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3:10 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
How Petraeus Moved The Debate, Literally  —  How far has General David Petraeus moved the debate on Iraq?  His testimony on the surge, and the effects of the surge itself, has made it much more difficult for Democrats to argue for withdrawal and defeat.  In fact, at last night's debate …
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
A Lack of Clarity  —  Thank you, Tim Russert, for dragging the truth from all the Democratic candidates about what "ending the war" actually means.  We hear these words a lot, especially from Hillary Clinton, yet Russert's questioning at MSNBC's New Hampshire debate last night revealed …
Discussion: The Caucus and Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney hits Dems on gay issue  —  Leading the way on an issue almost certain to be resurrected during the general election, Mitt Romney issued a statement this morning condemning the Democratic candidates for their refusal at last night's debate to rule out teaching about gay issues to second-graders.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Clinton Leads Among Every Major Subgroup of Democrats
Discussion: The Swamp and Pollster.com
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Saddam Risked His Life for WMD Secrets  —  The Washington Post reports on a story leaked to Spain's El Pais about a meeting between President Bush and the former Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar weeks ahead of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.  It's interesting to note how Bush discusses Saddam's signals …
Discussion: MoJoBlog, Harper's and Macsmind
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Juan Cole:
Transcript Reveals Impeachable Offenses by Bush Re: Iraq War  —  El Pais published a transcript (reprinted at this link) of the conversation between George W. Bush, Jose Maria Aznar of Spain, and Condoleeza Rice held at Crawford before the Iraq War.  Bush is typically bullheaded, impatient …
Mouth of the Potomac:
HILLARY'S TORTURE  —  Hillary Clinton flip-flopped on torture last night (and slapped Bill upside the head while doing it), saying, "As a matter of policy it cannot be American policy, period."  —  That's quite emphatic, but in October, she had quite a loophole, and she explained it in depth …
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Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Rob Reiner endorses Hillary Clinton
The Atlantic Online:
The Era of Big Government
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Gristmill
MSNBC:
Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces  —  August mission in Tora Bora almost snared 'high value target'  —  A little more than a month ago, with the anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching and fears of a new al Qaeda attack rising, some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought …
Tushar Rae / Quad City Times:
Obama's wife makes stop in Q-C  —  Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, had to cut her Wednesday visit to the Carriage Haus in downtown Davenport short.  —  Even though her husband and other Democratic candidates for president were debating one another in New Hampshire and Michelle …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Betting on Iowa  —  The Quad City Times reports today …
Charlotte Observer:
Documents point to S.C. terror plot  —  Explosives materials in car  —  In a 12-minute video posted on YouTube, an Egyptian man wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and rubber gloves explains in Arabic how to turn a toy boat into a bomb.  —  His name is Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
They "Have Our Backs", Or At Least Aren't Stabbing Us There  —  Following the condemnation of the MoveOn ad by the House and Senate the Mighty Kos of the Nutroots compiled a list of those Democrats who "we can trust to have our backs".  All the rest, we are advised, are "a fair-weather friend, at best".
Discussion: Cadillac Tight
Noor Mohammad Sherzai / Reuters:
U.S. fire scatters crowd after Afghan bomb: witness  —  BATI KOT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least one U.S. soldier opened fire to scatter a crowd of civilians and police on Thursday after failed suicide bomb attacks on a U.S. military convoy, the U.S. military and witnesses said.
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Editor and Publisher:
GALLUP: Trust in Federal Government, On Nearly All Issues, Hits New Low — Even Less Than in Watergate Era  —  NEW YORK A new Gallup poll reveals that, as the organization puts it, Americans now "express less trust in the federal government than at any point in the past decade …
Discussion: QandO and Attytood
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Scientists Feel Miscast in Film on Life's Origin  —  A few months ago, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins received an e-mail message from a producer at Rampant Films inviting him to be interviewed for a documentary called "Crossroads."  —  The film, with Ben Stein, the actor …
Los Angeles Times:
What are 'Hollywood values'?  —  If it's all about free love and hating America, how come there aren't many openly gay stars or pro-jihadi movies?  If it's all about the almighty dollar, how come Hollyweirdos disproportionately back the party that wants to tax them more?
William McCall / Associated Press:
2 Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unlawful  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.  —  U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled …
New York Times:
In a 9/11 Survival Tale, the Pieces Just Don't Fit  —  Tania Head's story, as shared over the years with reporters, students, friends and hundreds of visitors to ground zero, was a remarkable account of both life and death.  —  She had, she said, survived the terror attack …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox's Bill O'Reilly Says His Stereotypes Taken Out of Context  —  Bill O'Reilly says he thought he was dispelling stereotypes when he told his radio audience last week about his recent trip to Harlem with the Rev. Al Sharpton.  Instead, O'Reilly found himself yesterday fighting accusations of racial insensitivity.
David Stout / New York Times:
Hate-Crime Provision Clears Senate  —  The Senate voted today to extend federal hate-crime protection to people victimized because of their sexuality, but it remained doubtful that the measure would ever become law.  —  By voice vote and without dissent, the senators attached the hate-crime provision …
 
 
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Bill Maher / The Huffington Post:
New Rule: Stop Saying Iraq is Another Vietnam, it's Another Enron
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Quotes From Upcoming Newt Gingrich Interview
The Hill:
Rangel's heart tells him to undo some tax cuts
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Richard W. Bulliet / Washington Post:
Need to Know Need to Know  —  Guest Voice  —  Why I Helped …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
College Dwellers Outnumber the Imprisoned
Discussion: TalkLeft and Moon of Alabama
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Bankruptcy, Democratic-style
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Jeff Bater / Wall Street Journal:
New-Home Sales Tumble 8.3% As Prices Decline More Than 7%
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Army is worn too thin, says general
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Ex-Cheney Adviser Denies Trying To Stir War With Iran
Discussion: Think Progress
USA Today:
Illegal immigrants moving out
USA Today:
19,000 insurgents killed in Iraq since '03
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Good Night for the Republican Nominee
The Corner:
Blowing smoke  —  Okay, Muslim foot-baths in Kansas City airport …
 

 
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