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2:45 PM ET, August 24, 2007

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Christina Davidson / iraqslogger.com:
Fmr Bush Iraq Envoy Helping Undermine Maliki  —  As Bush Voices Support for the Iraqi PM, Republican Lobbyists Aid Top Maliki Foe  —  Republican lobbyists with close ties to the Bush administration are aiding and supporting the efforts of an Iraqi opposition leader who is calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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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 …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Lobby Firm's Allawi Contract Worth $300K for 6 Months
Discussion: On Deadline
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 …
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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 …
Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol: Let's 'Stretch Our Army And Marines' For 'Another Year Or So' In Iraq  —  On Fox News this morning, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol said that the escalation in Iraq should be extended at least "another six months" or even "another year or so."
Washington Post:
Warner Calls for Pullouts By Winter
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 …
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.
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
'To Old Times'  —  A toast to American troops, then and now.  —  Once I went hot-air ballooning in Normandy.  It was the summer of 1991.  It was exciting to float over the beautiful French hills and the farms with crisp crops in the fields.  It was dusk, and we amused ourselves calling out …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and Sadly, No!
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.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Vick case divides African-American leaders  —  NAACP rift reported over whether to support quarterback's reinstatement  —  The case against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has exposed a split within both the NAACP and the larger African-American community, as some activists condemn Vick's role …
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.
Reuters:
China declares 'war' on tainted products  —  BEIJING, China (Reuters) — China has launched a four-month "war" on tainted food, drugs and exports, state media reported on Friday, as beleaguered officials embraced time-tested campaign tactics to clean up the country's battered image.
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction
 
 
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Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Kerrey edges closer to Senate bid
Cranmer:
Iraq and the genocide of Assyrian Christians
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USA Today:
Baghdad embassy-fortress nearly built
Discussion: Greatscat!
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough OK With Wolf Equating Bushies With Nazis
Discussion: Hot Air and Ian Schwartz
Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
TUCSON REGION  —  Renzi, after investigation by FBI, won't run in 2008
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
GOP senator calls for troop withdrawals
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Head of Civil Rights Division to Leave Justice Department
Steven Thomma / TwinCities.com:
Romney's health care fix: states, market
 Earlier Items: 
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Padilla sues US officials over confinement
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh White / Washington Post:
U.S. Falters In Bid to Boost Iraqi Business
New York Sun:
Incredible Shrinking Deficit, II
Discussion: Say Anything and QandO
Matt Birkbeck / Morning Call:
Prosecutor in DeNaples probe to resign, sources say
Weekly Standard:
Iraq Vets Respond
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
[TS] Op-Ed Columnist: Seeking Willie Horton
Rahm Emanuel / New York Times:
Don't Get Rid of Earmarks  —  DEMOCRATS made earmark reform …
Rasmussen Reports:
War on Terror Update