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5:15 PM ET, September 18, 2007

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Michelle Malkin:
Student tasered at John Kerry forum Update: A University of Florida student/eyewitness shares what he saw; 12:15 pm Eastern 9/18 update: Another UF student speaks; Update: UF president schedules 2pm press conference...plus: Andrew Meyer, professional taunter  —  Update 3:10pm Eastern 9/18.
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Nick Antosca / The Huffington Post:
Kerry Should be Ashamed, and the Cop Who Tased Andrew Meyer Should be Jailed  —  By now I'm sure you've seen the videos of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer being attacked and tasered by university police at a John Kerry speaking event.  If not, here's one, here's another, and here's another.
Rick Klein / Political Radar:
Kerry Condemns Heckler Arrest  —  ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday comdemned the arrest of a University of Florida student at one of his speeches, saying that he was engaged in a "good healthy discussion" with 21-year-old Andrew Meyer when he was Tasered and taken into custody.
Associated Press:
Student Zapped With Taser Caught On Tape  —  Florida Student Who Questioned John Kerry To Be In Court  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida student was Tasered and arrested after trying to ask U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., about the 2004 election and other subjects during a campus forum.
Gallup Poll:
Giuliani still leads GOP race; Thompson in second place  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to lead the national race for the Republican presidential nomination, although his support has faded to one of its lowest readings of the year.
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Kathy Barks Hoffman / Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Attorney general to quit as McCain's campaign chair
Discussion: TPM Election Central and D-Day
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:   Elder Bush backs McCain's pro-war stance
Karl Rove / Opinion Journal:
Republicans Can Win on Health Care  —  A market-based system can give us freedom, innovation and health security.  —  All around America, families are grappling with health-care concerns.  They wonder if they'll have insurance at a price they can afford.  They worry about how much out-of …
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Clinton on health care
Discussion: The Corner
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
The Constitution Needs Your Help Today  —  Let's hit the phones this morning, people.  The Habeas Restoration Act is being put forth again — by Sens. Leahy and Dodd, among others — and they are asking for our help.  Please call your Senators this morning and tell them to support Amendment S. 2202 …
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iraq Diary: Jammers Beat Bombers (Which May Be Bad News)  —  Radio-controlled bombs used to be the biggest killer of American troops in Iraq.  Now, they've been rendered all-but-useless.  Good news, right?  Like so much else in Iraq, it's not quite that simple.
CREW:
CREW releases "Beyond DeLay: The 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and two to watch)"  —  Today, CREW released its third annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress entitled Beyond DeLay: The 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and two to watch).
Bryan / Hot Air:
Hot Air TV: Rep. Jack Murtha confronted about Haditha accusations Updated  —  We've just obtained video of Rep. Jack Murtha being directly confronted over repeatedly accusing the Haditha Marines of murdering Iraqis "in cold blood."  I'm editing and processing it now, so we should have it online before too long.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
D.C. Vote Bill Dies in Senate  —  Republican lawmakers today blocked the Senate from taking up the D.C. voting rights bill, dealing a major blow to the District's most promising effort in years to get a full member of Congress.  —  The vote was merely on whether to begin action on the bill.
Dominic Gates / Seattle Times:
Fired engineer calls 787's plastic fuselage unsafe  —  A former senior aerospace engineer at Boeing's Phantom Works research unit, fired last year under disputed circumstances, is going public with concerns that the new 787 Dreamliner is unsafe.  —  Forty-six-year veteran Vince Weldon contends …
Horses Mouth:
Glenn Greenwald and Atrios have already taken solid whacks today at the media idiocy surrounding the GOP attack on Dems for not condemning MoveOn's Petraeus ad.  But the worst media offender by far has to be The Washington Post's Richard Cohen.  —  Incredibly, Cohen today devotes an entire column …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Eschaton
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Is 'Do Unto Others' Written Into Our Genes?  —  Many people will say it is morally acceptable to pull a switch that diverts a train, killing just one person instead of the five on the other track.  But if asked to save the same five lives by throwing a person in the train's path, people will say the action is wrong.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
MoveOn.org and the media mess  —  Last Monday, on the same day that Gen. David Petraeus was testifying before Congress about how important progress was being made in Iraq, the Pentagon announced that nine American service members had died that day in Iraq.  Given the death toll to date …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Waxman: State Dept. Official Thwarted Probes  —  Howard J. Krongard, the State Department's inspector general, has repeatedly thwarted investigations and censored reports that might prove politically embarrassing to the Bush administration, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight …
Discussion: Firedoglake, unbossed.com and The Gavel
 
 
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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