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1:00 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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and MyDD
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Is America Now South Asia?  —  No developed country in the world actually bestows political office on women because they were once the wives of presidents.  It has tended to happen in South Asia - Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines - but certainly not in modern, developed, Western societies.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
Nathaniel R. Helms /
Al Qaeda in Haditha: The battle the media ignored  —  Buried in the mountain of exhibits attached to the once secret Haditha, Iraq murder inquiry prepared by US Army Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell is an obscure Marine Corps intelligence summary (see pdf) that says the deadly encounter …
Bluto / The Jawa Report:
Report: Haditha 'Massacre' Planned by al Qaeda
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Washington Post:   More Torture Memos  —  PRESIDENT BUSH said Friday …
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:   Race Gap: Crime vs. Punishment
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Deacon / Power Line:
IT'S SHOWTIME, FOLKS  —  Fred Thompson may not have impressed certain "inside-the-beltway" pundits in the run-up to his entry into the presidential race, but so far he seems to be doing fairly well among Republican voters.  The latest Rasmussen survey has him in a statistical dead-heat with Rudy Giuliani.
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William Kristol / Washington Post:
Talk Is Cheap  —  On Sept. 25, President Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
Discussion: cab drollery
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mario M. Cuomo / New York Times:
How Congress Forgot Its Own Strength
Lee Siegel / Los Angeles Times:
Militant atheists are wrong
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Charge It to My Kids  —  Every so often a quote comes …
Simon Jenkins / Times of London:
Muslim medical students get picky