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4:45 PM ET, August 25, 2007

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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 …
Martin Lewis / The Huffington Post:
General Peter Pace can save US - by arresting Bush for "Conduct Unbecoming"  —  I note with admiration your courage in making clear your private concerns about the safety of the US military and the longterm danger to US national security caused by the President's stubborn refusal to acknowledge the quagmire in Iraq.
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: Hot Air and Open Left
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Normanm / CNN Political Ticker:   Florida Dems may be barred from '08 convention
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.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
No Big Shifts Planned After Report on Iraq  —  White House Senses Recent Political Gains  —  Despite political pressure for a change of course in Iraq, the White House hopes to keep in place its existing military strategy and troop levels there after the mid-September report from Army …
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New York Times:   Squelching the Citizenry's Back Talk
Ralph Peters / New York Post:
SENATOR WARNER'S BAD WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS  —  FALLUJAH, Iraq - Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is one of the great states men of our time, a man of integrity and devotion to our country.  He's never been a mere politician - the sort who regard a visit to our troops as a campaign photo op.  —  But this time he's wrong.
Discussion: Instapundit.com and The Corner
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
By any reasonable measure, Sen. John Warner's (R-Va.) …
Discussion: The American Pundit
Online NewsHour:
Advocates Launch Iraq War Ad Campaigns
Discussion: Wake up America
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: Villainous Company and Hot Air
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.
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 …
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 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.
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 …
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.
Adam Howard / AlterNet.org:
Tim Robbins: "If You F**k Things Up You Can No Longer Be An Expert" [VIDEO]  —  Tim Robbins and Bill Maher clash with Cheney biographer Stephen Hayes about the rationale for the Iraq War.  —  On the first episode of this season of Real Time with Bill Maher, actor Tim Robbins …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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 …
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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Left Shudders  —  And Bush leads.  —  Like a pig in muck …
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: The rise of the fantasists
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Redstate:
Southeast of Baghdad, the Surge is Working
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 …
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James Gordon Meek / Counterterrorism Blog:
FBI Seeks Pair in Possible Terror Surveillance of Ferries
Discussion: Doug Ross
BBC:
China to act on gender imbalance
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Washington Post:
Clinton's Democratic Rivals Denounce Terrorism Remark
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani Boasts of Surplus; Reality Is More Complex
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush to Commemorate Katrina Anniversary
Discussion: Firedoglake and Cliff Schecter
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Homophobic anti-Giuliani ad.
Discussion: Don Surber