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9:15 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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Number of Iraqis Held by U.S. Is Swelling
Discussion: On Deadline and Booman Tribune
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE ANBAR AWAKENING....Josh Patashnik has other problems …
National Review Online:
Editors: The Democrats Counsel of Despair
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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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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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
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Liberal Values
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PewResearch.org:
A Study in Contrasts: Clinton and Guiliani  —  Hillary Scores High with Democrats, Less So with the General Public; Rudy Has Broad Appeal but Weaker GOP Support  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton is by far the most popular presidential candidate among her own party's voters, but has among …
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."
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Lost Year  —  A new national intelligence estimate concludes …
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 …
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 …
The Raw Story:
CIA said to step up operations against 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 …
CBS News:
Letters Reveal Mother Teresa's Secret  —  Book Of Iconic Nun's Letters Shows She Was Tormented By Her Doubts In Her Faith  —  (CBS) In life, Mother Teresa was an icon — for believers — of God's work on Earth.  Her ministry to the poor of Calcutta was a world-renowned symbol of religious compassion.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
MORE ON BILL KRISTOL:  —  Over at National Review yesterday …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) On Approval Ratings, Talk Radio
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Atrios / Eschaton:
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David Whitney / Sacramento Bee:
Longtime Doolittle ally pulls support
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
White House defends US terror tribunals
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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Cranmer:
Iraq and the genocide of Assyrian Christians
Discussion: theneweditor.com
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough OK With Wolf Equating Bushies With Nazis
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
'To Old Times'  —  A toast to American troops, then and now.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Vick case divides African-American leaders