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2:30 PM ET, October 23, 2007

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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
House bid to censure Stark falls short  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans failed in an effort Tuesday to have the House censure Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who said in a congressional speech last week that U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq "to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
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Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Pelosi to launch PR blitz to beat '08 media frenzy  —  Nearly one year after recapturing control of Congress, House Democratic leaders will embark on a publicity blitz starting in November to combat a dismal 25 percent approval rating.  —  Democratic leadership aides huddled with rank …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Single gaffe can derail a message  —  Last week's vote on overriding President Bush's children's health insurance veto should have been a brief respite from a pretty tough week for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  —  After being forced to back away from votes on Armenian genocide …
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Stark makes tearful apology, censure fails  —  Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) apologized to the House Tuesday for controversial comments he made about the Iraq war, following an unsuccessful attempt by House Republican leaders to publicly censure the 18-term lawmaker.
Discussion: Wake up America and On Deadline
DownWithTyranny!:
REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITES FAIL IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO FORCE CONGRESS TO CONDEMN PETE STARK
Discussion: Firedoglake and Crooks and Liars
Michelle Malkin:
GOP moves to censure Pete StarkRavingMad; Update: Stark "apologizes" …
Discussion: Hot Air, Say Anything and Open Left
Scott Lindlaw / Associated Press:
Civility Reigns at San Diego Stadium  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) - Like Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years earlier in New Orleans, thousands of people rousted by natural disaster fled to the NFL stadium here, waiting out the calamity and worrying about their homes.
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
In Iraq, Conflict Simmers on a 2nd Kurdish Front  —  Deadly raids into Turkey by Kurdish militants holed up in northern Iraq are the focus of urgent diplomacy, with Turkey threatening invasion of Iraq and the United States begging for restraint while expressing solidarity with Turkish anger.
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Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
ISLAMO-FASCISM LAMENESS- HOROWITZ SUCKED HOOVER  —  What a let down.  My buddy Ebo and I attended Horowitz' opening night of Islamo-Fascism Awareness week and if this is our answer to sharia, then I guess Dirka Dirka Mohammed Jihad it will be.  —  Both of us were predisposed to agree wth …
Discussion: Althouse, Solomonia and Bookworm Room
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Islamofascism  —  Did you know it was Islamofascism Awareness Week?  And have you thought about what you're going to do to raise awareness about this concept the loss of which would be such a devastating blow to the vanity and intellectual pretensions of countless right-wing bloggers …
Editor and Publisher:
Stephen Colbert Moves Ahead of Richardson, Closes in on Biden, in National Poll!  —  NEW YORK He's been "in" the race for less than a week, and already faux-pundit Stephen Colbert has surged ahead of longtime candidate Gov. Bill Richardson in one national poll gauging the race for the Democratic nod for president.
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Thompson's Plan to Fight Illegal Immigration  —  From Thompson campaign:  —  Thompson Announces Plan to Secure Border, Enforce Existing Immigration Laws  —  Senator Fred Thompson today unveiled a comprehensive border security and immigration enforcement proposal that would make America safer …
Michelle Malkin:
Wildfires and environmental obstructionism  —  Nearly 300,000 Southern California residents have now been evacuated as wildfires spread across the region: … Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling up the National Guard and asking for military support.  President Bush has declared a state of emergency.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Rips Romney for Obama-Osama Gaffe  —  ABC News' Matt Stuart and Teddy Davis Report: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney repeatedly invoked the name of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Tuesday while talking about an audio tape released earlier this week by Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The NYTimes is Shameless  —  From the first line of today's editorial: … What can you say to that?  The editors at the Times have clearly stopped reading their own newspaper.  Here's an AP story published in today's paper: … That's the lede...I'm sure the AP would have stacked it with bad news if they could have.
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Cindy Horswell / Houston Chronicle:
Liberty outraged over grave desecration  —  Police seek suspects for the damage done at Marine's plot  —  LIBERTY — To Jeremy Burris the word "liberty" was more than the name of his hometown.  It was something worth fighting for.  —  An all-American kid from a little all-American town …
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Kucinich Had A UFO Encounter, According To Friend Shirley MacLaine  —  In Shirley MacLaine's new book, the actress and longtime friend of Dennis Kucinich makes an interesting claim: During a visit to her home in Washington state, Kucinich said he saw a UFO and heard messages from it.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Please Welcome Senator Chris Dodd  —  Senator Chris Dodd joins us today from Iowa to discuss his decision to oppose retroactive immunity for the telecom companies from the upcoming FISA bill.  —  Dodd is acting in the tradition of Robert Kennedy, who himself vigorously opposed such action:
Guardian:
Welcome to Guardian America  —  Today we launch a new website, bringing the Guardian's award-winning news and commentary to readers on the other side of the Atlantic.  —  Hello there.  So what is Guardian America, what makes a British newspaper think that Americans will want to imbibe …
Discussion: mediabistro.com and BuzzMachine
Postcards from the Trail:
U.S. Senate candidate Mikal Watts withdraws from race  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mikal Watts has withdrawn from the race, citing family reasons.  —  Statement from Mikal Watts:  —  For the last five months I have been exploring a race for the United States Senate because I believe …
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Limbaugh calls female MSNBC anchor 'wifey' and 'whiney.'
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Washington Post:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
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Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
The Coming War  —  The most telling moment from Sunday's GOP debate …
Discussion: QandO and Blogs for Bush
Gary L. McDowell / Opinion Journal:
The War for the Constitution
Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
More Debtors Use Bankruptcy To Keep Homes
Discussion: The Big Picture
Jed Rubenfeld / New York Times:
Lawbreaker in Chief  —  AT his confirmation hearings last week …