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12:20 PM 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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New York Times:
Generals Differ on the Timing of Troop Cuts
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Greatscat!
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 …
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
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.
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
Discussion: Think Progress
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."
Online NewsHour:
Advocates Launch Iraq War Ad Campaigns  —  Liberal and conservative organizations have launched multi-million dollar advertising campaigns to pressure members of Congress to support their positions on the Iraq war.  Representatives from both camps present their views.  —  Freedom's Watch Promotes Iraq War in Ads
Discussion: Wake up America
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Paul Bedard / CBS News:
Not Too Long Now, Says The Fred  —  (US News) A round of applause, please, for former Virginia Sen. George Allen, who finally got likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson to hint when he plans his big announcement.  Filling in for Richmond's WRVA morning host Jimmy Barrett …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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James Gordon Meek / Counterterrorism Blog:
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Discussion: Doug Ross
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Clinton's Democratic Rivals Denounce Terrorism Remark
Robbie Gennet / The Huffington Post:
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Has Another Jerry McNerney Moment
Discussion: Calitics and Booman Tribune
Megan Greenwell / Washington Post:
3 Secular Iraqis in Cabinet to Formally Resign
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Amie Parnes / TCPalm.com:
Investigators: Evidence not enough to merit criminal charges against Foley
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Politicizing Terror  —  One of the accusations commonly tossed …
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 …
ESPN:
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Number of Iraqis Held by U.S. Is Swelling
Discussion: On Deadline and Booman Tribune
Janine Zacharia / Bloomberg:
Brzezinski Embraces Obama Over Clinton for President