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10:35 PM ET, October 1, 2007


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Media Matters for America:
Gibson aired edited Limbaugh clip to "prove" Media Matters had edited Limbaugh clip … During the September 28 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, in response to Media Matters for America's documentation of Rush Limbaugh's recent description of service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and TalkLeft
Amanda / Think Progress:
Harkin: 'Maybe Limbaugh was high on drugs again.'  —  Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) condemned Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" comment, saying that the radio host makes these "provocative things to make more money."  He then offered another possible explanation for Limbaugh's "over-the-line" remarks: Home:
Rush's Challenge to Senator Reid  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, in the last half hour, Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate and proceeded to spend five-to-seven minutes denouncing me, spreading the smear that started last week on this phony soldiers business.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Democrats go after Limbaugh  —  Democrats on Monday called on the chief executive of Clear Channel Communications to denounce remarks by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, whom they say made a "hateful" and "unpatriotic" attack on U.S. troops opposed to the war in Iraq.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wizbang
Michelle Malkin:
Fake war hero Tom Harkin smears Rush Limbaugh  —  Update: Glenn Reynolds wonders: "I noted back in 2004, the last time Harkin made this an issue, that the press was giving him a pass.  Will it do so again?  And why are the Democrats letting Harkin, of all people, get out front on this issue?"
The Corner:
Limbaugh in the House  —  Much better:  —  110TH CONGRESS  —  1st SESSION  —  H. RES.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and BLACKFIVE
CNN Political Ticker:
Top Democrat slams Limbaugh over 'phony soldiers'
Discussion: The Politico
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Republicans urge Blackwater hearing delay  —  Seven House Republicans have urged Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) to postpone an expected hearing this week about Blackwater USA until the State Department and a separate commission release reports …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PARODY SURGE HITS MIL CONTRACTORS IN IRAQ  —  A few days ago the State Department released what it called a "first blush" report on the Blackwater incident in Baghdad, a report which largely exonerated the Blackwater personnel involved.  —  I noted at the time that "first blush" …
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:   Email Shows State Officials Doing Blackwater Damage Control
Des Moines Register:
Thompson: Iraq had WMDs before U.S. invaded  —  Newton, Ia.  — Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said today he was certain former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a point of contention in the 4.5 years since the war began.
Cwelch / CNN Political Ticker:
Thompson: Saddam Hussein 'clearly' had WMD
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Last letter from doomed Al Qaida chief: 'We are so desperate for your help'  —  BAGHDAD — The U.S. military is eliminating Al Qaida's chain of command in Iraq.  —  Officials said several leading aides to Al Qaida network chief Abu Ayoub Al Masri have been killed by the U.S.-led coalition.
Ronny Sofer / Ynetnews:
Israel officially denies responsibility for death of al-Dura in 2000  —  Seven years after death of Gaza boy captured by France 2 cameraman was blamed on Israel, Prime Minister's Office issues first official document stating incident was staged.  French reporter defends video, calling it 'authentic'
Ron Paul's Fund-Raising Takes Off  —  Mary Jacoby reports on the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  Rep. Ron Paul is bucking trends in the political money race.  —  While both Democrats and Republicans in the presidential race are finding it more difficult to pass the hat …
The New Republic:
The Usual Suspect  —  The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy  —  IN OCTOBER 2002, Osama bin Laden issued a statement in which he analyzed America's inexhaustible number of sins and prescribed ways of repenting for many of them.  The statement was, by the standards of bin Laden's cave encyclicals, unusually coherent.
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Washington Post:
Public Favors Democrats to Handle Iraq, Health Care
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Burma's Military and the Monks
Arutz Sheva:
State: Al-Dura Death Video was Staged
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Barbara Ehrenreich / The Huffington Post:
The Clinton Campaign: Running on Ambien
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