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2:50 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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
'A Way Out' for Iran  —  If you read the liberal blogosphere …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and SWJ Blog
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.
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, QandO, PrairiePundit and BartBlog
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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 …
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
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 …
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?
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.
Discussion: Free Republic, Wizbang and Don Surber
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Petraeus: Iran still fueling war  —  FORWARD OPERATING BASE CALDWELL, Iraq (CNN) — Although America's top general in Iraq called al Qaeda "the wolf closest to the sled," he said sectarian fighting among militias fueled by Iran could be the biggest long-term challenge for Iraq.
Discussion: Power Line and PrairiePundit
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Pelosi prays for Bush to change policies  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she prays for President Bush to change his policies "all the time" and specifically has prayed for him to sign SCHIP legislation that would expand health insurance for uninsured children.
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.
Discussion: Eschaton and Cliff Schecter
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Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Minnesota Soldiers' Benefits Fall Short
Discussion: QandO and Liberal Values
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 Game at Church
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Old party soldier takes sides: Fighting then and now
Discussion: The Politico
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Regrets Only?  —  1. Dokan, Iraq They were well into their dinner …
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Jeffrey Wolf / KUSA-TV:
'Sen. Craig visited me' says escort who claimed relationship with Haggard
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