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12:51 PM ET, October 8, 2007


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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 …
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
IT GIRL TO SNIT GIRL  —  HIGH-RIDING HILLARY RIPS IOWA VOTER  —  NEW HAMPTON, Iowa - Surging in a new poll, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged small-town Iowa voters not to prejudge her based on what others say - then demonstrated her sharper side by eviscerating a tough questioner in a testy exchange.
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Hillary Slaps Iowa Voter  —  NEW HAMPTON, Iowa — Hillary Clinton is working hard to counter her image as an arrogant Ice Queen.  At campaign stops, she laughs at her own jokes and regales the audience with tales of herself as a little girl who stared into the sky with binoculars hoping to catch a glimpse of Sputnik as it passed by.
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
He Can Act, but Can He Debate?  Untested Thompson Faces Rivals for First Time  —  In an unusual political season that seems to offer up a presidential debate every week or so, the Republican debate tomorrow is expected to offer something new: Fred D. Thompson.
Discussion: MSNBC
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Thompson Turns to Taxes
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME
Mark Halperin / Time:
Clinton Needs Some Iowa Heat
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Des Moines Register:
Yepsen: Campaigns must move to derail front-runners
Jules Crittenden:
Happy Columbus Day  —  James Carroll at Boston Globe, All glasses half full, all silver linings cloudy.  Put another way: … Carroll's quick summage of American suckage through history ... actually relatively upbeat as Carroll's America takes go ... and in the GWOT leaves out a couple of factors that make this a happy holiday.
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
A troubling turn in American history
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Same Old Party  —  There have been a number of articles recently that portray President Bush as someone who strayed from the path of true conservatism.  Republicans, these articles say, need to return to their roots.  —  Well, I don't know what true conservatism is, but while doing research …
Frank Newport / Gallup Poll:
Republicans Remain Deeply Distrustful of News Media  —  Democrats much more positive  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans in America today remain deeply distrustful of the national news media — in sharp contrast to Democrats, who have a great deal more trust in the media's accuracy.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Hillary Will Trigger Stock Crash  —  I give political analysis, not financial advice.  But sometimes, the two closely merge.  So here's what I think: Hillary Clinton will cause the stock market to crash as her likely election as president approaches.  —  Hillary says she wants to raise the capital gains tax.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and PSoTD
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 …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Right (2007 Edition)  —  Right Wing News emailed more than 225 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to send us a list of whom they considered to be their "Least Favorite People On The Right."  Representatives from the following 45 blogs responded...
The Atlantic Online:
From Bogota to Kabul  —  Did you know that in Afghanistan the US government is pushing a poppy-spraying plan that just so happens to be opposed by such trivial figures as Hamid Karzai and "American military and intelligence officials and European diplomats in Afghanistan."
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Al Gore tipped to win Nobel  —  THE environmental campaigner Al Gore is being tipped as a favourite to win the Nobel peace prize in Oslo this Friday in a controversial move that could place saving the planet above saving people from war and conflict.  —  Gore, a former American vice-president …
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.
Opinion Journal:
Another U.N. Power Grab  —  What would Reagan do?  On the Law of the Sea Treaty, we know the answer.  —  It is an impressive testament to the abiding affection and political influence of former President Ronald Reagan that the fate of a controversial treaty now before the U.S. Senate …
Omar Fadhil / Opinion Journal:
Al Qaeda's War of Villages  —  Signs that the terrorists are losing in Iraq.  —  BAGHDAD—The latest chapter in al Qaeda's war manual in their war against the Iraqi people and the Coalition is this: raiding remote peaceful villages, burning down homes and slaughtering both man and beast.
Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
Can Ailes Outfox CNBC?  —  Invoking Stonewall Jackson,  —  Fox Business Chief Prepares  —  To Battle Entrenched Rival  —  During a long and colorful career, Roger Ailes has dug ditches, advised Richard Nixon on his 1968 presidential campaign, produced off-Broadway shows — and started cable networks, notably Fox News Channel.
Discussion: Gawker,, TVNewser and Romenesko
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 …
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Ron Paul / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Rep. Ron Paul: I advocate the same foreign policy the Founding Fathers would
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Obama: GOP doesn't own faith issue
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Is Rudy the most electable Republican?
Discussion: The Corner and Beliefnet
New York Times:
Blackwater Shootings 'Murder,' Iraq Says
Paul Krugman:
Why not single-payer?  —  A number of people, including Atrios …
Julian Guthrie / San Francisco Chronicle:
1,000-plus war protesters in Berkeley spell out opposition to Bush
Discussion: Moonbattery
The Atlantic Online:
New Years In Des Moines: We'll Know By October 15
Discussion: The Politico and
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Google, Advertising and Phones Go Together
Discussion: CBS News, Telegraph and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
Report says war on terror is fueling al Qaeda
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Giuliani candidacy sparks pride among Italian-Americans
Discussion: MSNBC
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Senate Bill Aims to Define Who Is a Journalist
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Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Immigration, Black Sheep and Swiss Rage
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Way Primaries Work  —  We seem to have people who still …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As War Dragged On, Coverage Tone Weighed Heavily on Anchors