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10:30 AM ET, August 25, 2007

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Robert M / Babalu Blog:
Update From Miami  —  Watching Polos Opuestos on Channel 22 here in Miami, and the word is that the rumors of fidel's death are just that.  Host Maria Elvira Salazar interviewed Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and the mayor emphasized that there have been no movement of law enforcement to handle the rumored situation.
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Perez Hilton:
The Truth Will Come Out  —  We stand by our story 100%.  —  Fidel Castro is dead!  —  The only way the Cuban government can settle this once and for all, though, is to parade him (alive) around Havana this weekend.  No pictures or video!
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11  —  Each time I lecture abroad on the Middle East, there is always someone in the audience - just one - whom I call the "raver".  Apologies here to all the men and women who come to my talks with bright and pertinent questions …
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush to Commemorate Katrina Anniversary  —  CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush will return to the Gulf Coast next week, where hard times and resentment linger two years after Hurricane Katrina's massive strike.  —  Bush will fly into New Orleans on Tuesday after giving a speech …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
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White House:   Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe
Faiz / Think Progress:
White House Moving The Goal Posts On Escalation, Drops Demands …
Josephine Hearn / The Politico:
Lawmakers' Iraq views shift at home  —  August is a time ripe for political conversions.  —  Members of Congress are away from Washington during a month-long recess.  They're talking to their constituents, reflecting on their political careers, jetting off on fact-finding trips to Iraq …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Terror Suspect List Yields Few Arrests  —  The government's terrorist screening database flagged Americans and foreigners as suspected terrorists almost 20,000 times last year.  But only a small fraction of those questioned were arrested or denied entry into the United States …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
ACLU sues DEA on behalf of truck whose money was seized  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trucker has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to get back nearly $24,000 seized by DEA agents earlier this month at a weigh station on U.S. 54 in New Mexico north of El Paso, Texas.
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
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Lost Year  —  A new national intelligence estimate concludes …
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.
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Has Another Jerry McNerney Moment  —  Jerry McNerney's election to Congress was an outstanding success for local grassroots activists and for the national and local netroots.  He was one of the top recipients of donations from Blue America in 2006.
Michael O'Hanlon / Washington Post:
The Work Behind Our Iraq Views  —  How can one gather and assess information about Iraq — collected on a trip or from any other source?  Information from a war zone is difficult to attain and interpretation is open to many views.  —  Unfortunately, much of the blogosphere and other media outlets …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani Boasts of Surplus; Reality Is More Complex  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani has been broadcasting radio advertisements in Iowa and other states far from the city he once led stating that that as mayor of New York, he "turned a $2.3 billion deficit into a multibillion dollar surplus."
Washington Post:
Clinton's Democratic Rivals Denounce Terrorism Remark  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton drew outrage from her opponents for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after saying that a terrorist attack in the United States would give Republicans an edge in the 2008 race.
ESPN:
Vick suspended indefinitely by NFL  —  NEW YORK —The NFL has suspended Falcons quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely without pay following his admission of guilt in a dogfighting scheme.  —  On Friday, Vick filed his plea agreement in federal court admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring …
 
 
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Hebrew Charter School Spurs Dispute in Florida
Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
More Enemies = Greater Profits
Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
3 Secular Iraqis in Cabinet to Formally Resign
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Faiz / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Launches Assault Against Warner, Claims He 'Hurts The Cause Of Freedom'
Discussion: Online NewsHour
Amie Parnes / TCPalm.com:
Investigators: Evidence not enough to merit criminal charges against Foley
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CBS News:
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Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
Another Iraq-Vietnam Link: Many Killed By U.S. War
Byron York / The Corner:
"The Aftermath of Saigon's Fall Is Rarely Dealt With At All."
Clayton Cramer / Clayton Cramer's BLOG:
This Well-Intentioned Proposal Is Doomed  —  A member of the …
Justin Rood Reports / The Blotter:
Congress: For Plane That Won't Fly, $63 Mil Is Enough
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) On Approval Ratings, Talk Radio
Discussion: Heading Right
Atrios / Eschaton:
More and Better Democrats  —  Here's Darcy Burner on the FISA collapse.