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10:10 AM ET, November 13, 2007

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The Politico:
Democrats zero for 40 on Iraq  —  As the congressional session lurches toward a close, Democrats are confronting some demoralizing arithmetic on Iraq.  —  The numbers tell a story of political and substantive paralysis more starkly than most members are willing to acknowledge publicly, or perhaps even to themselves.
Associated Press:
La. Pol's 'Buckwheat' Remark Sparks Ire  —  HOUMA, La. (AP) — A white state lawmaker in a runoff election called a black civil-rights veteran who had helped her campaign "Buckwheat," prompting the NAACP to urge voters to kick her out of office.  —  Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat …
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Candidate Apologizes For 'Buckwheat' Remark  —  HOUMA, La. — A state representative in a runoff election infuriated civil rights leaders after she ended a conversation with the mother of the NAACP's local president by saying, "Talk to you later, Buckwheat."
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Voters dismiss 'piling on' charge  —  Most Americans reject the charge that other presidential candidates are "piling on" Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a new Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll.  —  Only 25 percent of voters said recent criticism …
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME
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Josh White / Washington Post:
'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say  —  The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"— including higher oil prices …
Dominic Kennedy / Times of London:
Gays should be hanged, says Iranian minister  —  Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learnt.  —  Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Righting Reagan's Wrongs?  —  Let's set the record straight on Ronald Reagan's campaign kickoff in 1980.  —  Early one morning in the late spring of 1964, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, her husband, Robert, and their 17-year-old son, David, said goodbye to David's brother, Andrew, who was 20.
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Panel May Cut Sentences For Crack  —  An independent panel is considering reducing the sentences of inmates incarcerated in federal prisons for crack cocaine offenses, which would make thousands of people immediately eligible to be freed.  —  The U.S. Sentencing Commission …
Alan Krueger / AMERICAN.COM:
What Makes a Terrorist  —  It's not poverty and lack of education, according to economic research by Princeton's ALAN KRUEGER.  Look elsewhere.  —  In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, policymakers, scholars, and ordinary citizens asked a key question …
Discussion: Macsmind and Done With Mirrors
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
McCain asks donors not to contribute to shadow group  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday asked his donors not to contribute any money to a group in South Carolina said to be running ads on his behalf.  —  In a letter to donors, McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis said the Foundation …
Doug Wilson / Townhall.com:
Self-Reliance for the Good of Others  —  At a time of great difficulty for Republicans, one might think that self-reliance, long a hallmark of the Grand Old Party, would fall out of favor with the American people.  It would be fair to suspect that Americans might look around and …
Discussion: BizzyBlog and NewsBusters.org
USA Today:
Dems profit as 113 campaign donors near $108K cap  —  WASHINGTON — Dozens of donors are nearing the $108,200 cap on federal campaign contributions for the 2008 elections in a sign of the record-breaking cost of the White House race, an analysis conducted for USA TODAY shows.
William Saletan / Slate:
CAN TEEN SEX PREVENT DELINQUENCY?  —  Discoveries of genetic differences between races are worrying intellectuals.  Benefits of finding differences: 1) It helps us understand diseases.  2) It helps people clarify their ancestry.  3) It helps us target drugs and prenatal tests to populations likely to benefit from them.
BBC:
Fatah members rounded up in Gaza  —  Hamas says it has rounded up dozens of Fatah activists in Gaza, a day after a huge rally commemorating Yasser Arafat ended in gunfire killing seven people.  —  Witnesses say security forces opened fire on unarmed crowds after the rally turned into a protest …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Creative Destruction  —  The best case against universal health care.  —  More than a decade ago, Michael Kinsley, the journalist and former editor of this magazine, developed Parkinson's disease—a degenerative condition that impairs motor and speech control, producing tremors, rigidity, and eventually severe disability.
 
 
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Military Reporter Recalls Bush's Objections To Iraq Invasion …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
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