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9:30 AM ET, October 5, 2007


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Conservatives Are Such Jokers  —  In 1960, John F. Kennedy, who had been shocked by the hunger he saw in West Virginia, made the fight against hunger a theme of his presidential campaign.  After his election he created the modern food stamp program, which today helps millions of Americans get enough to eat.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
G.O.P. Contenders Endorse Health Insurance Veto  —  The four leading Republican presidential candidates have aligned themselves with President Bush's veto on Wednesday of an expanded health insurance program for children, once again testing the political risk of appearing in lock step …
Discussion: MyDD, Boston Globe and AMERICAblog
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.
Terry Frieden / CNN:   Debate rages over secret Justice memo on torture
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
So Far Rudy's Run Going According to Script  —  Of all the candidates in the Republican field, no one has a right to be happier with the way things have worked out thus far than Rudy Giuliani.  Here's a quick look at where things stand:  — After nine months of campaigning …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Republican Collapse  —  Modern conservatism begins with Edmund Burke.  What Burke articulated was not an ideology or a creed, but a disposition, a reverence for tradition, a suspicion of radical change.  —  When conservatism came to America, it became creedal.
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 …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Craig says he's not leaving Senate  —  Our prayers were answered...Praise Jesus!  —  Download (995) |  Play (1232) Download (615) |  Play (541)  —  This has to be making the Republican leadership nuts that Tappy McWideStance isn't exiting gracefully and will be a giant "values voter" …
U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig:
Craig Reaction to Court Ruling
Huffington Post:
Craig Vows To Stay In Senate Until End Of Term
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Retirement Headaches for House GOP  —  The last month hasn't been a good one for House Republicans.  —  Already on the ropes thanks to President Bush's dismal job approval ratings and continued public unhappiness about the war in Iraq, the strategists in charge of winning …
Warner Todd Huston /
AP: No Mention of Party for So.  Dakota Democrat Accused of Sexual Misconduct  —  Here we go again with another story where a Democrat is being accused of sexual misconduct, yet the Associated Press doesn't feel that mentioning the man's party affiliation is important to the story.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Macsmind
Merv / PrairiePundit:
Name that party—New Orleans corruption
Discussion: USA Today
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
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.
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.
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
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."
Tom Knapp /
Bush visit draws vocal mix of supporters, protesters  —  Intelligencer Journal  —  LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - For protesters, President George W. Bush's visit Wednesday to Lancaster County was an occasion to voice their opposition to the war in Iraq, as well as the president's early morning veto of a children's health care bill.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Redstate
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 …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Labels Win Suit Against Song Sharer  —  In a crucial legal victory for record labels and other copyright owners, a federal jury yesterday found a Minnesota woman liable for copyright infringement for sharing music online and imposed a penalty of $222,000 in damages.
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.
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Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Democracy Has Been Demoted  —  Burma's monks missed word that it is now out of favor.
The Atlantic Online:
The rights of the people: now available, for the first time, to the people!
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Hoyer-led Dems to Cave Again on FISA
Jane Lampman / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: Liberty Street
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards attacks Rush on draft
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 …