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5:10 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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Democrats Blast Limbaugh For Saying That Antiwar Troops Are "Phony Soldiers"  —  As we reported earlier today over at The Horse's Mouth, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show that soldiers who favor U.S. withdrawal from Iraq are "phony soldiers."  —  The assertion — reminiscent of MoveOn's attack …
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
Discussion: MyDD and The Politico
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Edwards will take matching funds, if...
Discussion: The Politico
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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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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Debate welcomes 'home viewers:' GOP candidates  —  At the debate for Republicans at a historically black college campus in Maryland tonight — the debate that all of the leading Republican candidates for president snubbed — radio personality Tom Joyner offered a special welcome to the "home viewing audience'' from the stage:
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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Rachel Sklar / The Huffington Post:
Liveblog! GOP Black Voter Forum: Half The Candidates, Double The Fun!
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
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: NewsBusters.org
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.
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
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Dan Rather stands by his story  —  His lawsuit will attempt to show that CBS tried to suppress the report on Bush's National Guard Service and the Abu Ghraib abuses.  —  Dan Rather talks on the Fox News show "Your World" about the state of television news, June 12, 2007.
 
 
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