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11:00 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.
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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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Greatest Admirer  —  Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.  He figures it would be a nice backdrop.  The supporting cast — a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins — would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
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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 …
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James Risen / New York Times:
Electrical Risks at Bases in Iraq Worse Than Previously Said  —  WASHINGTON — Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents.
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Ignorance Watch  —  Barack Obama delivered a speech in West Lafeyette, IN on Wednesday and once again mangled some well known historical facts: … Aaah yes - “the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor.”  Who can forget that?  It was the big one, the one that took out all those boats.
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
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CNN:   ISSUE NUMBER ONE  —  Politics & the Economy; Inflation Skyrockets; Trouble in the Air
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
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Associated Press:
Voters to decide on naming sewage plant for Bush  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — A measure seeking to commemorate President Bush's years in office by slapping his name on a San Francisco sewage plant has qualified for the November ballot.  —  The measure certified Thursday would rename …
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Marisa Lagos / San Francisco Chronicle:
George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot
Newsweek:
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.
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Mukasey the Obstructionist  —  Michael Mukasey has President Bush's back.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
L-ish Economic Prospects  —  Home prices are in free fall.  Unemployment is rising.  Consumer confidence is plumbing depths not seen since 1980.  When will it all end?  —  The answer is, probably not until 2010 or later.  Barack Obama, take notice.  —  It's true that some prognosticators …
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.
Avida Landau / Reuters:
Israel makes arrests in alleged plot against Bush  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel accused six Arabs on Friday of trying to set up an al Qaeda cell in Israel and said one of them had proposed attacking helicopters used during a visit by President George W. Bush.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Poll: McCain backers' excitement lags Obama voters  —  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 …
 
 
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
McCain's attacks get more reckless, less responsible
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Real FISA Issue
Sara Jean Green / Seattle Times:
Pot raid angers medical-marijuana supporter
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Netroots Try to Label Fox News as ‘Opinion’
PewForum.org:
McCain's Lead Among Evangelicals Smaller than Bush's in '04
Discussion: MSNBC and Top of the Ticket
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Case Against Charlie Crist
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The Politico:
‘The Maverick’ gets the branding iron
Discussion: Think Progress
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Investigation of Iraq IG Ends With No Charges
Tim Cavanaugh / Opinion L.A.:
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Schneier on Security:
Homeland Security Cost-Benefit Analysis
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Chertoff: European terrorists trying to enter US
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Bob Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Judges Are No Reason to Vote for McCain
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCain gets Social Security but criticizes system