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8:15 AM ET, July 13, 2008


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Times of London:
US Treasury rescue for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac  —  Treasury secretary looks at $15 billion cash injection for crisis-hit mortgage lenders  —  US TREASURY secretary Hank Paulson is working on plans to inject up to $15 billion (£7.5 billion) of capital into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac …
The Imminent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Debacle  —  Fannie Mae “is a government sponsored enterprise (GSE) of the United States federal government.  It is a shareholder-owned corporation authorized to make loans and loan guarantees.  It is not backed or funded by the U.S. government …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Vodkapundit
New York Times:
The Times Interviews John McCain  —  Following are excerpts of a transcript of an interview conducted by The New York Times's Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper with Senator John McCain in Hudson, Wisconsin, on July 11.  The answers are transcribed verbatim; some of the questions are paraphrased.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush Homeland Security Aide Caught On Tape Offering High-Level Access For Donations To Bush Library  —  The Sunday Times reports Stephen Payne, a Bush pioneer and a political appointee to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, was caught on tape offering access to key members …
Discussion: Docudharma and War and Piece
Daniel Foggo / Times of London:
President George W Bush lobbyist in ‘cash for access’ row  —  A lobbyist with close ties to the White House is offering access to key figures in George W Bush's administration in return for six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush's presidency.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Majikthise
Thers / Firedoglake:
OBAMA ROCKED BY SCANDAL: Is Presidential Bid Over?  —  I know we're not supposed to directly quote AP stories without paying them serious cash, but this story is so important and has such major ramifications for this election — which will of course decide the leader of the free world …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Balloon Juice
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
U.S. Considers Increasing Pace of Iraq Pullout  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago.
Marie Colvin / Times of London:
Nouri al-Maliki ready to oust US from Iraq green zone  —  The green zone of Baghdad, a highly fortified slice of American suburbia on the banks of the Tigris river, may soon be handed over to Iraqi control if the increasingly assertive government of Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, gets its way.
Los Angeles Times:
Obama, McCain agree on many once-divisive issues  —  Their similar stances on immigration, nuclear weapons, global warming and stem-cell research are evidence of a centrist shift in the political landscape.  —  WASHINGTON — For Amy Rick, the 2008 presidential election is a win-win situation.
Discussion: The RBC
McKinney is Green Party presidential nominee  —  (CNN) — The liberal environmentalist Green Party nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as its presidential candidate Saturday.  —  McKinney, 53, held off three rivals to win the party's nomination during its convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
A New Fashion Catches On in Paris: Cheap Bicycle Rentals  —  PARIS — They're clunky, heavy and ugly, but they have become modish — and they are not this season's platform shoes.  —  A year after the introduction of the sturdy gray bicycles known as Vélib's, they are being used all over Paris.
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
President George W Bush backs Israeli plan for strike on Iran  —  President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a future military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations with Tehran break down, according to a senior Pentagon official.
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New York Times:
There He Goes Again
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Times of London:
West suffers historic defeat as China and Russia veto Zimbabwe sanctions
Discussion: Eunomia and The Peking Duck
Associated Press:
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The fall of IndyMac  —  Feds seize bank - once a leading mortgage lender.
Jane Mayer / Washington Post:
Collateral Damage  —  The Inside Story of How the War …
New York Times:
Dissident's Tale of Epic Escape From Iran's Vise
 Earlier Items: 
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The Ron Paul Revolution in full swing
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Inside the Motion Picture Industry's Cuddliest Anti-Piracy Operation …
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Obama Supporters on the Far Left Cry Foul
Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Back Mark Begich (Sen-AK)
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Voter registrations in Florida show ‘huge swing’ toward Democrats
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and
Matthew DeBord / Washington Post:
Hummer, How We Need Thee

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Kim Zetter / ZERO DAY:
Kaspersky plans to close its US business and eliminate US-based positions, following the country's ban on the sale of its antivirus tool starting July 20

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Researchers: hackers have exploited a Squarespace flaw to hijack domains, apparently mostly from crypto businesses, that were migrated from Google Domains

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