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3:10 PM ET, August 25, 2007

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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 …
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The Atlantic Online:
O'Hanlon + Post = Well, The Same
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Mike Allen / The Politico:
DNC threatens to sanction Florida Dems  —  The Democratic Party has taken a swipe at the nation's fourth biggest state, stripping Florida of all of its '08 delegates as punishment for jumping the gun with its primary, which is forcing other states to crowd Christmas in the quest to be first.
Discussion: Open Left
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Normanm / CNN Political Ticker:   Florida Dems may be barred from '08 convention
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
GIs' morale dips as Iraq war drags on  —  With tours extended, multiple deployments and new tactics that put them in bare posts in greater danger, they feel leaders are out of touch with reality.  —  YOUSIFIYA, IRAQ — In the dining hall of a U.S. Army post south of Baghdad …
MSNBC:
Iraq fraud whistleblowers vilified  —  Cases show fraud exposers have been vilified, fired, or detained for weeks  —  One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted.  —  Or worse.
Associated Press:
Pentagon to start Iraq info hub  —  Office to distribute data ahead of military progress report due in Sept.  —  WASHINGTON - Shaping the Bush administration's message on the Iraq war has taken on new fervor, just as anticipation is building for the September progress report from top military advisers.
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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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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Bill Maher Can't Get NYT Baghdad Correspondent to Bash Bush  —  As the new season of HBO's "Real Time" began Friday night, I watched with great trepidation, especially given host Bill Maher's disgraceful special on that network back in July wherein he spent virtually two-thirds …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Manila Ryce / The Largest Minority:
California Considers Hemp Pilot Program  —  A newly proposed law in California would establish a five-year pilot program for farmers to grow industrial hemp in four counties.  The law would also define "industrial hemp" as separate from marijuana under the state's health and safety code.
NEWS.com.au:
Student cracks $84m porn filter  —  A MELBOURNE schoolboy has cracked the Federal Government's new $84 million internet porn filter in minutes.  —  Tom Wood, 16, said it took him just over 30 minutes to bypass the Government's filter, released on Tuesday.  —  Tom, a year 10 student …
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."
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
Progressives Unite!  —  There is something strange going on in the progressive blogosphere these days: instead of uniting against Republicans, progressive bloggers like Matt Stoller have decided to declare war on every Democrat who they consider not to be progressive (read anti-war) enough.
BBC:
China to act on gender imbalance  —  The Chinese government says it is drafting new laws to tackle the growing gender imbalance caused by the widespread abortion of female foetuses.  —  The practice is already banned, but new rules are expected to set out specific punishments for parents and doctors.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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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Redstate:
Southeast of Baghdad, the Surge is Working
Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
General Peter Pace can save US - by arresting Bush for "Conduct Unbecoming"
CNN:
Hamas leader: Captured Israeli soldier alive and well
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Come Saturday Morning: *Snicker* *Giggle* *Snort*
Robin Shulman / Washington Post:
In New York, a Word Starts a Fire
Discussion: Too Sense
Paul Bedard / CBS News:
Not Too Long Now, Says The Fred  —  (US News) A round of applause …
Online NewsHour:
Advocates Launch Iraq War Ad Campaigns
James Gordon Meek / Counterterrorism Blog:
FBI Seeks Pair in Possible Terror Surveillance of Ferries
Discussion: Doug Ross
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Clinton's Democratic Rivals Denounce Terrorism Remark
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush to Commemorate Katrina Anniversary
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Homophobic anti-Giuliani ad.
Discussion: Don Surber
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Has Another Jerry McNerney Moment
Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
3 Secular Iraqis in Cabinet to Formally Resign
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Amie Parnes / TCPalm.com:
Investigators: Evidence not enough to merit criminal charges against Foley
Peter Eavis / Fortune:
Fed bends rules to help two big banks
Discussion: My Left Wing