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9:10 AM ET, October 4, 2007


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New York Times:
Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations  —  When the Justice Department publicly declared torture "abhorrent" in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Leahy Set to Schedule Hearings on Mukasey
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Early On, Thompson Fails to Spark Excitement in Iowa  —  Twenty-four minutes after he began speaking in a small restaurant the other day, Fred Thompson brought his remarks to a close with a nod of his head and an expression of thanks to Iowans for allowing him to "give my thoughts about some things."
Ron Paul's Impressive Haul  —  Young, Rabid Internet Supporters Boost Congressman's Fundraising  —  Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the outspoken libertarian White House hopeful often dismissed by his rivals and the punditocracy as a fringe candidate, was all smiles Wednesday as he bandied …
Eric Pianin / The Fix:
Sen. Pete Domenici Expected to Retire  —  Veteran Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is expected to announce tomorrow that he will retire from the Senate in 2008, according to several informed sources, a decision that further complicates an already difficult playing field for Republicans next November.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Domenici to not seek re-election
Robert Novak / Real Clear Politics:
Romney's Religion  —  When Mitt Romney appeared last week (via closed circuit from California) before the Council of Retired Chief Executives meeting in Washington, he faced kindred souls: rich Republicans who had managed big enterprises.  Yet the second question from the audience inquired …
Discussion: Boston Globe, The Trail and Beliefnet
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Is That A Fat Lady I Hear Singing?  —  Pills Limbaugh just keeps diggin' and diggin'.  I've been delighted to see that it's been all over cable news today, and Wes Clark has been promoting the move to get Limbaugh off Armed Forces Radio Network.  Since that letter from Harry Reid et. al. condemning Rush …
Tom Coghlan / Telegraph:
Iran 'arming Taliban with roadside bombs'  —  Iran is supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan with the same bomb-making equipment it provides to insurgents in Iraq, according to British military intelligence officers.  —  US Army General Dan McNeill, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan …
New York Times:
In Ballot Fight, California Gets a Taste of '08  —  Ballot measures in California have long been proxies for local politicians' hopes and dreams — just ask Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rode a recall petition to the Statehouse.  —  But now a statewide initiative has become the unusual battleground …
Discussion: Washington Times
Bill Poovey / Associated Press:
Secessionists meeting in Tennessee  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In an unlikely marriage of desire to secede from the United States, two advocacy groups from opposite political traditions — New England and the South — are sitting down to talk.  —  Tired of foreign wars and what they consider right-wing courts …
Robert D. Kaplan / Opinion Journal:
Modern Heroes  —  Our soldiers like what they do.  They want our respect, not pity.  —  I'm weary of seeing news stories about wounded soldiers and assertions of "support" for the troops mixed with suggestions of the futility of our military efforts in Iraq.  Why aren't there more accounts of what the troops actually do?
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Another Dimension Of The Thomas Smear  —  I spent some time last night reviewing some of the transcripts from the "high-tech lynching" delivered by the Senate Judiciary Committee to Clarence Thomas, just to refamiliarize myself with the actual testimony and evidence.
Discussion: Bench Memos
Associated Press:
New poll shows growing discontent with Hamas rule in Gaza  —  Terror organization to lose elections if new vote were held today in Palestinian Authority, survey conducted by Near East Consulting concludes.  Poll also finds that majority of Gazans oppose rocket attacks on Israel …
Rebecca Traister / Salon:
The 9/11 backlash against women  —  Terror swept women back into the kitchen, argues Susan Faludi, and tore open the worst scar in American history.  But it's Bruce Springsteen who makes the fear so real.  —  It may be pop culture heresy to rope together Susan Faludi's new book …
Discussion: Feministe, Pandagon and Ezra Klein
Michael Jacobson / Counterterrorism Blog:
Top Saudi Cleric Issues Warning  —  Earlier this week, Sheikh Abdel-Aziz Al-Asheikh - the most senior Wahhabi cleric in Saudi Arabia — released a rather surprising religious edict.  In this fatwa, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia instructed Saudis not to leave the Kingdom to participate in jihad …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Anti-Talk Radio Campaigns Emerge Across America  —  OPEN FLOODGATES  —  Soros-Funded Smear Effort Inspires Talk Radio's Foes  —  In the wake of highly- publicized smear campaigns against Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, left- wing talk radio foes across the country have been inspired to mount their own campaigns against the medium.
Discussion: Hot Air and Jihad Watch
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CBS News:
Jimmy Carter Shouts Down Security In Sudan
Joseph Lieberman / NY Daily News:
How American power can help bring peace to Burma
Laura Rozen / Mother Jones:
Six Degrees of Alexis Debat
Real Clear Politics:
Burma: Why the West Will Do Nothing
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Senator Suing Own Party Over Discord on Florida
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Scot Lehigh / Boston Globe:
Edwards plays the Bubba card
Discussion: Raising Kaine
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George W. Bush / White House:
Message to the House of Representatives
President says Iran has an int'l mission
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
The transgender fiasco  —  WHY ADD GENDER IDENTITY TO ENDA …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Jo Napolitano / Chicago Tribune:
Schools aim to heal religious rift
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
Jill / Brilliant at Breakfast:
Who killed Ciara Durkin?
Discussion: Patriot Ledger
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Daily Show: Chris Matthew's "Book about Sadness"
Daily Mail:
Schools must warn of Gore climate film bias
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Another Fred gaffe

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Andrew Williams / Wired:
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