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3:20 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.
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.
Discussion: Macsmind, Reason Magazine and BBC
CNN Political Ticker:   Clinton campaign downplays Berger's role
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
A troubling turn in American history  —  IF COLUMBUS is the beginning of the story, and, say, Lincoln is the middle, what is the end?  Each episode of the American narrative surfaced a problem, which prompted attempts to resolve it, which led in turn to a new problem.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Happy Original Sin Day
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 …
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.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
The man who stands between US and new war  —  Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, has taken charge of the forces in the American government opposed to a US military attack on Iran, writes Tim Shipman.  —  Pentagon and State Department officials say Mr Gates has set himself up as chief rival …
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
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.
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 …
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
True believers refuse to give up on Gore run
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 …
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...
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.
Discussion: Redstate
Yeas & Nays:
Kudlow has his eye on Matthews for Tuesday's CNBC debate
New York Times:
Afghans Pressed by U.S. on Plan to Spray Poppies  —  After the biggest opium harvest in Afghanistan's history, American officials have renewed efforts to persuade the government here to begin spraying herbicide on opium poppies, and they have found some supporters within President Hamid …
The Atlantic Online:
From Bogota to Kabul
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 …
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 …
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
PATRIOTIC GORE  —  The Democrat Party senior leadership is feeling a Rush.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Is Rudy the most electable Republican?
The Atlantic Online:
New Years In Des Moines: We'll Know By October 15
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
Report says war on terror is fueling al Qaeda
Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
Can Ailes Outfox CNBC?
 Earlier Items: 
Opinion Journal:
Another U.N. Power Grab
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Senate Bill Aims to Define Who Is a Journalist
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
He Can Act, but Can He Debate?  Untested Thompson Faces Rivals for First Time
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and MSNBC
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Way Primaries Work  —  We seem to have people who still …
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Omar Fadhil / Opinion Journal:
Al Qaeda's War of Villages
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A Dutch Retreat on Speech?