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4:30 PM ET, October 7, 2007

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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Why Is This GOP Strategist Smiling?  —  The day had been full of ominous warnings.  Polls showed the Republicans on the losing side of almost every issue and the 2008 presidential race — and now they're forced to defend a controversial veto of a popular children's health bill.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The remaining GOP base — the 30%'ers and the Broder/Ignatius pundit  —  David Broder and David Ignatius both have excellent Op-Eds in this morning's Washington Post — excellent because of how vividly they illustrate the shallowness and dishonesty for our opinion-making elite.
Discussion: BartBlog and Suburban Guerrilla
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
An Exit Toward Soul-Searching  —  As Bush Staffers Leave, Questions About Legacy Abound  —  It had been four days since Meghan O'Sullivan left her job at the White House.  Just four days since she gave up her Secret Service pass, her classified hard drive and her entree to the president.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Brother, can you spare a CHIP?  —  This would seem to be a fairly typical media trajectory.  The Democrats sign up a sick kid to read their Saturday morning radio address.  As Paul Krugman has observed, Bill Kristol, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of us heartless bastards on the right were no doubt too busy laughing to pay attention.
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Free Republic:
The "Not So Poor" 12 Year Old Who Rebutted Bush on SCHIP Veto  —  Graeme Frost, who gave the democrat rebuttal to George Bush's reasons for vetoing the SCHIP Bill, is a middle school student at the exclusive$20,000 per year Park School in Baltimore, MD.  —  Graeme was in a severe car accident …
Discussion: The Shotgun and Democracy Project
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
FRANK RICH, CLARENCE THOMAS, AND THE MISSOURI ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL: In today's New York Times, Frank Rich has a rather nasty essay that purports to catch Justice Thomas misrepresenting his past.  The specific example is Justice Thomas's first job out of law school in the Missouri Attorney General's Office.
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
Muslim medical students get picky  —  Some Muslim medical students are refusing to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs.  —  Some trainee doctors say learning to treat the diseases conflicts …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
'Journalists' Tell Howard Kurtz Why Good News from Iraq Shouldn't Get Reported  —  As CNN's Howard Kurtz accurately pointed out on Sunday's "Reliable Sources," few media outlets seemed at all interested in giving much attention to the great news out of Iraq last week regarding September's sharp decline in casualties.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Charge It to My Kids  —  Every so often a quote comes out of the Bush administration that leaves you asking: Am I crazy or are they?  I had one of those moments last week when Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, was asked about a proposal by some Congressional Democrats to levy …
New York Times:
On Torture and American Values  —  Once upon a time, it was the United States that urged all nations to obey the letter and the spirit of international treaties and protect human rights and liberties.  American leaders denounced secret prisons where people were held without charges, tortured and killed.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Democrats to Offer New Surveillance Rules
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Beauchamp Update  —  If you've been following the Scott Thomas Beauchamp Affair, I strongly recommend reading the latest update from The New Republic.  The short version is that the Army's investigation of the case appears to be confined to a) releasing no information about their investigation …
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
BUM RUSH  —  HOW THE DEMS PLAN TO TAKE DOWN THEIR REAL OPPONENTS: RUSH AND O'REILLY  —  In the parable of the million monkeys banging on typewriters for a million years, the reward is supposed to be the complete works of Shakespeare.  But have you heard the parable of the million interns?
Lee Siegel / Los Angeles Times:
Militant atheists are wrong  —  A flurry of literary attacks on God may also be closing the book on imagination.  —  Voltaire famously quipped that if God didn't exist, he would have to be invented.  American publishers would enthusiastically agree because God, it turns out …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fineman: Intel Community To Release 'Three Iran Reports' To 'Slow Down' Bush's Warmongering  —  On the Chris Matthews Show today, NBC's Howard Fineman revealed that the intelligence community will release "three different reports" in upcoming weeks to "slow down" the administration's current drumbeat for war with Iran:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Even sprinkler systems fail at U.S. embassy in Baghdad  —  WASHINGTON — The latest problem with the trouble-plagued new U.S. embassy complex in Iraq is that the sprinkler systems meant to contain a fire do not work, according to officials in Congress and the State Department.
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Race Gap: Crime vs. Punishment
Times of London:
Suicide bombers head to Iraq from Damascus
Discussion: Hot Air and PrairiePundit
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Minnesota Soldiers' Benefits Fall Short
Discussion: QandO and Liberal Values
CNN:
Petraeus: Iran still fueling war
Discussion: Power Line and PrairiePundit
Mario M. Cuomo / New York Times:
How Congress Forgot Its Own Strength
Bjorn Lomborg / Washington Post:
Chill out.  —  All eyes are on Greenland's melting glaciers …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Old party soldier takes sides: Fighting then and now
Discussion: The Politico
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Regrets Only?  —  1. Dokan, Iraq They were well into their dinner …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Bush, Texas at odds over death case
Satyam / Think Progress:
Novak: Senate Conservatives Knew About Craig's 'Weird Conduct …
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The snidely liberals won't watch your back
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
I Did Do It  —  O.K., folks, you want the truth?
Frank Eltman / Associated Press:
Immigration arrests spark controversy from coast to coast
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans
Steven Hill / Washington Post:
5 Myths About Sick Old Europe