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10:30 AM ET, July 18, 2008


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Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate  —  “Considerable presence” of skeptics  —  The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.
David Evans / The Australian:
No smoking hot spot  —  I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office.  I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Gore's Energy Oomph  —  On the issue of gasoline prices, Republicans think they have a winner in their call for new drilling, and Democrats are playing defense.  Democrats need — this is a technical term — a lot more oomph.  Al Gore wants to help them.  —  In a speech here yesterday …
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The (Annotated) Gore Energy Speech
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions …
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David Cameron lands meeting with Barack Obama  —  Conservative party sources tell me that David Cameron, Tory leader, is to meet Barack Obama in London on Saturday July 26th.  They said that Senator Obama is expected to arrive in London from Paris the previous evening and stay in a hotel.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style  —  The Air Force's top leadership sought for three years to spend counterterrorism funds on “comfort capsules” to be installed on military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders around the world, with at least four top generals involved …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule  —  You can tell a lot about any political campaign by how it invests its most precious resource: the 1,440 minutes in each candidate's day.  —  Take a look at this edited current schedule for John McCain's campaign.
Discussion: The Dish Rag
An unusual new privilege claim shields Cheney in Plame probe.  —  The Bush administration today unveiled a set of novel and controversial legal arguments in refusing to disclose key details about Vice President Dick Cheney's role in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Mukasey the Obstructionist  —  Michael Mukasey has President Bush's back.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bush ‘a total failure,’ Pelosi says  —  (CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Bush “a total failure” on Thursday, among the California Democrat's harshest assessments to date of the president.  —  “God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States — a total failure …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Coming Activist Age  —  We're entering an era of epic legislation.  There are at least five large problems that will compel the federal government to act in gigantic ways over the next few years.  —  First, there is the erosion of the social contract.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up  —  LELAND, Miss. — Catfish farmers across the South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds.  —  “It's a dead business,” said John Dillard, who pioneered the commercial farming of catfish in the late 1960s.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Poll: Obama backers are more excited than McCain's  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is facing an excitement deficit.  —  While overall interest in the presidential campaign has swelled since last fall, backers of Barack Obama are more fired up and express more loyalty to their candidate than McCain's do …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Real FISA Issue  —  I was skimming through this litany of complaints over the revised FISA legislation in The Indypendent and giving fresh thought to some of the major privacy concerns which occupy our national debate on the subject.  We live in an era where advancements in technology give rise …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
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Sara Jean Green / Seattle Times:
Pot raid angers medical-marijuana supporter
ISSUE NUMBER ONE  —  Politics & the Economy; Inflation Skyrockets; Trouble in the Air
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Netroots Try to Label Fox News as ‘Opinion’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
L-ish Economic Prospects
McCain's Lead Among Evangelicals Smaller than Bush's in '04
Discussion: MSNBC and Top of the Ticket
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Opposites attract: VP Hagel, Lieberman?
Discussion: The Caucus, MSNBC, Time and
New York Times:
Rulings Clear Military Trial of a Detainee
Marisa Lagos / San Francisco Chronicle:
George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
‘The Maverick’ gets the branding iron
Discussion: Think Progress
Avida Landau / Reuters:
Israel makes arrests in alleged plot against Bush
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Investigation of Iraq IG Ends With No Charges
Tim Cavanaugh / Opinion L.A.:
Nation of whiners watch: Dickey Flatt speaks, biffs Baffler
Schneier on Security:
Homeland Security Cost-Benefit Analysis
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Chertoff: European terrorists trying to enter US
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Hearing-Gate Exposed!  McCain Has Worse Afghanistan Hearing Record Than Obama
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCain gets Social Security but criticizes system