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8:50 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.
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The (Annotated) Gore Energy Speech
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 …
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
DNC sets up independent operation to help Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee plans to target Republican John McCain and help Democrat Barack Obama with an independent ad campaign run by veteran Democratic strategist Jonathan Prince, Democrats familiar with the decision said Thursday.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Obsidian Wings
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 …
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.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Tony Snow: Farewell To the Light Heart  —  ‘He Looked at the World in a Joyful Way’  —  Yesterday's funeral for Tony Snow was a grand send-off: a Mass, a tribute by President Bush, and more than 1,000 mourners, including an all-star lineup of Washington's political and media elite.
Discussion: DCist
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White House:
President Bush Attends Funeral Service for Tony Snow
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Flopping Aces
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 …
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCain gets Social Security but criticizes system  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Although Republican presidential candidate John McCain has called Social Security “a disgrace,” he still cashes his own retirement check every month.  —  “I'm receiving the benefits, the system is broken and …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Hearing-Gate Exposed!  McCain Has Worse Afghanistan Hearing Record Than Obama  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: The McCain campaign criticism of Sen. Barack Obama's hearing record on Capitol Hill led us to put the shoe on the other foot.
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.
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Chertoff: European terrorists trying to enter US  —  WASHINGTON - European terrorists are trying to enter the United States with European Union passports, and there is no guarantee officials will catch them every time, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ryan / Think Progress:
Ashcroft: Waterboarding ‘Consistently’ Seen As Legal, Refuses To Say Use On U.S. Troops Is ‘Unacceptable’  —  During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today, former Attorney General John Ashcroft falsely claimed that waterboarding has “consistently” been defined as “not torture” …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election  —  North Carolina: McCain Still Struggling in Historically Red State  —  The race is still close between John McCain and Barack Obama in the traditionally red state of North Carolina.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds McCain ahead 45% …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election
 
 
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Agence France Presse:
Fierce pressure on Obama in Europe-Mideast tour
Discussion: Commentary
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
New York Post:
THE WAY TO BOX IN BARACK ON IRAQ
Discussion: marbury and TIME.com
Bob Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Judges Are No Reason to Vote for McCain
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
GNP: Partisan and Meta-Partisan Critiques
Discussion: The American Scene and Eunomia
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Sen Larry Craig: Don't let foreigners “jerk us around by the gas nozzle”
 Earlier Items: 
Think Progress:
Rove: 'This Administration Put More Into Alternative Energy Research …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Maybe McCain should have ‘adopted’ a consistent position
Discussion: The RBC
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Glamour Magazine Interview
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shares Rise as Oil Continues to Fall
CNN:
Judge refuses to delay detainee trial
Discussion: the talking dog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
“I've never seen a comic book with the phrase ‘anal sodomy’ in it before.”
Sean Tevis for Kansas State Representative:
Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll …
 

 
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Wall Street Journal:
The FTC bans noncompete clauses that restrict job switching, the first time in 50+ years that the FTC has issued a regulation mandating an economy-wide change

Victoria Song / The Verge:
Meta's Ray-Ban Smart Glasses get support for video calling via WhatsApp and Messenger, hands-free Apple Music controls, and a new frame style

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Tesla teases a ridehailing function in its app and says its robotaxi will be “purpose-built”, suggesting it will be built from the ground up to be self-driving

 
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