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10:40 AM ET, August 26, 2007

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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
Roger Simon / The Politico:
DNC sanctions Florida Dems
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
DNC to Florida Democrats: Not So Fast
Discussion: The Hill and The Agonist
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."
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
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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Newsweek:
The Ongoing Hunt for Osama 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.  Suddenly, a sentry, posted several kilometers away …
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty and Angry Bear
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)
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.
Michael Lewis / New York Times:
In Nature's Casino  —  It was Aug. 24, 2005, and New Orleans was still charming.  Tropical Depression 12 was spinning from the Bahamas toward Florida, but the chances of an American city's being destroyed by nature were remote, even for one below sea level.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Matt Gouras / Associated Press:
Help Wanted Ads Go Unanswered in West  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The owner of a fast food joint in Montana's booming oil patch found himself outsourcing the drive-thru window to a Texas telemarketing firm, not because it's cheaper but because he can't find workers.
 
 
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New York Times:
As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes
Bob Geiger:
A Time To Regroup and Reconsider... And The Saturday Cartoons
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Quarter-Degree Fix Fuels Climate Fight
Discussion: Climate Audit
Detroit Free Press:
Fieger, partner indicted on campaign finance charges
Discussion: Overlawyered
Christopher Hitchens / Observer:
To invoke Vietnam was a blunder too far for Bush
Discussion: Hot Air and Greatscat!
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Bush touts surge success
 Earlier Items: 
John Markoff / New York Times:
Chinese Seek to Buy a U.S. Maker of Disk Drives
The Corner:
"Even I question the 'truth' of 9/11" — Robert Fisk [Victor Davis Hanson]
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
US News:
Maybe Trading Up Soon at Justice
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Spying Program May Be Tested by Terror Case
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
DATING ACROSS IDEOLOGICAL LINES: A great many people believe …
Discussion: Althouse and alicublog