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4:50 AM ET, October 9, 2007


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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 …
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.
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 and Matt Ortega
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Fetid Compost Where Their Hearts Should Be
Discussion: Left in the West
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:   SCHIP and the Right Wing Swiftboating of Graeme Frost: Can the …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Iraq insurgency: People rise against al-Qa'eda  —  Damien McElroy spent a week in the heart of the insurgency in Anbar province in Iraq.  In the second of seven exclusive reports he describes how peace and prosperity have returned to a town formerly riven by sectarian killings.
The Corner:
Iraqi Questions  —  I think Rich Lowry would agree that we both had an informative week in Iraq in and around Baghdad, Anbar, and Diyala.  Many thanks to the efforts of Major Rayburn and Col. McMaster who allowed us to accompany them on their visits in Baghdad, Anbar, and Diyala …
The Atlantic Online:
Red Baiting  —  Over on the blog-I-didn't-know-he-had, Roger Cohen shows us all that he's actually the kind of liberal hawk who likes going in for a little McCarthyite red baiting now and again, analogizing my former colleague Mike Tomasky to a Stalin apologist.
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET and Sadly, No!
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Leak Severed a Link to Al-Qaeda's Secrets  —  Firm Says Administration's Handling of Video Ruined Its Spying Efforts  —  A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month …
Discussion: MyDD and First Draft
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Democrats turn to traditional issues  —  Congressional Democrats rode anti-war sentiment to victory last fall — but they are staking their success in the final months of this year's calendar on more traditional domestic issues amid concern that the war may not be the potent political issue it once was by Election Day 2008.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Jane Smiley / The Huffington Post:
Who's Sorry Now?  —  It was a pleasant weekend for those of us …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Ben Smith / The Politico:
SEIU to split endorsement
Boston Globe:
Military sees big decline in black enlistees
Discussion: MoJoBlog
The Atlantic Online:
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Jan Crawford / Legalities:
Thomas on Precedent  —  Clarence Thomas is blunt when asked how he is …
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