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11:50 AM ET, August 30, 2007


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Washington Post:
Report Finds Little Progress On Iraq Goals  —  Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report.  The document questions whether some aspects of a more positive assessment …
Tony Batt / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Porter ties U.S. withdrawal from Iraq to $9 gasoline  —  Lawmaker reports on his trip to country  —  WASHINGTON — Gasoline prices could rise to about $9 per gallon if the United States withdraws troops from Iraq prematurely, Rep. Jon Porter said he was told on a trip to Iraq that ended this week.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Faiz / Think Progress:
INTERVIEW: Tauscher Returns From Iraq, Warns Of 'Green Zone Fog'  —  Shortly after returning from Iraq, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) conducted an interview with ThinkProgress.  She said she conveyed three things to Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker: 1) "the American people …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Terrorism Policies Split Democrats  —  Anger Mounts Within Party Over Inaction on Bush Tactics  —  A growing clamor among rank-and-file Democrats to halt President Bush's most controversial tactics in the fight against terrorism has exposed deep divisions within the party …
The Sideshow:
We have nothing to fear but fear  —  The Washington Post reports that Democrats are split on the question of whether to be sheep: … ["at interest groups"?  I wonder if Weisman actually wrote that clumsy phrase.  Is this one of those things Fred Hiatt shoe-horned into the article so the RNC would be happy?
Discussion: The Impolitic
New York Times:
Clinton Donor Under a Cloud in Fraud Case  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said yesterday that it would give to charity $23,000 it had received from a prominent Democratic donor, and review thousands of dollars more that he had raised, after learning that the authorities in California …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
When Exactly Did Art Die?  —  At least the latest travesty in the art world comes Down Under rather than the US, but that only shows how global the collapse of art from a meaningful form to an anti-Christian realm of bigots has become.  The latest examples are entrants in the Blake Prize competition …
Discussion: Daimnation!
Decrease Increase … We welcome your comments on this story.
Discussion: Fausta's blog and normblog
Andrew Bolt:
Jesus bin Laden
Discussion: Riehl World View
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Bush's Lost Iraqi Election  —  Ayad Allawi, the former interim prime minister of Iraq, hinted in a television interview last weekend at one of the war's least understood turning points: America's decision not to challenge Iranian intervention in Iraq's January 2005 elections.
The Atlantic Online:
The Ignatius Cycle
Discussion: Eschaton and Middle Earth Journal
Edwards On Track in Iowa  —  John Edwards is betting that a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses will catapult him into national contention, and so far his strategy in the state is on track.  A new TIME poll of likely Iowa caucus goers, taken a week after Edwards' seven-day …
Eric Pooley / Time:
John Edwards Bets the Farm
Discussion: The Caucus
Elaine Silvestrini /
Jury Wants DNA, Hair Samples In USF Case  —  TAMPA - A federal grand jury in Tampa is asking for DNA and hair samples from a University of South Florida student jailed four weeks ago in South Carolina on explosives charges, his attorney said.  —  Andrew Savage said in a phone interview Wednesday night …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Michelle Malkin:
Mystery at Goose Creek update: Federal grand jury investigates
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Washington Post:
Tapping Into The Secrets Of the Stall  —  Experts Say Anonymous Sex In Public Places Is A Compulsive Behavior  —  Consider the bathroom stall, that utilitarian public enclosure of cold steel and drab hue.  —  It can be a world of untold secrets, codes and signals as invitations to partake.
Associated Press:
Smoking Gun from the Future:  —  On 8/26 at about 1200 hours I was working a plainclothes detail involving deviant conduct in the men's room at the Pepsi Center during the Democratic Convention.  We had received civilian complaints of disorderly persons using this particular facility and had made several arrests.
New York Times:
U.S. Weapons, Given to Iraqis, Move to Turkey  —  Weapons that were originally given to Iraqi security forces by the American military have been recovered over the past year by the authorities in Turkey after being used in violent crimes in that country, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
Tova Andrea Wang / Washington Post:
A Rigged Report on U.S. Voting?  —  After the 2000 Florida election debacle, Congress established a body called the Election Assistance Commission to improve voting and democracy in this country.  Two years ago, the commission approached me about doing a project that would take a preliminary look …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Va. Republican Bill Would Bar Illegal Immigrants From College  —  Virginia Republicans announced legislation Wednesday that would prohibit public colleges and universities from accepting illegal immigrants even if they attended a public high school and were brought to the United States at an early age by their parents.
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pentagon won't make surge recommendation to Bush  —  WASHINGTON — In a sign that top commanders are divided over what course to pursue in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday that it won't make a single, unified recommendation to President Bush during next month's strategy assessment …
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Steven A. Camarota /
100 Million More  —  Projecting the Impact of Immigration
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Is Gaining Confidence It Can Win Fight in Congress Over Iraq Policy
Greg Palast:
"They wanted them poor niggers out of there."
New York Times:
Locked, Loaded and Looney
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Richard Jewell, 44, Hero of Atlanta Attack, Dies
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Michael Yon:
Ghosts of Anbar, Part III of IV
Christopher Hitchens / Newsweek:
Hitchens Takes on Mother Teresa
Discussion: Hot Air
Margot Sanger-Katz / Concord Monitor:
McCain posts POW video
Discussion: TIME and Taegan Goddard's …
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Chun / The New Republic:
Flower Bauer  —  "24"'s upcoming seventh season appears to mark …
Marc / The Van Der Galiën Gazette:
A Study in Cowardice  —  EDITOR's NOTE: This post has been pulled up.
Discussion: Open Left
Josh Kraushaar / CBS News: Launches Ad Against Baird
The Atlantic Online:
In defense of Petraeus-as-author  —  I am sorry to disagree …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Brian Beutler
Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Sadr Suspends His Militia's Military Operations
Paul Von Zielbauer / New York Times:
Marines' Trials in Iraq Killings Are Withering
Debbi Farr Baker / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Passenger dispute delays American Airlines flight overnight
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Good news, but not for Democrats  —  IT'S A WAR, and it's …