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August 3, 2007

There's not a ton of good news coming out of Congress these days, so it's nice to see that the Senate passed a bipartisan SCHIP bill with a 68-31 majority--enough to override the promised White House veto. Most senators, in the end, weren't scared off by conservative rants about "socialized medicine" and Michael Moore. What a surprise.

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A pro-surge uniformed military interloper stands up at a YearlyKos convention panel with dramatic results. Ezra Klein cringes a bit at the response.

--Michael Crowley

Today's NYT takes a look at some of the folks who have given money to Fred Thompson's (proto) campaign. One such "Fred Head" is Jack Overstreet, a big-time Republican donor from Colorado who'd previously contributed to Mitt Romney. But, as the Times explains, Overstreet

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A few things about Jamie's post below, in which he quotes an email from Eli Lake, the excellent New York Sun reporter and (another mark in his favor) contributor to Bloggingheads.tv:

First, Jamie ignores Iraq, which he says is too big a subject to engage in a blog post. I'll just assume, however, that he doesn't think the war has been a shining success.

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At my back-in-the-day former employer, the Boston Phoenix, Steven Stark laments John Edwards's chances at the nomination. Why?

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Once again, life imitates "The Thick of It": Alex Massie reads Alastair Campbell's diaries and finds Tony Blair hilariously dishing about his fellow European leaders.

--Michael Crowley

It's all getting a little too meta right now at YearlyKos, and Plank-reader and blog virgin Hendrik Hertzberg seems to be feeling right at home.

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Why is Alberto Gonzalez still our Attorney General? Time explains it all. The gist: Because he's protecting the White House from even more investigations. Sweet.

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Juicy stuff from the Times:

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August 2, 2007

Eliza's Griswold's informative piece in the current issue of TNR has been generating some debate between, among others, James Kirchick and Matt Yglesias.

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