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2:26 AM ET, October 7, 2007


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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
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
Meryl Yourish /   The Syria strike: It was nukes
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Virginia's Rep. Jo Ann Davis succumbs to cancer
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
John Bresnahan / The Politico:   Rep. Jo Ann Davis dies of breast cancer
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 and Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Des Moines Register:
Romney leads GOP, Thompson moves into second  —  Mitt Romney still leads in Iowa but Fred Thompson, a relative newcomer to the presidential race, has emerged as his nearest competitor in a new Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus participants.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Rape Epidemic Raises 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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Iraq Embassy Cost Rises $144 Million Amid Project Delays  —  Planning, Workmanship Cited as Problems  —  The massive U.S. embassy under construction in Baghdad could cost $144 million more than projected and will open months behind schedule because of poor planning, shoddy workmanship …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeff Stein /
CIA Quieting Down After Years of Turmoil, But Memories Linger On  —  The CIA is a relatively calm place these days, with its senior officials concentrating more on nailing foreign targets than each other.  —  That's a nice change from the short, tumultuous era of Porter J. Goss …
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and CANNONFIRE
David Van Biema / Time:
Mother Teresa and the Kidney Stone  —  This week the Catholic News Service reported that the cause for the canonization of Mother Teresa could "cross its last hurdle" if the Vatican validated a cure reported by a priest in Guwahati, India on Sept. 5, the 10th anniversary of the beloved nun's death.
Discussion: Pharyngula and The World Wide Rant
Steven Hill / Washington Post:
5 Myths About Sick Old Europe  —  In the global economy, today's winners can become tomorrow's losers in a twinkling, and vice versa.  Not so long ago, American pundits and economic analysts were snidely touting U.S. economic superiority to the "sick old man" of Europe.  What a difference a few months can make.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings and Eschaton
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
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Purpose of appendix believed found
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Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
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Prosecutor in Sex Sting Kills Self
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Media Matters for America:
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer
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Scandal brewing at Oral Roberts