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9:45 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 …
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 …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Congress to Allow New Internet Taxes?  —  Ever since 1998 the U.S. Congress has, under Republican leadership, extended the Internet Tax Freedom Act.  That statute forbids states and localities from enacting taxes on internet access, with few exceptions.  That moratorium is scheduled to expire …
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 …
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
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
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.
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
New York Times:
The Angriest Justice  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's new autobiography dredges up his 16-year-old battle with Anita Hill and fulminates against liberal groups, Democratic senators and others who opposed his nomination.  The clash with Ms. Hill has grabbed most of the headlines.
Discussion: Bench Memos
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
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.
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."
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Netroots Nightmare: O'Hanlon Teams Up with HRC  —  When Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution wrote in the New York TImes that the surge was working, they were widely criticized by the antiwar left, which went to great lengths to undercut their findings.
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Ex-Investigator Details Iraqi Corruption
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Myanmar Leader Willing to Meet Opponent
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Labels Win Suit Against Song Sharer
Yeas & Nays:
Matthews says Bush administration has "finally been caught in their criminality"
Mark Walker / North County Times:
Officer: Drop murder charges against Haditha Marine
Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Critic of Islam Confronts Dutch Over Guards
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Hoyer-led Dems to Cave Again on FISA
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Jane Lampman / Christian Science Monitor:
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Flip / Suitably Flip:
Meet Mr. Hsu: Politically Connected Apparel Magnate, Fraud Indictee, Billionaire
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: Macsmind and Firedoglake
National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Elizabeth Edwards attacks Rush on draft

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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

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