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2:45 PM ET, October 31, 2007

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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama, Edwards attack; Clinton bombs debate  —  PHILADELPHIA - - We now know something that we did not know before: When Hillary Clinton has a bad night, she really has a bad night.  —  In a debate against six Democratic opponents at Drexel University here Tuesday, Clinton gave the worst performance of her entire campaign.
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New York Times:
The Democratic Debate on MSNBC  —  The following is a transcript of the Democratic Presidential debate in Philadelphia, as provided by Federal News Service.  —  PARTICIPANTS:  —  FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC)  —  SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)  —  MODERATORS:  —  MR. WILLIAMS: Senator Obama, we'll begin with you.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Clinton On The Ropes  —  One thing that strikes me about these debates: the Democrats are much more boring than the Republicans.  I'm not entirely sure why.  My hunch is that the Democrats actually think they may need to govern the country, and the Republicans are still just having some fun in the post-Bush wreckage.
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Going Negative on Clinton Is A Mistake  —  If one of the cardinal rules of progressive politics is that you never repeat the talking points by which your opponents beat up on your own party, then what are we to think of last night's Democratic debate, in which a principal tactic used …
Discussion: The Newshoggers, Reuters and PSoTD
Bryan / Hot Air:
Video: Hillary Clinton flip flops around Eliot Spitzer's licenses …
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
DEBATE WRAP-UP, II.
Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
LICENSES AND PRIVILEGE.  —  Several things from last night's debate stood out for me.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
New York Times:
A Pitched Debate: Clinton Hears It From Her Rivals
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Longtime Bush adviser leaving State  —  WASHINGTON - Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush's last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year.
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William Branigin / Washington Post:   Bush Advisor Hughes Leaving State Department
Jeffrey Mize / Columbian:
Police report sheds new light on Curtis encounter  —  State Rep. Richard Curtis, R-La Center, admitted to having sex with a man he met at an adult video store in Spokane last week, according to a police report released Tuesday afternoon.  —  The police report offers a damning and far different version …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jay Rockefeller channels Dick Cheney's fear-mongering to urge telecom amnesty  —  Leading telecom advocate Fred Hiatt this morning turned over his Washington Post Op-Ed page today to leading telecom advocate Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman …
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John D. Rockefeller IV / Washington Post:
Partners In the War On Terror
Discussion: Opinion Journal and Balkinization
Military.com:
Navy Destroyer Battles Pirates  —  Sailors from the Norfolk-based destroyer James E. Williams boarded a North Korean merchant ship that had been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, while two other Navy vessels tailed a pirated Japanese ship in the same region.
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Judge Who Lost Pant Suit Loses Job  —  Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge who lost his $54 million lawsuit against a Northeast Washington dry cleaner, lost his job yesterday and was ordered to vacate his office, sources said.  —  Pearson, 57, who had served as a judge for two years …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Hillary la Française, Cherchez la Femme?  —  It's an odd cultural inversion.  —  The French first lady, the one in a role where wives traditionally ignored and overlooked their husbands' peccadilloes for the greater gain of keeping their marriages intact and running the Élysée Palace …
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Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire:
The Chicks Are Back  —  It's hardly news that Maureen Dowd …
Discussion: Eschaton and TalkLeft
Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press:
Officials: Boy With Matches Started Fire  —  SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Officials blamed a wildfire that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week on a boy playing with matches, and said they would ask a prosecutor to consider the case.
Matt Margolis / Blogs for Bush:
FEC Complaint Filed Against Hillary Clinton for President Committee  —  How much longer are we going to let the crimes of Democrats, particularly those of the Clinton Machine, go unpunished?  As the co-authors of a book about the rampant corruption in the Democratic Party …
Associated Press:
Tax law: Are you eating those pumpkins?  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Revenue is taxing jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween.  The new department policy was implemented after officials decided that pumpkins are used primarily for Halloween decorations, not food, and should be taxed …
The Atlantic Online:
Everything Sucks, I Blame Mexicans  —  Given that the basic conclusion is that the public is really unhappy with Bush, the Republicans, and the status quo there's something pretty depressing about this Democracy Corps (PDF) strategy memo based on some polls and focus groups.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Giuliani's Prostate Cancer Figure Is Disputed  —  In a radio advertisement playing in New Hampshire and in speeches along the campaign trail, Rudolph W. Giuliani has cited statistics to cut at the heart of his Democratic rivals' health care proposals, which he has derided as European-style …
The Fix:
UFOs and Alien Life  —  In the weird last minutes of the debate (the period, by the way, when The Fix made it onto the basketball court in high school) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) gave us a highlight.  —  Asked about the statement by actress Shirley MacLaine that Kucinich had seen a UFO at her house, Kucinich said that he had.
 
 
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Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
THE ROCKY REFERENCE.  —  A friend e-mailed with an explanation …
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Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
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Michelle Malkin:
The vote on LOST: American sovereignty on the line; Vote-17-4 …
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