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9:35 PM ET, September 30, 2007


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David D. Kirkpatrick / The Caucus:
Christian Conservatives Consider Third-Party Effort  —  Alarmed at the chance that the Republican party might pick Rudolph Giuliani as its presidential nominee despite his support for abortion rights, a coalition of influential Christian conservatives is threatening to back a third-party candidate in an attempt to stop him.
Michael Scherer / Salon:
Religious right may blackball Giuliani  —  Christian conservative leaders privately consider supporting a third-party, antiabortion candidate should Rudy Giuliani win the GOP nomination.  —  Rudy Giuliani speaks to the Associated Press Sept. 25, 2007, in New York.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani argues he can beat Hillary
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Sy Hersh on Bush and Iran: Shifting targets: New Propaganda push to attack their Revolutionary Guard  —  UPDATED: Sy Hersh joined CNN's Late Edition and discussed his new article out in the NewYorker: "Shifting Targets," which says that the WH has a new talking point which it will sell attacking Iran …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Hersh: Bush's Case For Hitting Iran Has 'Shifted,' Now Focused …
Discussion: rubber hose
Washington Post:
GOP Is Ready to Roll Out the Klieg Lights for Craig  —  Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is a tough guy to run out of town.  —  Not that his Republican colleagues aren't trying.  Worried that the disgraced lawmaker intends to remain in the Senate indefinitely, they are threatening to notch …
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Noel Sheppard /
The Group Behind Smear Campaigns Against Limbaugh and O'Reilly  —  Last week, two of the leading conservatives in the media, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, were dishonestly and unprofessionally attacked by press outlets that cherry-picked out of context remarks from lengthy radio broadcasts …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Faces an Array of Divisive Cases  —  The Supreme Court has so many polarizing cases on the docket for its new term that the deep ideological divisions that characterized the last term are all but certain to remain on display after the justices reconvene on Monday.
Discussion: TalkLeft
'Meet the Press' transcript for Sept. 30, 2007  —  Former President Bill Clinton, Dan Balz, Patrick Buchanan, David Gregory, Tavis Smiley  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: In his third annual Global Initiative conference, former President Bill Clinton convenes leaders …
Ros Taylor / Guardian:
Bolton calls for bombing of Iran  —  John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, told Tory delegates today that efforts by the UK and the EU to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country.
Laura Vozzella / Baltimore Sun:
Whose broad stripes and bright stars?  —  Republican front-runners weren't the only things missing from the presidential debate stage.  The American flag was AWOL, too.  —  The backdrop to the "All-American Presidential Forum," brought to you by Tavis Smiley and PBS, was a map of the United States …
Sen. Mike Gravel / The Huffington Post:
Hillary, War with Iran is No Laughing Matter  —  Hillary, I'm glad to see you got a good laugh when I confronted you during last week's debate over your vote calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) a terrorist organization.  The American public finally got to see your cavalier attitude toward our march to war.
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Questions for Obama  —  Is it audacious to hope for more clarity from Barack Obama than he has so far supplied?  Herewith 17 questions for him:  —  You advocate leaving in Iraq "some" U.S. forces for three missions — fighting al Qaeda, training Iraqi security forces and protecting U.S. forces conducting those two missions.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama climbs in Iowa poll  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign has been telling people not to pay too much attention to the polls lately, but now they're emailing all their supporters with news of the latest survey.  —  In Iowa, Obama is actually leading Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton …
Nick Langewis / Latest:
Suspected Georgetown gay-basher has Bush Administration ties  —  A Georgetown University sophomore, implicated in a gay-bashing by a fellow student, has ties to the Bush Administration, PageOneQ has learned.  —  19-year-old Philip Anderton Cooney, pictured here in the spring of 2005 …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Is Hillary Clinton the New Old Al Gore?  —  THE Democrats can't lose the White House in 2008, can they?  —  Some 13 months before Election Day, the race's dynamic seems immutable.  Americans can't wait to evict the unpopular president and end his disastrous war.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Nepotism Tango  —  Maybe it's fitting that a woman …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Jules Crittenden:
Nation of Stupid  —  Tom Friedman: "9/11 has made us stupid."  —  Sure has made some people stupid, no question.  Friedman is writing against Giuliani as the "9/11″ candidate, saying we need a 9/12 candidate.  Which, as an attempt to be clever, is pretty stupid, too. 9/12, you'll recall, was the day after 9/11.
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Matt / Think Progress:
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Agence France Presse:
US military deaths in Iraq lowest in 14 months
Opinion Journal:
Surveillance Showdown  —  "Privacy" zealots want America …
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Associated Press:
Report: Countrywide CEO Cashed Out