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12:30 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: Eschaton and Suburban Guerrilla
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
'A Way Out' for Iran  —  If you read the liberal blogosphere …
Discussion: SWJ Blog and The Newshoggers
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.
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  —  Bill Aims to Meet Privacy and Security Concerns; Fierce Debate Is Expected  —  House Democrats plan to introduce a bill this week that would let a secret court issue one-year "umbrella" warrants to allow the government to intercept e-mails …
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.
Discussion: Althouse and PrairiePundit
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   I Did Do It  —  O.K., folks, you want the truth?
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans  —  Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system's huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options encouraged …
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?
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 …
Scoop Shachtman / Drink-soaked Trotskyite Popinjays …:
The snidely liberals won't watch your back  —  When Salman Rushdie was under threat, following the publication of Satanic Verses, the UK government moved to provide him protection - despite his habit of making critical comments about the UK.  Not everyone was so keen about Salman though.
Bjorn Lomborg / Washington Post:
Chill out.  —  All eyes are on Greenland's melting glaciers as alarm about global warming spreads.  This year, delegations of U.S. and European politicians have made pilgrimages to the fastest-moving glacier at Ilulissat, where they declare that they see climate change unfolding before their eyes.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Old party soldier takes sides: Fighting then and now  —  Hard to believe your eyes, but there he was looking thinner, frailer and all of his 85 years old.  —  George McGovern, with some effort but nattily-dressed, made his way across an Iowa stage littered with hay bales …
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Bush, Texas at odds over death case  —  WASHINGTON - To put it bluntly, Texas wants President Bush to get out of the way of the state's plan to execute a Mexican for the brutal killing of two teenage girls.  —  Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas …
 
 
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
A shameful way to 'support the troops'
Discussion: Associated Press
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Regrets Only?  —  1. Dokan, Iraq They were well into their dinner …
Discussion: INTEL DUMP and Hullabaloo
Satyam / Think Progress:
Novak: Senate Conservatives Knew About Craig's 'Weird Conduct …
Washington Post:
Blackwater Faces New Monitoring From State Dept.
Discussion: Democrats.com
Frank Eltman / Associated Press:
Immigration arrests spark controversy from coast to coast
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Iraq Embassy Cost Rises $144 Million Amid Project Delays
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Discussion: The Next Hurrah and CANNONFIRE
Jeffrey Wolf / KUSA-TV:
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Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
A Priest Methodically Reveals Ukrainian Jews' Fate