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1:45 AM ET, October 9, 2007


 Top Items: 
Faiz / Think Progress:
Right Wing Launches Baseless Smear Campaign Against 12 Year Old Recipient Of SCHIP  —  Two weeks ago, the Democratic radio address was delivered by a 12-year old Maryland boy named Graeme Frost.  Graeme told his story of being involved in a severe car accident three years ago …
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Let Them Be and That's the Lesson  —  Michelle Malkin went to go bother the Frost family today.  —  Think Progress reports: … Malkin screeches something about "faux outraged leftists."  I hasten to assure her that, no, this is the genuine article.  —  Her defense for her behavior, and for that of Greater Wingnuttia:
Discussion: Pandagon
The Corner:
The new poor  —  Over the weekend, I posted a couple of things re Graeme Frost, the Democratic Party's 12-year old healthcare spokesman.  Michelle Malkin reports that the blogospheric lefties are all steamed about the wingnuts' Swiftboating of sick kids, etc.  —  Sorry, no sale.
Michelle Malkin:
Graeme Frost and the perils of Democrat poster child abuse Updated  —  Update 7:30pm Eastern.  Mark Steyn is uncowed by the unhinged...  Update 5:30pm Eastern.  A word for all the faux outraged leftists accusing conservative bloggers of waging a "smear campaign:" Asking questions …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Fetid Compost Where Their Hearts Should Be
Discussion: Left in the West and Whiskey Fire
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
SCHIP and the Right Wing Swiftboating of Graeme Frost: Can the …
Discussion: Attytood
New York Times:
Democrats Seem Ready to Extend Wiretap Powers  —  Two months after insisting that they would roll back broad eavesdropping powers won by the Bush administration, Democrats in Congress appear ready to make concessions that could extend some crucial powers given to the National Security Agency.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Reaction
New York Times:
Democratic Concessions Are Expected on Wiretapping  —  Two months after vowing to roll back broad new wiretapping powers won by the Bush administration, Congressional Democrats appear ready to make concessions that could extend some of the key powers granted to the National Security Agency.
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Democrats to unveil wiretapping bill
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Fred File:
Fairness Doctrine Makes No Sense in Today's World  —  [NOTE: The American Spectator reports this chilling news: … This news about Democrats trampling on the First Amendment for political purposes ties into Fred's latest commentary.  -Sean]  —  Whether it's the situation in Iraq …
The Prowler / American Spectator:
PATRIOTIC GORE  —  The Democrat Party senior leadership is feeling a Rush.  Rush Limbaugh, that is.  Late last week, DNC Chair Howard Dean, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, his deputy, Sen. Dick Durbin and Senatorial Committee chair, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi all signed off …
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Buyout Firms to Avoid a Tax Hike  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has told private-equity firms in recent weeks that a tax-hike proposal they have spent millions of dollars to defeat will not get through the Senate this year, according to executives and lobbyists.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Democrats turn to traditional issues
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Bar low for Thompson as debate looms  —  All he has to do is not fall asleep.  —  All he has to do is not throw up.  —  All he has to do is not drool.  —  Has there ever been a major presidential candidate with lower expectations on the eve of his first debate than Fred Thompson?
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Obama's energy proposal  —  Barack Obama is going to unveil the details of his energy plan today.  I haven't seen a copy of the speech or the plan yet, so all I have to go on is the reporting, which is just ... awful.  I can't decide which is worse, the L.A. Times, Reuters, or AP.
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
He's back: Sandy Berger now advising Hillary Clinton  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Bill Kristol's Favorite Bible Verse  —  Hard to parody: … Is this supposed to be a joke?  And then this remarkable passage from Clarence Thomas's book that Kristol finds instructive.  It refers to Thomas's grandfather's unbounded affection for his great-grandson, Jamal, in contrast to the way he had brought up Thomas himself:
Discussion: Beliefnet and Law Blog
Boston Globe:
Military sees big decline in black enlistees  —  Iraq war cited in 58% drop since 2000  —  WASHINGTON - African-Americans, whose longstanding relationship with the US military helped them prove their abilities and offered a way to get ahead, have turned away from the armed forces …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Drudge Report:
DAN RATHER VOWED TO LEAK BUSH GUARD DOCS TO NEW YORK TIMES — IF CBS SPIKED  —  Former CBSNEWS anchor Dan Rather pressured CBS to air the failed Bush/National Guard story in September 2004, Howard Kurtz reports in his new blockbuster book: REALITY SHOW: INSIDE THE LAST GREAT TELEVISION NEWS RACE.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Have Mercy, Have Mercy!  —  It may be a first.  Castration via live satellite hook up.  —  This morning, tough guy Joe Scarborough unloaded on "Iraqi losers" for complaining about Blackwater for blowing away so many Iraqi civilians.  —  Moments later, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) comes on the show and sends Scarborough scurrying for cover.
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The Corner:
Iraqi Questions  —  I think Rich Lowry would agree …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Hannity begs Dobson not to make Hillary president
The Atlantic Online:
Red Baiting
Phoenix Woman / Firedoglake:
Dubai and Iraq: Attacking Iran Is Sheer Idiocy
Randall Hoven / American Thinker:
Media Dishonesty Matters
Obama and Edwards Target Clinton on Iran Vote
Steven K. Paulson / Associated Press:
Tancredo coy about re-election plans
Discussion: Redstate
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog:
Dems. looking at major pick-ups in Senate
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
Who's Sorry Now?  —  It was a pleasant weekend for those of us …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and darkblack
Ben Smith / The Politico:
SEIU to split endorsement
Rena Corey / Washington Post:
Women's Liberation Through Housework
Jan Crawford / Legalities:
Thomas on Precedent  —  Clarence Thomas is blunt when asked how he is …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Has MoveOn Jumped the Shark?
Kurt Andersen / New York Magazine:
The Age of Apoplexy
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Gates Vs Cheney Over Iran War