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2:20 PM ET, October 8, 2007


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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: BBC and Reason Magazine
CNN Political Ticker:   Clinton campaign downplays Berger's role
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 …
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
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.
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
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
Telegraph:   The man who stands between US and new war
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 …
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
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 …
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...
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 …
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 …
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 …
Samantha Sault / Weekly Standard:
Daily Blog Buzz: S-chip's Real Recipients  —  You may remember the Democrats' S-chip poster child, Graeme Frost, the 12-year-old boy from Baltimore, MD, whose parents relied on Maryland's S-chip program to pay for his health care following a severe car accident.
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 …
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Administration Launches National Ad Campaign Promoting Abstinence
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The Atlantic Online:
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