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5:35 AM ET, October 8, 2007


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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Clinton gets snippy with Iowan over Iran  —  From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  NEW HAMPTON, Iowa — At a campaign stop here, Hillary Clinton sparred verbally for several minutes with a man who pressed her on her recent vote to call Iran's army a terrorist organization.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / The Trail:
Clinton's Iran Vote Prompts A Harsh Back-and-Forth  —  Randall Rolph said he came to New Hampton, Iowa, on Sunday to see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) with an open mind about whether to support her candidacy.  After a tough exchange over Iran, he left saying he had ruled her out.
Discussion: Unfogged
Geoffrey Wheatcroft / Washington Post:
Who Made Hillary Queen?  —  Among so much about American politics that can impress or depress a friendly transatlantic observer, there's nothing more astonishing than this: Why on Earth should Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton be the front-runner for the presidency?
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Is America Now South Asia?
Michelle Malkin:   Al Qaeda and Haditha bombshell: What the MSM didn't tell you
Bluto / The Jawa Report:
Report: Haditha 'Massacre' Planned by al Qaeda
Discussion: protein wisdom
Don Surber:
3,000 square foot home, but cannot 'afford' health insurance?  —  Remember the Frost family of Baltimore?  They had a bad traffic accident 3 years ago.  Their medical bills were paid by the taxpayer-subsidized SCHIP.  Democrats trotted out Graeme Frost, 12, to call the president mean …
The Atlantic Online:
Class Warfare  —  More dispatches from the continuing conservative war on adorable children (as depicted above) as Glenn Reynolds joins with other rightwingers to sputter with rage at the idea of middle class children having health insurance.  We're supposed to believe, I suppose …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Noel Sheppard /
'Journalists' Tell Howard Kurtz Why Good News from Iraq Shouldn't Get Reported (updated w/video)  —  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.
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama: GOP doesn't own faith and values  —  GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) — After speaking to an evangelical church on Sunday in this traditionally conservative South Carolina city, Sen. Barack Obama said that Republicans no longer have a firm grip on religion in political discourse.
Rick Moran / American Thinker:
Novak Dispels Some Plame Myths  —  Robert Novak, who wrote the column that exposed the Plame connection to Joe Wilson's trip to Niger, has been trying unsuccessfully to set the record straight regarding the "outing" of Wilson's wife for a long time.  —  Novak's problem has been that the Plame narrative …
Discussion: The Hill and PrairiePundit
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Top Iraqis Pull Back From Key U.S. Goal  —  Reconciliation Seen Unattainable Amid Struggle for Power  —  BAGHDAD — For much of this year, the U.S. military strategy in Iraq has sought to reduce violence so that politicians could bring about national reconciliation, but several top Iraqi leaders …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Dangerous Sealer Stayed on Shelves After Recall  —  DENVILLE, N.J. — Walter E. Friedel's plans to waterproof the tile floors of his hot tub room using Stand 'n Seal, a do-it-yourself product sold at his local Home Depot, promised to be a quick weekend project, one he could wrap up in time to catch …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Houston Chronicle:
Many Texas consumers feel competition in the state's energy markets has been a costly failure  —  Is there light at end of the power line?  —  When Texas lawmakers agreed to open the state's power markets to competition back in 1999, one promise was on the tip of many tongues — lower prices.
Discussion: Pacific Views and Off the Kuff
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A Dutch Retreat on Speech?  —  And now we come to what may be a truly fundamental test, maybe even a turning point, for that part of the world generally known as the West.  —  The test is this: Are prominent, articulate critics of radical Islam, critics who happen to be citizens …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Going to Court, but Not in Time to Live  —  Let us consider the arithmetic of death.  —  There are nine justices on the Supreme Court.  It takes four votes for the court to agree to hear a case.  But it takes five votes to stay an execution.  —  It is possible, then …
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Des Moines Register:
Clinton takes lead for Democrats
Brown aide plays down US talk of Iran threat
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Digg
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation
Discussion: The Mahablog
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Law on Lies by Politicians Is Found Unconstitutional
Discussion: JURIST
William Kristol / Washington Post:
Talk Is Cheap  —  On Sept. 25, President Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
Discussion: cab drollery
Deacon / Power Line:
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Retired general backs Clinton on Iraq
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
For a Trusty Voting Bloc, a Faith Shaken
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Washington Post:
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Tony Judt / New York Times:
From Military Disaster to Moral High Ground
Media Matters for America:
Barnes: Obama not "strong on national security" …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fineman: Intel Community To Release 'Three Iran Reports' To 'Slow …
Times of London:
Suicide bombers head to Iraq from Damascus
Lee Siegel / Los Angeles Times:
Militant atheists are wrong
Bjorn Lomborg / Washington Post:
Chill out.  —  All eyes are on Greenland's melting glaciers …