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7:40 AM ET, September 28, 2007

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Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: Service members who support U.S. withdrawal are "phony soldiers"  —  During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq "phony soldiers."  He made the comment while discussing …
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Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
So I'm a "Phony Soldier," Rush?  —  As Media Matters reported today, Rush Limbaugh, on his show said that those troops who come home and want to get America out of the middle of the religious civil war in Iraq are "phony soldiers."  I'd love for you, Rush, to have me on your show and tell that to me to my face.
John Bruhns / AMERICAblog:
My thoughts on Rush  —  Sorry to once again "preach to the choir."
Discussion: All Spin Zone and Cliff Schecter
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Electoral initiative backers give up  —  Plagued by a lack of money, supporters of a statewide initiative drive to change the way California's 55 electoral votes are apportioned, first revealed here by Top of the Ticket in July, are pulling the plug on that effort.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   ELECTORAL COLLEGE HIJINKS....Remember that cute little piece …
CNN:
Edwards eyes $105M from public kitty  —  ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS, New Hampshire (CNN) — Former Sen. John Edwards Thursday said he will accept public financing for his presidential campaign, and challenged his chief rivals for the Democratic nomination, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, to follow his lead.
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The Atlantic Online:
Why Did Edwards Do This? Pros and Cons
Greg Simmons / Fox News:
Washington, D.C., Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Cindy Sheehan  —  WASHINGTON — A bench warrant was issued Thursday for antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who did not appear for arraignment Thursday in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to face charges related to her Sept. 10 disorderly conduct arrest on Capitol Hill.
Guardian:
The Islamic Reformation  —  Those who call for an Islamic 'Reformation' are missing the point: it has already happened, unfortunately.  —  Since 2001 a plethora of writers have made calls for an Islamic "Reformation".  Many hopes (and careers) are pinned on the idea, but there is no such thing coming.
Discussion: Dean's World
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Cigarette surveillance program begins today  —  Motorists bringing large numbers of smokes into state will be charged  —  NASHVILLE — Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Distances Himself From Clinton, on Her Turf  —  Senator Barack Obama implored thousands of admirers who gathered last night in New York City to set aside their distrust in politics and believe in the long-term possibility of his presidential candidacy even though, he conceded, "there are easier choices to make in this election."
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Jo Piazza / NY Daily News:
Singles will check out eligible candidates at Obama rally
Discussion: The Swamp, Gawker and Comment Central
Rachel Sklar / The Huffington Post:
Liveblog!  GOP Black Voter Forum: Half The Candidates, Double The Fun!  —  Hello, and welcome to Baltimore and Morgan State University for the first-ever PBS Black Voter Forum, proud to welcome half the GOP presidential candidates!  In honor of same, tonight we've got half the liveblogging staff …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Debate welcomes 'home viewers:' GOP candidates
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
CNN:
Mistake costs dishwasher $59,000  —  MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — For 11 years, Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, lived his version of the American dream in Stuart, Florida: washing dishes and living frugally to bring money back to his home country.
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and NewsBusters.org
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Foto Funnies Pt. II  —  From Little Green Footballs, 9/21/07:  —  Above: Screen-capture of LGF post  —  That's a reprinted press release from David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.  The text reads, "The photo accompanying this article, which shows a teenage girl buried before being stoned to death …
CNN:
Kids' health bill passes despite veto threat  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate voted 67-29 Thursday night to expand the State Children's Health Insurance program by up to 4 million children, a measure President Bush has vowed to veto.  —  The bipartisan House and Senate deal …
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Following Bush Over a Cliff
William Tucker / American Spectator:
The Nuclear Renaissance Begins  —  If you're tracking the nuclear power revival in America, last Tuesday, September 25, was a milestone.  For the first time since 1973, a new application for building a reactor was placed before the federal government.  —  The applicant was NRG Energy …
The Corner:
We are the world  —  Before Katie Couric's confession that "saying 'we' when referring to the United States" makes her uncomfortable fades from the news cycle, two observations:  —  1) You'd be hard put to find anything more institutionally uninterested in the world than TV news.
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai  —  As I noted the other day, Burmese bloggers have been crucial whistleblowers and eyewitnesses to history-supplying the world with round-the-clock coverage and photos of their oppressive regime's crackdown.
Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery  —  Those who want to discredit the United States and to deny our role as history's most powerful and pre-eminent force for freedom, goodness and human dignity invariably focus on America's bloody past as a slave-holding nation.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Crooked Timber
 
 
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Msprengelmeyer / M.E. Sprengelmeyer:
Tancredo's takes DURING the Dem debate
Guardian:
Struggling alone  —  The international community's failure …
Michelle Malkin:
Miller Beer steps in it again: The Folsom Street Fair fiasco
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MY ANALYSIS OF THE OREGON FISA DECISION: Yesterday …
YID With LID:
U.S. State Dept Funded "No Jews Allowed" Program
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Mychael Bell of Jena 6 Makes Bail
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Heroes are not Replicable
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Live Blog: Solutions Day Launch
William J. Kole / Associated Press:
Court won't declare chimp a person
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Dan Rather stands by his story
Washington Wire:
Barney Frank Takes Up Fight — for Republicans
Charles Dharapak / Newsweek:
Bob Gates's Victory
Discussion: INTEL DUMP
Center for American Progress:
What Are You Paying for the War?  —  State-by-State Cost Breakdowns