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12:25 AM ET, October 1, 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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
'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 …
Forkum / Cox & Forkum:
Final Bow  —  With mixed emotions I announce: John and I will no longer be producing editorial cartoons.  John will continue posting his work at his blog, John Cox Art, and he and I will continue working together on various projects, but there will be no more regularly scheduled editorial cartoons.
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
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Air Force Arranged No-Work Contract  —  Experts Question Official's Deal With Nonprofit  —  While waiting to be confirmed by the White House for a top civilian post at the Air Force last year, Charles D. Riechers was out of work and wanted a paycheck.  So the Air Force helped arrange …
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.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
In Memorium  —  10 more in vain!  —  Right now the news is announcing that the USA killed 60 insurgents in Iraq.  Something similar is announced every few days.  But they never once explain how they determined that each and every one of the 60 was an 'enemy' during their post-mortem.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Reporting While Black  —  ARE YOU IN A GANG?  —  THE police officer had not asked my name or my business before grabbing my wrists, jerking my hands high behind my back and slamming my head into the hood of his cruiser.  —  "You have no right to put your hands on me!"  I shouted lamely.
Discussion: Feministe and Bark Bark Woof Woof
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James Kirchick / Los Angeles Times:
Mugabe: a tyrant from the start
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Questions for Obama  —  Is it audacious to hope for more clarity …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Christi Parsons / The Swamp:
Obama climbs in Iowa poll
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
US trains Gulf air forces for war with Iran
Baron Bodissey / Gates of Vienna:
Sign Me "Human"  —  It appears that a modern EU version …
David Leppard / Times of London:
US airbase bomb plotter on run in UK
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Poor smokers would pay for health bill
Alan S. Blinder / New York Times:
Six Fingers of Blame in the Mortgage Mess
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Nick Langewis / Latest:
Suspected Georgetown gay-basher has Bush Administration ties
Rick Atkinson / Washington Post:
'The IED problem is getting out of control.  We've got to stop the bleeding.'
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
Rudy Would Rather Be with Bo Derek than Addressing the Concerns of Black America.
Discussion: Eschaton
Michelle Malkin:
What happened to our troops in Oakland
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
NO HOMOSEXUALS IN THE ARAB WORLD: Recall that at Ahmadinejad's …
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
Petraeus admits to rise in Iraq violence
Matt / Think Progress:
Kristol's Dark Humor: Bush's 'Heartless Assault On Our Children' Is 'A Good Idea'
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
I hate all Iranians, US aide tells MPs
Discussion: Corrente and The Newshoggers

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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Trump's comments on Taiwan hollowing out the US chip industry are incorrect, and risks opening up a fissure for China to exploit and push its own tech sector

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