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11:25 PM ET, October 6, 2007


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High Level Debate Stalled Syria Air Strike  —  U.S. Was Concerned Over Intelligence, Stability to Region, Officials Tell ABC News  —  The September Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear site in Syria had been in the works for months, ABC News has learned, and was delayed only at the strong urging of the United States.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
SYRIA UPDATE....ABC News reports that the United States was initially opposed to an Israeli strike against a military base in northeast Syria: … But was it really a nuclear site?  Here's a hint from Aviation Week: … Obviously I'm just playing amateur sleuth here, but it doesn't seem …
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
North Korean Mystery
Discussion: Corrente and SWJ Blog
Meryl Yourish /   The Syria strike: It was nukes
Gateway Pundit:
The New York Times Mourns the Loss of Their "Defining Atrocity"  —  The New York Times can't be satisfied with some insignificant Al-Qaeda atrocity.  —  It must be an atrocity committed by the Americans.  —  And, they lost it this week in Haditha.  —  The Haditha Marines  —  The New York Times
Paul Von Zielbauer / New York Times:
The Erosion of a Murder Case Against Marines in the Killing of 24 Iraqi Civilians  —  Last year, when accounts of the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha by a group of marines came to light, it seemed that the Iraq war had produced its defining atrocity, just as the conflict in Vietnam had spawned the My Lai massacre a generation ago.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Virginia's Rep. Jo Ann Davis succumbs to cancer  —  Rep. Jo Ann Davis, Virginia's first female Republican member of Congress, died today after a long battle with breast cancer.  She was 57.  —  Davis, an outspoken social conservative and staunch advocate for Navy shipbuilding …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Virginia congresswoman dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, R-Va., died Saturday after battling breast cancer, according to a statement released by her office.  She was 57.  —  Davis died at her Gloucester, Va., home.  She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2005 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:   Rep. Jo Ann Davis dies of breast cancer
Faiz / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Lets Loose: Says WH Reporters Need To Be 'Wiped Out,' Calls CNN 'The Pagan Throne'  —  In an interview with Bill O'Reilly last night, former White House press secretary Tony Snow said that his future career plans may include writing a book on cancer and possibly returning to Fox News.
Jeffrey Wolf / KUSA-TV:
'Sen. Craig visited me' says escort who claimed relationship with Haggard  —  DENVER - The gay escort whose allegations forced the resignation of nationally renowned evangelist Ted Haggard now says he was also visited by Idaho Sen. Larry Craig.  —  Craig is the Republican senator …
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Savage Rapes Stoke Trauma of Congo War  —  BUKAVU, Congo — Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, cannot bear to listen to the stories his patients tell him anymore.  —  Every day, 10 new women and girls who have been raped show up at his hospital.  Many have been so sadistically attacked …
New York Post:
BLACKWATERGATE LINKED TO HILL  —  CAMPAIGN BIG'S FIRM PROVIDED P.R.  —  The company run by one of Hillary Clinton's top campaign officials has been providing public-relations services for Blackwater - the security firm, accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians, that has come under fire from Congress.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Penn-Blackwater link puts HRC on defense
Discussion: Power Line
Justin Juozapavicius / Associated Press:
Scandal brewing at Oral Roberts  —  TULSA, Okla. - Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home."  —  Now, his son, Oral Roberts University …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
NAME THAT PARTY (PHONY SOLDIER EDITION)  —  I believe that it's Glenn Reynolds who created the "name that party" series linking to MSM scandal stories burying the party affiliation of the involved officeholders.  In today's installment, the AP reports "Atlantic City mayor drops out of sight."
Discussion: Breaking News … and bustardblog
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer  —  Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
Prosecutor in Sex Sting Kills Self  —  Florida Prosecutor Charged in Child Sex Sting Committed Suicide in his Jail Cell  —  In this file photo released by the Macomb County Sheriffs Department, John David R. Atchison, 53, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., is shown in Mount Clemens, Mich., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Look Back At Interrogation History  —  The Washington Post has an article which reminds us that history continues to reveal itself even after we think the story has been told in its entirety, especially in small but intriguing ways.  The veterans of PO Box 1142, a highly secret operation …
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Fort Hunt's Quiet Men Break Silence on WWII
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