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12:10 PM 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.
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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 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:   Bush's Veto Lies
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.
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Code Pink Defaces US Marine Recruiter's Office in Berkeley  —  Code Pink: "US Marine Corps Assas(s)ination Office"  —  "We are so shocked and horrified that the Marines have come to Berkeley to prey on our children," said Zanne Joi, a Code Pink member -CBS5.
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Simon Perez / KPIX-TV:
Berkeley Marine Center Draws Anti-War Ire  —  (CBS) BERKELEY Marine Captain Richard Lund recruits college students and graduates as candidates for officer positions in the marines.  But carrying out that job in Berkeley is not always an easy task.  —  He has listened to a variety of complaints …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Losing A Generation?  —  The number of young people who do not consider themselves Christians is growing, as is the hostility toward Christianity expressed by the next generation of non-Christians, claims a new book from David Kinnaman of Barna.org.  Money quote: … And so the polarization grows.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Central Sanity
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.
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ET TU, BARACK?  —  Barack Obama won't wear a pin on his lapel in the shape of the American flag.  Forget what that says about Obama's feelings of patriotism or love of country.  Frankly, I don't think it says much at all.  His explanation - that he wants to show his patriotism through disseminating his …
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.
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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 …
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Michael Roston / Huffington Post:
Dems Postpone Rollout Of Controversial Wiretapping Bill  —  Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House Majority Leader, postponed a press conference announcing new reforms of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act after progressive lawmakers banded together and said they would fight any legislation …
Discussion: Open Left and WorkingForChange
Think Progress:
Senior U.S. Military Official Faults Blackwater In The Shooting Of 11 Iraqi Civilians  —  A senior U.S. military official tells the Washington Post that the Sept. 16 firing incident at Nissor Square involving Blackwater USA was unprovoked and that the 11 civilian victims were unarmed:
Obama'08:
Gulf  —  Retired four-star General Merrill A. McPeak served in the Air Force for over 35 years.  Gen. McPeak, a combat pilot, led the Air Force during the first war in Iraq.  A former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he understands the importance of choosing a Commander in Chief …
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Radar
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Giuliani Pulled No Punches on the Radio  —  So what should a mayor do?  Just let constituents call his weekly radio program on WABC — the one called "Live From City Hall ... With Rudy Giuliani" — and whine and complain and get in his face without answering back?  —  Puh-leeze.
Jerusalem Post:
Ahmadinejad: Let Jews move their country to Europe or Alaska  —  Millions of Iranians attended nationwide rallies Friday in support of the Palestinians, while the country's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel's continued existence was an "insult to human dignity."
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.
 
 
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National Journal's Cover Story On Blogs
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Despite Court Defeat, Craig Vows to Remain in Senate
Discussion: Althouse, MoJoBlog and MSNBC
Little Green Footballs:
Al Gore's Hypocrisy Revealed
Discussion: Doug Ross
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Tax Test for the War
Tim Montgomerie / Britain and America:
BBC grants softest of interviews to Bill Clinton
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Reed / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Drug czar: Milton Friedman's drug-war critique 'demonstrably untrue'
Discussion: The Corner and Reason Magazine
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Congress to Allow New Internet Taxes?
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New York Times:
The Angriest Justice  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Retirement Headaches for House GOP
Tom Knapp / local.lancasteronline.com:
Bush visit draws vocal mix of supporters, protesters
Farhad Manjoo / Salon.com:
Scott Bateman: More from the case files of Andrew WK
Matt / Think Progress:
Byrd: Senate's 'Saber-Rattling' Is 'Sleep-Walking' America To War With Iran
Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Critic of Islam Confronts Dutch Over Guards
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Hoyer-led Dems to Cave Again on FISA
Jane Lampman / Christian Science Monitor:
ARE U.S. TROOPS BEING FORCE-FED CHRISTIANITY?