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6:15 PM ET, August 24, 2007

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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 …
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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."
Don Surber:   Baird: 'Our troops have earned more time'
Los Angeles Times:
Top general to urge Iraq troop cut
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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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
Faiz / thinkprogress.org:
Is The Prospect Of Withdrawal Responsible For The Modest Security Gains In Iraq?  —  Yesterday, the National Intelligence Estimate reported "measurable but uneven improvements" in the security situation in Iraq.  While the White House has rushed to suggest that the modest gains were the result of escalation …
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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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE ANBAR AWAKENING....Josh Patashnik has other problems …
National Review Online:
Editors: The Democrats Counsel of Despair
Discussion: The New Republic
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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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Allawi's Billion Dollar Buddy
Discussion: D-Day
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Iraqi With CIA Ties Hires D.C. Lobby Firm
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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
More and Better Democrats  —  Here's Darcy Burner on the FISA collapse.  —  Here's Joe Wilson introducing the upcoming Monday virtual town hall with Burner.  —  You can go here for info about how  —  to send your question, etc.  —  Most importantly, the worst president in history …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough OK With Wolf Equating Bushies With Nazis  —  Joe Scarborough prides himself on being an independent thinker.  Apparently that extends to not uttering a peep of protest, and indeed tending to concur, when a left-wing guest flatly accuses the Bush administration of using Nazi tactics to suppress democracy.
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:
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!
The Raw Story:
CIA said to step up operations in Iran as hawks seek to tie Iraq bombs to Tehran  —  In an effort to build congressional and Pentagon support for military options against Iran, the Bush administration has shifted from its earlier strategy of building a case based on an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program …
Discussion: The American Street and At-Largely
 
 
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David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Longtime Doolittle ally pulls support
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Shays Lashes Out: Congress Has 'A Harder Time Getting Along Than Sunnis And Shiites'
The Corner:
The Story of Vietnam
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James Pindell / Boston Globe:
A trick question or weird poll?
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Cranmer:
Iraq and the genocide of Assyrian Christians
Discussion: theneweditor.com
Confederate Yankee:
The New Republic, Tom Cruise, and Post Turtles
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Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
TUCSON REGION  —  Renzi, after investigation by FBI, won't run in 2008
Reuters:
China declares 'war' on tainted products
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Josh White / Washington Post:
U.S. Falters In Bid to Boost Iraqi Business
New York Sun:
Incredible Shrinking Deficit, II
Josh White / Washington Post:
Haditha Investigator Urges Dropping of Marine's Case
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Vick case divides African-American leaders
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Historian: Bush use of quote 'perverse'