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11:45 AM ET, August 26, 2007

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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Bloomberg And Hagel For 2008?  —  Chuck Hagel, the senator from Nebraska, describes himself as a "tidal" politician, one who believes that larger forces in society shape careers more than the ambitions of individuals.  "The only mistakes I've made," he told me last week, "were when I tried to go against the tide."
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
DNC Strips Florida Of 2008 Delegates  —  No Convention Slots Unless Later Primary Is Set  —  The Democratic National Committee sought to seize control of its unraveling nominating process yesterday, rejecting pleas from state party leaders and cracking down on Florida for scheduling a Jan. 29 presidential primary.
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Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Obama names Republicans he'll work with
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Democrats Take a Tough Line on Florida Primary
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
DNC to Florida Democrats: Not So Fast
Discussion: The Hill and The Agonist
Roger Simon / The Politico:
DNC sanctions Florida Dems
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
After Iraq Trip, Unshaken Resolve  —  CHICAGO When Rep. Jan Schakowsky made her first trip to Iraq this month, the outspoken antiwar liberal resolved to keep her opinions to herself.  "I would listen and learn," she decided.  —  At times that proved a challenge, as when Deputy Prime Minister …
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The History Channel:
9/11 Conspiracies  —  Examines the various conspiracy theories espoused on the Internet, in articles and in public forums that attempt to explain the 9/11 attacks.  It includes theories that the World Trade Center was brought down by a controlled demolition; that a missile, not a commercial airliner …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
The Ongoing Hunt for Osama bin Laden  —  He's still out there.  The hunt for bin Laden.  —  The Americans were getting close.  It was early in the winter of 2004-05, and Osama bin Laden and his entourage were holed up in a mountain hideaway along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hot Air and Riehl World View
Douglas Brinkley / Washington Post:
Reckless Abandonment  —  Over the past two years since Hurricane Katrina, I've seen waves of hardworking volunteers from nonprofits, faith-based groups and college campuses descend on New Orleans, full of compassion and hope.  —  They arrive in the city's Ninth Ward to painstakingly gut houses one by one.
Bruce Bartlett / Wall Street Journal:
FairTax, Flawed Tax  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's unexpectedly strong second-place showing in the recent Iowa Republican straw poll is widely attributed to his support for the FairTax.  —  For those who never heard about it, the FairTax is a national retail sales tax that would replace the entire current federal tax system.
David Rohde / New York Times:
Taliban Raise Poppy Production to a Record Again  —  Afghanistan produced record levels of opium in 2007 for the second straight year, led by a staggering 45 percent increase in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province, according to a new United Nations survey to be released Monday.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
New York Times:
Op-Chart: A New, Improved Congress?  —  JUST before Congress adjourned for its August recess, Democrats engaged in a flurry of legislative activity, while Republicans complained about a "do-nothing" Congress's meager policy accomplishments.  Deep partisan differences, narrow majorities …
New York Times:
As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes  —  No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo.  —  But just as the speed and scale of China's rise …
New York Times:
Drop Foreseen in Median Price of U.S. Homes  —  The median price of American homes is expected to fall this year for the first time since federal housing agencies began keeping statistics in 1950.  —  Economists say the decline, which could be foreshadowed in a widely followed government price index …
Gateway Pundit:
IRAQIS PROTEST TERROR- Hold Rally at Saudi Embassy  —  This was a welcome sight...  Iraqi-Americans held a protest yesterday denouncing terrorism in Washington DC.  —  Members of the Iraqi American Coalition for Peace demonstrate, Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, in front of the White House in Washington.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
James Grant / New York Times:
The Fed's Subprime Solution  —  THE subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 is, in fact, a credit crisis — a worldwide disruption in lending and borrowing.  It is only the latest in a long succession of such disturbances.  Who's to blame?  The human race, first and foremost.  Well-intended public policy, second.
 
 
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Michael Lewis / New York Times:
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Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
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Christopher Hitchens / Observer:
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