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12:50 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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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
GOP contenders back Bush on blocking kids' healthcare  —  Perhaps more than any policy decision this year, the president's decision to veto expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) was spectacularly dumb.  It was bad politics, bad policy, and based on bad reasoning.
Discussion: Think Progress and Redstate
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:
Misleading Spin on Children's Health
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.
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: Blue Crab Boulevard
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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.
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.
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 and the david all group
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 …
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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.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Central Sanity
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Bush says US 'does not torture'  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush defended his administration's detention and interrogation policies for terrorism suspects on Friday, saying they are both successful and lawful.  —  "When we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America …
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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.
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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Client of the day: Blackwater  —  The firm of which Mark Penn remains president, Burson Marsteller, has raised eyebrows for straying a bit from core Democratic Party issues, with its involvement in an anti-union campaign and for representing a leading, troubled subprime lender.  —  But ... Blackwater!?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Donald Lambro / Washington Times:
Liberals slam Hillary over dodge tactics  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been criticized this past week for her evasiveness, dodginess, weasel words and shady connections — not only by her conservative critics but by liberal columnists and reporters.  —  In pointed political broadsides …
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.
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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."
 
 
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Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The Trance  —  Bush . . . Clinton . . . Bush . . . Clinton . . . Getting very sleepy . . .
Paul Krugman:
And I thought it was Bush ...  I'm feeling a lot happier …
Think Progress:
Senior U.S. Military Official Faults Blackwater In The Shooting …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Despite Court Defeat, Craig Vows to Remain in Senate
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Giuliani Pulled No Punches on the Radio
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
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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?
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
The Angriest Justice  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's …
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
So Far Rudy's Run Going According to Script
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Line: Retirement Headaches for House GOP
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
The Times Picayune / Breaking News Updates New Orleans:
DiFatta twice detained for lewd conduct in mall restrooms