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3:40 AM ET, October 2, 2007


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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?"
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 …
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.
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
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Report Says Firm Sought to Cover Iraq Shootings
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:   Email Shows State Officials Doing Blackwater Damage Control
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
FBI Sending Investigators to Iraq
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 …
Adam B / Daily Kos:
Presidential Public Financing Primer
Discussion: Open Left
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Democrats Surpass Republicans in Fund-Raising
Discussion: ParaPundit
Taylor Marsh:
BREAKING: Clinton to Join Webb on Iran Bill  —  In March, James Webb introduced legislation demanding that the President seek congressional approval before striking Iran.  —  I've just learned that Senator Hillary Clinton will co-sponsor legislation with Webb and re-introduce it into the Senate.
Senator Clinton Announces Co-Sponsorship of Webb Legislation …
Discussion: Pacific Views
Anita Hill / New York Times:
The Smear This Time  —  ON Oct. 11, 1991, I testified about my experience as an employee of Clarence Thomas's at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  —  I stand by my testimony.  —  Justice Thomas has every right to present himself as he wishes in his new memoir, "My Grandfather's Son."
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and First Draft
The Corner:
Discussion: Power Line and Captain's Quarters
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'
Arutz Sheva:
State: Al-Dura Death Video was Staged
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama to Urge Elimination of World's Nuclear Weapons  —  Senator Barack Obama will propose on Tuesday setting a goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons in the world, saying the United States should greatly reduce its stockpiles to lower the threat of nuclear terrorism, aides say.
Discussion: Likelihood of Success
Washington Post:
Most in Poll Want War Funding Cut  —  Most Americans oppose fully funding President Bush's $190 billion request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a sizable majority support an expansion of a children's health insurance bill he has promised to veto, putting Bush and many congressional Republicans on the wrong side of public...
Timothy B. Lee / Cato-at-liberty:
Klein Slanders Friedman  —  A video interview of Naomi Klein, who's promoting her new book, has some truly vicious slander of Milton Friedman.  Klein says: … Klein seems to be insinuating that Friedman somehow orchestrated, supported, or encouraged the coup in Chile, or at least that he was an important Pinochet advisor.
Discussion: Redstate and Will Wilkinson
Faiz / Think Progress:
Lindsey Graham Sets 90 Day Deadline For Iraq  —  In February, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned against setting any kind of deadline for Iraq.  Appearing on Fox News Sunday, he said, "I cannot guarantee you success, but I can promise you this: The day you set timelines and deadlines, it's lost in Iraq."
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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
O'Shea decrees transparency, shorter stories
Juan G. Tornoe / HispanicTrending:
Q&A on Hispanics with Senator Hillary Clinton
Roger L. Simon / Pajamas Media:
GORE IN IRAQ  —  Global warming be damned!  If Al Gore …
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Court Orders a New Delay on Illegal Worker Rules
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Independents May Be Crucial in New Hampshire
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: Peace loving murderers
Discussion: Wizbang and Power Line
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Zimbabwe runs out of bread
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SeeDubya / JunkYardBlog:
Lessons From Burma: The Orwell Machine
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The Clinton Campaign: Running on Ambien
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Wilkes: Leave The Hookers out of It
The Corner:
Limbaugh in the House
Des Moines Register:
Thompson: Iraq had WMDs before U.S. invaded
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Reject Clinton Baby Bond Proposal By 2-to-1 Margin
Michael J. Totten:
The Peace Corps with Muscles
Discussion: Solomonia