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3:50 PM ET, September 28, 2007

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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
What Limbaugh Said  —  The folks on the Left are beside themselves today—thinking that by dint of a truncated quote, they will succeed in shutting down Rush Limbaugh and taking him off the air.  Before lining up next to the folks from Crooks and Liars, FireDogLake, Media Matters, ThinkProgress …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Dems seize on Limbaugh's 'phony soldiers' comment  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In the wake of the high-profile uproar from Republicans over a MoveOn.org ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus, Democrats are seizing on recent comments from popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh …
Horses Mouth:
As you all know, Rush Limbaugh is now coming under fire for saying that troops who favor U.S. withdrawal from Iraq are "phony soldiers."  —  As you also know, President Bush was recently asked at a press conference to comment on the MoveOn ad attacking Mighty Scholar-Warrior Petraeus.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Huffington Post:
Audio: Limbaugh Calls Iraq Vet "Staff Puke," Claims He Volunteered For War "To Pad [His] Resume"  —  Audio has surfaced of Rush Limbaugh viciously attacking another Iraq war veteran who was critical of President Bush's war policy.  —  Paul Hackett served in the 1st Marine Division in Ramadi and Fallujah during 2004 and 2005.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: White House Faults Rush Limbaugh Over "Phony Soldiers" Comment
Discussion: Corrente
Faiz / Think Progress:
Senate Democratic Leaders Demand Apology For Limbaugh's 'Outrageous …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
PageOneQ.com Latest:
US Congressman owned home with another man, took DC tax deduction while voting in NC  —  Congressman Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC), right, purchased a residence in Washington, DC's Capital Hill neighborhood with another man, PageOneQ has learned.  While he owned the home, McHenry …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hired Gun Fetish  —  Sometimes it seems that the only way to make sense of the Bush administration is to imagine that it's a vast experiment concocted by mad political scientists who want to see what happens if a nation systematically ignores everything we've learned over the past few centuries …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
$600K aimed at Clinton  —  Sensing that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) will win the Democratic presidential nomination, Republican Party operatives are stepping up their political attacks on the former first lady but are wary of going too far with their criticisms because she is a woman.
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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton: $5,000 for every U.S. baby
Michael Roston / Huffington Post:
Congresswoman Pressed MSNBC For Retraction On Soldier Killed In Iraq  —  Staff for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who could not name the last soldier from her district killed in Iraq during an appearance on MSNBC, acknowledged they sought a retraction from the network after the incident occurred.
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Patrick / mediabistro.com:
Report: Bohannon's "last legal address was in Blackburn's district."
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Commercial Appeal
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai; Update: Videos added; Update: Worldwide condemnation  —  Update 1:30pm Eastern.  White House blasts Burmese government for Internet shut-off: … Update 11:30am Eastern.  Worldwide condemnation:
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Leading GOP Candidates Skip Debate on Black Issues  —  4 Contenders Attend Fundraisers Instead  —  Fred D. Thompson was at a fundraiser in Franklin, Tenn. Mitt Romney was gathering checks in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Rudolph W. Giuliani was in California raking in some last-minute cash just north of Napa.
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
GOP electoral initiative dealt major blows  —  Two key consultants for an effort to change California's winner-take-all system quit over money and disclosure woes.  —  SACRAMENTO — A proposed California initiative campaign that could have helped Republicans hold on to the White House in 2008 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards' talking points  —  Short version: It's not because he has to, its because he wants to.  Really.  —  Here are the talking points that went out to Edwards backers this afternoon:  —  Good evening -  —  Wanted to share a quick update on the campaign.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gingrich takes step toward '08 run  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will open a website by Monday in an effort to round up the $30 million in pledges that he says would be his ticket to entering the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: Bluey Blog
Abu Aardvark:
A job well done  —  As meaningless, non-binding symbolic Senate resolutions go, Joe Biden just managed a doozy.  By passing with 75 votes a meaningless, non-binding symbolic Senate resolution in favor of the partition of Iraq, Biden managed to simultaneously: infuriate nearly all Iraqis …
National Review Online:
Holo-NRO: The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Pe...  EDITOR'S NOTE: The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone in this particular spot on the space-time continuum, or even in this universe.  There are an infinite number of alternate realities.
 
 
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
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Mark Morford / San Francisco Chronicle:
Larry Craig's bathroom stall!  Haggard's meth hotel! …
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tim Wu / Slate:
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Scott Paul / The Washington Note:
Lugar Calls Out Right-Wing Hypocrites
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Hear, Hear  —  Americans should not fear talking—and listening …
Discussion: The Corner and Viking Pundit
USA Today:
Cities try to shut FEMA trailer parks
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
With Legacy in Mind, Bush Reassesses His Agenda
Joe Conason / Salon:
The war president "at peace" with himself
Discussion: Truthdig
Washington Post:
U.S. to Allow Key Detainees to Request Lawyers
Guardian:
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Michael Medved / Townhall.com:
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