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7:15 AM ET, October 5, 2007


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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.
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.
New York Times:
Debate Erupts on Techniques Used by C.I.A.  —  The disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions on interrogation on Thursday set off a bitter round of debate over the treatment of terrorism suspects in American custody and whether Congress has been adequately informed of legal policies.
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
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 …
Mark Walker / North County Times:
Officer: Drop murder charges against Haditha Marine  —  Official recommends Wuterich should be tried for negligent homicide in deaths of two women, five children  —  CAMP PENDLETON — A Marine Corps official has recommended that murder charges be dismissed against a Camp Pendleton squad leader accused …
Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Critic of Islam Confronts Dutch Over Guards  —  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken Dutch critic of Islam who moved to the United States to escape death threats in the Netherlands, has returned there to fight a Dutch government plan to cut off financing for her bodyguards, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Farhad Manjoo /
Scott Bateman: More from the case files of Andrew WK  —  Defendant owes $222,000 for illegal downloadingThe worst possible outcome — a fine too high to bear, but likely too low to cause much effort at reforming copyright laws  —  Craig: I won't resign after allThe senator says he'll stay in office until his term ends in 2009
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.
The Times Picayune / Breaking News Updates New Orleans:
DiFatta twice detained for lewd conduct in mall restrooms  —  St. Bernard Parish Councilman Joey DiFatta, who on Thursday withdrew from the 1st Senate District campaign, has been stopped twice since 1996 for suspicion of engaging in lewd behavior in public restrooms in Jefferson Parish, records obtained by The Times-Picayune show.
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The rights of the people: now available, for the first time, to the people!
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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:
Matt / Think Progress:
Byrd: Senate's 'Saber-Rattling' Is 'Sleep-Walking' America To War With Iran  —  On the Senate floor today, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) decried the recent Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran that 72 of his colleagues voted for, calling it an exercise in "international verbal spitball."
Yeas & Nays:
Matthews says Bush administration has "finally been caught in their criminality"  —  Playing Hardball with the Prez  —  "Hardball" host Chris Matthews addresses attendees at Thursday night's ten-year anniversary of "Hardball," which took place at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C.
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Meet Mr. Hsu: Politically Connected Apparel Magnate, Fraud Indictee, Billionaire  —  I wanted to vet this a little more thoroughly before posting on it, but I've run into a bit of a brick wall, so I thought I'd throw it out into blogworld to see what the army can dig up.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Conservatives Are Such Jokers  —  In 1960, John F. Kennedy …
Discussion: The Corner and Daily Kos
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Democracy Has Been Demoted  —  Burma's monks missed word that it is now out of favor.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Hoyer-led Dems to Cave Again on FISA
Discussion: Corrente and Firedoglake
Jane Lampman / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: Liberty Street
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Analysis: Bush to Pass on His Problems
Discussion: Firedoglake
National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War
The Politico:
Romney attacks Giuliani on economy
Jonathan Saltzman / Boston Globe:
Student takes his C to federal court
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
No Meters On The Modems  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch …
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Partisanship rules panel
Discussion: Let Freedom Ring
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Back Patrick On Traffic
Discussion: Patrick Ruffini and Hot Air
Edward T. Pound / National Journal:
Questionable Contracts  —  In April last year, Housing Secretary …
Discussion: First Draft and Open Left