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8:45 PM ET, October 8, 2007


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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.
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Gates Vs Cheney Over Iran War  —  The UK's Daily Telegraph had an interesting report yesterday which said that Bob Gates is the only real barrier within the Bush administration to Cheney's war with Iran. … That last sentence is the scariest thing I've read in weeks.
The man who stands between US and new war
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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 …
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.
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
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.
Jed Babbin / Human Events:
Take a Shot at Chris  —  Unless the Republican candidates prepare for what's coming, the winner of their debate tomorrow will be Hillary Clinton.  To prevent that result, the candidates have to do what Republicans' campaign consultants have always prevented: they need to take on the media itself.
Yeas & Nays:
Kudlow has his eye on Matthews for Tuesday's CNBC debate
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 …
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
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The Price of Freedom  —  IF THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT ABANDONS AYAAN HIRSI ALI, AMERICA SHOULD WELCOME HER.  —  If any country has enjoyed a long reputation for peaceful and democratic consensus combined with civic fortitude, that country is the Netherlands.  It was one of the special countries …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Is Rudy the most electable Republican?  —  Last week Rudy Giuliani said this: "Every poll shows that I would be, by far, the strongest candidate against Hillary Clinton.  There hasn't been one taken in the last six or seven months that shows anything other than I'm the Republican that has the best chance to beat her."
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton spars with questioner over Iran  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton often holds several town-hall events a day as she campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination.  But a particular gathering in northern Iowa Sunday is the subject of several media reports …
Ron Paul / New Hampshire Union Leader:
Rep. Ron Paul: I advocate the same foreign policy the Founding Fathers would  —  Any response to this paper's Friday editorial on my foreign policy position must rest on two fundamental assertions: first, that the Founding Fathers were not isolationists; and second, that their political philosophy …
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, Taylor Marsh and PSoTD
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.
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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
SEIU to split endorsement
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Brown faces the press pack
Discussion: Eunomia
The Atlantic Online:
Maybe this is just me, but....
Rena Corey / Washington Post:
Women's Liberation Through Housework
Discussion: Feministing
Jan Crawford / Legalities:
Thomas on Precedent  —  Clarence Thomas is blunt when asked how he is …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Radley Balko / Reason:
CSI: Mississippi  —  A case study in expert testimony gone horribly wrong
Dick Morris / The Hill:
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Has MoveOn Jumped the Shark?
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
One Of Petraeus' Own Advisers Says General's Testimony On Iraq Was Misleading
Discussion: Think Progress
Kurt Andersen / New York Magazine:
The Age of Apoplexy
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Hillary Slaps Iowa Voter
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
A troubling turn in American history
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Al Gore tipped to win Nobel