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2:55 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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New York Times:
Misleading Spin on Children's Health  —  Trying to justify his ideologically driven veto of a bill to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, President Bush and his staff have fired a barrage of misinformation about this valuable program.  Before the House votes on whether …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Bush's Veto Lies
Discussion: Left in the West
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.
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
The Republican Decline  —  Long piece by David Brooks in which he attempts to figure out why the Republican party appears to be in shambles: … Hogwash.  If you want to know why the Republican party is in shambles, read this: … For starters, people got tired of being associated with these drooling retards.
Associated Press:
Bush: U.S. 'does not torture people'  —  President responds to report that 2005 memo relaxed interrogation rules  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush defended his administration's detention and interrogation policies for terrorism suspects on Friday, saying they are both successful and lawful.
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Gallup: Americans Back White House Plan for Iraq Drawdown
Discussion: Gallup Poll
CQ.com:
Democrats Want Details on Interrogation Memos
Discussion: Three Wise Men
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Peggy Noonan's Open Eyes  —  I've long enjoyed Peggy Noonan's work (except for one dreadful book even she must regret writing).  I don't always agree with her, but she represents for me that brand of blue-state conservatism that came of age in the Reagan era, one that was often Catholic …
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Trance  —  Bush . . . Clinton . . . Bush . . . Clinton . . . Getting very sleepy . . .  Barack Obama has a great thinking look.  I mean the look he gets on his face when he's thinking, not the look he presents in debate, where they all control their faces knowing they may be in the reaction shot …
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 …
Discussion: Wizbang and Blue Crab Boulevard
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Jose Lambiet / Palm Beach Post:
Limbaugh leaves probation better, richer  —  No, Sen. Tom Harkin, radio talker Rush Limbaugh isn't back on drugs!  —  So says the state of Florida.  And Limbaugh himself, who told Page Two, as he enters his last month on probation for a narcotics arrest, that he doesn't even miss getting high and now feels like a better person.
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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.
Danny / Beltway Blogroll:
National Journal's Cover Story On Blogs  —  Back in January 2006, I authored a cover story on "The Rise Of Blogs" for National Journal magazine.  In this week's hot-off-the-presses edition of the magazine, Bara Vaida, a former senior writer for me at Technology Daily, follows up with another cover story titled "Blogging On."
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Hank Plante / KPIX-TV:
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom: War On Drugs Is A Failure  —  Related Content:  —  Reporting  —  (CBS 5 / KCBS) SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed the nation's war on drugs a total failure and insisted the crime rate would go down if the government spent money on treatment …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Cheers and Jeers for S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom
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
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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New York Times:
Jobs Report Eases Recession Fears
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Kathleen Parker / Townhall.com:
Christians for Self-Defeat
Walter Olson / City Journal:
Over the Edge  —  Hofstra Law School's new guest lecturer …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Giuliani Leads GOP 3rd-Quarter Money Race
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
"WHITE MEN MATTER MOST."
Scott Horton / Harper's:
TIME Reports on the Political Prosecutions in Alabama
Sen. Bernie Sanders / The Huffington Post:
Fair Trade  —  Costa Rica on Sunday will become the first country …
Discussion: Reuters and WorkingForChange
Naomi Wolf / Firedoglake:
Blackwater: "Newly Created Thug Caste"
Discussion: Think Progress and The Agonist
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CNN:
Craig's decision to stay a headache for the GOP
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Client of the day: Blackwater  —  The firm of which Mark Penn …
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Jerusalem Post:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Deaniacs open their wallets for '08 hopefuls
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Giuliani Pulled No Punches on the Radio
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The Angriest Justice  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's …
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