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12:40 AM ET, October 5, 2007


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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
War Criminal  —  After reading the full investigative piece in the NYT today on how this administration decided on breaking America's historic ban on torture and then pursued a long, corrupting policy of ensuring that the interpretation of the law was politicized to keep torture alive, it is hard to disagree with Marty Lederman:
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Trivializing Torture  —  Andrew Sullivan is yet again calling the president a "war criminal."  This time in response to today's New York Times article revealing that the Bush administration has subjected terror suspects captured abroad to 'severe' and 'brutal' interrogations.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Perino: We Don't Torture Because We Say We Don't Torture
Washington Post:
White House Denies Torture Assertion
Terry Frieden / CNN:   Debate rages over secret Justice memo on torture
U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig:
Craig Reaction to Court Ruling  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Larry Craig issued the following statement in reaction to today's ruling by the State of Minnesota District Court Fourth Judicial District allowing the guilty plea to stand:  —  "I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today.
Sen. Craig not resigning despite judge's ruling  —  (CNN) — Sen. Larry Craig on Thursday said he was not resigning from the Senate despite a Minnesota judge denying his request to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his arrest in a sex sting at an airport men's room.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Craig says he's not leaving Senate
Huffington Post:
Craig Vows To Stay In Senate Until End Of Term
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
Associated Press:
Obama Dropped Flag Pin in War Statement  —  Obama Stops Wearing Flag Pin, Says He'll Show Patriotism Through Ideas  —  An eagle-eyed reporter for the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, noticed something missing from Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., lapels.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama stops wearing flag pin  —  WATERLOO, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for "true patriotism" since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  —  Asked about it Wednesday in an interview …
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
A liberal's lament: The NRA might be right after all  —  This term, the Supreme Court may finally take up the Voldemort Amendment, the part of the Bill of Rights that shall not be named by liberals.  For more than 200 years, progressives and polite people have avoided acknowledging that following …
Cary Tennis / Salon:
My Christian daughter says I'm going to hell  —  Hi,  —  I am the father of a 13-year-old daughter whose mother has been taking her to an evangelical Christian church her whole life.  Her mother's family is entirely Christian.  I am not a Christian, and in fact think that organized religion …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Nearly 1 in 5 Democrats Say World Will Be Better Off if U.S. Loses War  —  NEW YORK — Nearly one out of every five Democrats thinks the world will be better off if America loses the war in Iraq, according to the FOX News Opinion Dynamics Poll released Thursday.
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
COULTER COMES OUT AGAINST WOMEN VOTING.  —  Most of the time I ignore aging would-be pin-up Ann Coulter, but this week she came out with a whopper that could be as much of a gift to the Democratic Party as's advertisement on Gen. Petraeus was for the G.O.P. More of a gift, even.
Merv / PrairiePundit:
Name that party—New Orleans corruption  —  USA Today: … You can read the entire story and not find the party identification of those who have been charged.  However, most public official in New Orleans have historically been Democrats.  The embedded corruption of cities like New Orleans …
Discussion: USA Today
Warner Todd Huston /
AP: No Mention of Party for So.  Dakota Democrat Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Discussion: Macsmind
Jonathan Saltzman / Boston Globe:
Student takes his C to federal court  —  Judge dismisses suit against UMass  —  In his lawsuit, Brian Marquis contended the university violated his civil rights and contractual rights.  (STEPHEN ROSE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)  —  Plenty of college students grumble when they get a mediocre grade and feel that they deserved better.
National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War  —  Rhonda Erskine, Online Content Producer  —  MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NBC) — When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit.
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Selective Justice in Alabama?  —  On may 8, 2002, Clayton Lamar (Lanny) Young Jr., a lobbyist and landfill developer described by acquaintances as a hard-drinking "good ole boy," was in an expansive mood.  In the downtown offices of the U.S. Attorney in Montgomery, Ala., Young settled into his chair …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards attacks Rush on draft  —  An Air America producer just sent over some transcript from an interview their Richard Greene (not our Richard Greene) conducted with Elizabeth Edwards, in which she questioned Rush Limbaugh's Vietnam exemption:
Edward T. Pound / National Journal:
Questionable Contracts  —  In April last year, Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson traveled to Dallas to deliver a speech to a group of minority real estate executives.  The event should have been pretty routine stuff.  But Jackson — and these are his words — shot off his mouth by describing …
Discussion: First Draft and Open Left
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Hoyer-led Dems to Cave Again on FISA
Discussion: Corrente and Firedoglake
Jane Lampman / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: Liberty Street
The Raw Story:
Coulter: Women don't need to vote
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Meet Mr. Hsu: Politically Connected Apparel Magnate, Fraud Indictee, Billionaire
Marine likely to avoid Haditha murder charge
John E. O'Neill / Human Events:
Phony Soldiers and Phony Senators
Associated Press:
Reid: No compromise on health plan
Discussion: Redstate and Right Voices
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Analysis: Bush to Pass on His Problems
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Romney attacks Giuliani on economy
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
No Meters On The Modems  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Back Patrick On Traffic
Discussion: Patrick Ruffini and Hot Air
Spiegel Online:
'We Are Making Fools of Ourselves in the Eyes of the World'
Amanda / Think Progress:
Gen. Peter Pace For President?
Sidney Blumenthal / Salon:
Blumenthal: Under the cloak of freedom, the U.S. exempted Blackwater …
Pol Watcher / Colin McEnroe:
This Is Your Elephant on Drugs  —  The new official logo of the 2008 Gop convention.