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4:15 PM ET, October 25, 2007

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Irenep / Michael Yon:
Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances  —  October 25, 2007  —  Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances: Pass it Along  —  I'd known that General Petraeus was once accidentally shot in the chest, but I first heard the full story this summer in Baqubah, from an eyewitness whose account I wrote about in Second Chances.
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Army Acknowledges Leaking Beauchamp Docs To Drudge, Promises Investigation  —  Updated below.  —  There's been a very interesting turn in the saga of The New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist," the American soldier in Iraq who's been accused of fabricating negative stories about U.S. troops and publishing them in the mag.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Baghdad Diarist Was On Guard When Questioned by Editors  —  The soldier whose New Republic article about military cruelty in Iraq was labeled false by Army investigators refused to defend his accusations when questioned by the magazine, even after being told that the editors could no longer support him unless he cooperated.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Yon: Beauchamp's Honor
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
In His Words: Giuliani on Torture  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — At a town hall meeting here last night, Rudolph W. Giuliani expanded upon his views of torture.  Here is a transcript of the exchange.  —  Linda Gustitus, who is the president of a group called the National Religious Campaign Against Torture …
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Salon:
Glenn Greenwald  —  Anonymous Liberal for Glenn Greenwald: Giuliani on torture  —  In his book, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin described his experience being tortured by sleep deprivation at the hands of the KGB: … Here's U.S. presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, speaking at a town hall event in Iowa yesterday:
Docweasel / docweaselblog:
Bobby Caina Calvan Blog : the entire post with comments preserved  —  UPDATE: Good gracious, blogging since '97 and my first Instalanche.  Thank you Mr. Reynolds!  Thank you AOSHQ and the lovely and talented Michelle Malkin as well.  —  The entire site is 404′d, and the comments were the sweetest plum!
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Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
'55 'Origin of Life' Paper Is Retracted  —  In January 1955, Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, published a paper called "Information, Reproduction and the Origin of Life" in American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society.
Discussion: Pharyngula and DefCon Blog
Faiz / Think Progress:
Thompson Downplays Iraq Insurgency: 'A Bunch Of Kids With Improvised Explosive Devices'  —  Speaking during a stop in South Carolina today, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) downplayed the Iraq insurgency as child's play.  The insurgency is made up of "a bunch of kids with improvised explosive devices," Thompson said:
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CNN Political Ticker:   Thompson: Iraqi insurgents 'a bunch of kids' with IEDs
Little Green Footballs:
Ted Rall: Only Idiots Die in Iraq, US IQ Soars  —  Here's a look into the squirmy, ugly mind of Ted Rall, whose latest cartoon about US troops in Iraq says: "Only idiots signed up; only idiots died.  Back home, the average I.Q. soared."  —  (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Faiz / Think Progress:
Cheney falls asleep during Cabinet meeting on wildfires.  —  During a cabinet meeting yesterday, Vice President Cheney fell asleep on camera while President Bush was discussing wildfires in California.  A Cheney spokeswoman "laughed it off," telling CNN that the vice president was "practicing meditation."
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Frank James / The Swamp:   Cheney catches some zzzs while California burns
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Ron Paul Wars  —  RedState defends its decision to bar future posters from supporting Ron Paul: … I don't think I qualify as a Neo-Nazi or a Code Pink activist.  Full Wired story here.  But here's a simple message to Ron Paul supporters.  You're welcome here.
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Satellite Photos Show Cleansing of Syrian Site  —  New commercial satellite photos show that a Syrian site believed to have been attacked by Israel last month no longer bears any obvious traces of what some analysts said appeared to have been a partly built nuclear reactor.
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Student hounds prof running for Congress  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A politically conservative student armed with a video camera and a Web site is trying to force a Democratic congressional candidate out of his teaching job at Central Michigan University.  —  Dennis Lennox, a 23-year-old junior …
John Feehery / The Hill:
Dems Are Out of Touch on Taxes  —  Earlier this year, The Tax Foundation released a poll about the attitudes that Americans have towards the tax code.  It found that a majority of U.S. adults believe the federal tax code is complex, that the federal income taxes they pay are "too high," …
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: Hello.  I have two announcements and then a scheduling update, and then we'll go to questions.  First of all, this is a statement by the President that we will release, so this is in his words: The confirmation of Judge Leslie Southwick …
Col. David Hunt / Fox News:
America Could Have Killed Usama bin Laden — But Didn't  —  Because there is no shortage of things to yell about regarding the War on Terror, Iraq, Afghanistan, Homeland Security, and so on, deciding what to write about is always fun.  —  This week, I was going to yell about how the Bush …
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Academic Freedom?  —  Yesterday, the University of Delaware asked Asaf Romirowsky to step down from an academic panel at the University of Delaware because another panelist, University of Delaware political scientist Muqtedar Khan, didn't want to share the podium with anyone who served in the Israeli Defense Forces.
 
 
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Lambert / Corrente:
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The Atlantic Online:
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Haaretz:
Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
John McCain and the GOP: Trapped in the 1960s
Washington Post:
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Michelle Malkin:
Soros-backed Medicare insurer raided by FBI
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Time for the Bundesmacht