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4:00 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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton campaign downplays Berger's role  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign downplayed a report in the Washington Examiner Monday that former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is advising the New York Democrat's White House bid.
Discussion: TBogg
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Hillary Slaps Iowa Voter
Discussion: Macsmind, Reason Magazine and BBC
USA Today:
Sen. Clinton: Sandy Berger has 'no official role in my campaign'
Los Angeles Times:
How Clinton has built her lead
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 …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Happy Original Sin Day
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
A troubling turn in American history
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 …
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.
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
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...
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 …
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 …
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
We Must Cultivate Our Garden  —  Bill Kristol takes the president to task in Sunday's WaPo for not being aggressive enough in opposing Burma's military junta, going so far as to suggest war: "What about limited military actions, overt or covert, against the regime's infrastructure …
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 …
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."
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Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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Discussion: Think Progress
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Kurt Andersen / New York Magazine:
The Age of Apoplexy
Discussion: Reason Magazine
The Prowler / American Spectator:
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The Atlantic Online:
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Kate Kelland / Reuters:
Report says war on terror is fueling al Qaeda
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: MSNBC and Wall Street Journal
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Al Gore tipped to win Nobel
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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A Dutch Retreat on Speech?