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7:50 AM ET, October 8, 2007


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Los Angeles Times:
How Clinton has built her lead  —  REASON TO SMILE: Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton greets residents in New Hampton, Iowa Sunday.  Polls show her national popularity with Democrats growing.  —  Her base is voters who dominate the Democratic nominating process.  But the presidential campaign season is still young.
CNN Political Ticker:
CNN Political Ticker AM  —  Making News Today...  Clinton's riding a high  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Last week, it was a major fundraising win, and now it's strong showings in two new polls.  Sen. Hillary Clinton is riding a political high less than three months before the Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: The Politico
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
Des Moines Register:
Clinton takes lead for Democrats
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
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 …
Discussion: Rising Hegemon and Truthdig
Michael J. Totten:
The Best Police Force in Iraq  —  RAMADI, IRAQ - In late July when I visited a police station in the town of Mushadah just north of Baghdad I worried that Iraq was doomed to become the next Gaza.  As many as half the police officers, according to most of the American Military Police who worked …
Washington Times:
Mexican 'House of Death  —  CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Fernando Reyes wasn't dying fast enough, so his killers wrapped his head in a plastic bag.  It wouldn't be long before the brutally beaten and tortured drug smuggler would take his last breath.  —  An undercover informant working for U.S. authorities …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As War Dragged On, Coverage Tone Weighed Heavily on Anchors  —  Charlie Gibson is a product of the Vietnam War era.  When he was a television reporter in Lynchburg, Va., he had driven to Washington on weekends to march in antiwar demonstrations.  And he had lost friends in that jungle war.
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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Discussion: The Newshoggers and Digg
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Law on Lies by Politicians Is Found Unconstitutional
Discussion: JURIST
The Atlantic Online:
Class Warfare  —  More dispatches from the continuing conservative war …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Going to Court, but Not in Time to Live  —  Let us consider the arithmetic of death.
William Kristol / Washington Post:
Talk Is Cheap  —  On Sept. 25, President Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
Discussion: cab drollery
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Washington Post:
More Torture Memos  —  PRESIDENT BUSH said Friday …
Tony Judt / New York Times:
From Military Disaster to Moral High Ground
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fineman: Intel Community To Release 'Three Iran Reports' To 'Slow …