Reasoned Debate  —  WASHINGTON — After months of surreality, the Iraq debate has quite abruptly acquired a relationship to reality.  Following the Democratic victory last November, panicked Republican senators began rifling the thesaurus to find exactly the right phrase …
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT  —  Seven Iraq war vets and members of Vets for Freedom respond to the New York Times Seven, of the 82nd Airborne, whose op-ed column appeared in the paper this past Sunday.  They respond in a terrific column for the Standard.  Among the seven co-authors …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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Weekly Standard:   Iraq Vets Respond
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: New Yorkers Clinton, Giuliani Top 2008 Choices; Most Disapprove of Washington  —  NEW YORK — Could the 2008 presidential election come down to a choice between two New Yorkers?  It sure looks that way today, as New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani remain …
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Heather Havenstein / PC World:   MySpace, MTV Team for Interactive Talks with Candidates
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Matt Birkbeck / Morning Call:
Prosecutor in DeNaples probe to resign, sources say  —  U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino, seen in this 2004 file photo.  Marino declined to comment on whether he is leaving his job.  (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower / August 24, 2007)  —  U.S. Attorney Thomas Marino, the top federal prosecutor …
Discussion: Pennsyltucky Politics
New York Sun:
Incredible Shrinking Deficit, II  —  2004: $413 billion  —  2005: $318 billion  —  2006: $248 billion  —  2007: $158 billion  —  Close readers of this column may recall the top three numbers in the list above from our editorial of July 12, "Incredible Shrinking Deficit."
Discussion: Say Anything and QandO
Josh White / Washington Post:
Haditha Investigator Urges Dropping of Marine's Case  —  An investigating officer has recommended that a Marine Corps general drop all charges against a Marine accused of murdering civilians in Haditha, Iraq, finding again that the 2005 shootings were "tragedies" but that the Marine did not violate the laws of combat.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Suck On This  —  The significance of Friedman's "Suck On This" isn't simply his buffoonery and that of our entire media discourse.  I don't imagine that Charlie Rose is playing on every teevee in Iraq, but even the liberal Tom Friedman was channeling what was a pretty common sentiment at the time …
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.
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
'To Old Times'  —  A toast to American troops, then and now.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Sob Stories  —  Memo to the media: Everyone who is defaulting …
WESH-TV:
Political Strategist Among Three Found Dead
Discussion: Wonkette
Josh White / Washington Post:
U.S. Falters In Bid to Boost Iraqi Business
Elizabeth Wilner / The Politico:
This is not George W. Bush's convention
Catherine Brahic / New Scientist:
Saltier North Atlantic should give currents a boost
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Brian Beutler
Agence France Presse:
Channel 4 ditches Celebrity Big Brother after race row
Douglas Hanson / American Thinker:
Reports of Al-Douri's switch may be premature
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Jason Kosena / Coloradoan Online:
Musgrave admits she finds progress in Iraq discouraging
Discussion: SquareState.net
CBC News:
Quebec police admit they went undercover at Montebello protest
New York Times:
More Iraqis Are Said to Flee Since Troop Increase