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4:50 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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton campaign downplays Berger's role
Discussion: TBogg
USA Today:
Sen. Clinton: Sandy Berger has 'no official role in my campaign'
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."
Yeas & Nays:
Kudlow has his eye on Matthews for Tuesday's CNBC debate
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Senate Bill Aims to Define Who Is a Journalist  —  The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 is the grand title attached to the bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last week with bipartisan support.  It is better known as the reporter's shield law.
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...
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 …
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 …
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Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
Priorities, Priorities  —  The drug warriors are, it seems …
The Atlantic Online:
Activism And Voyeurism  —  Beginning today, Republicans …
Radley Balko / Reason:
CSI: Mississippi  —  A case study in expert testimony gone horribly wrong
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Fred is Fading  —  Scott Rasmussen's daily tracking poll catalogues …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Nick Gillespie / Reason Magazine:
Obama's Kingdom of Heaven on Earth
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Has MoveOn Jumped the Shark?
Lola Alapo / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Partially nude Internet photos of Inskip teacher under scrutiny
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
One Of Petraeus' Own Advisers Says General's Testimony On Iraq Was Misleading
Discussion: Think Progress
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Discussion: Reason Magazine
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
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Daily Blog Buzz: S-chip's Real Recipients
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Kate Kelland / Reuters:
Report says war on terror is fueling al Qaeda
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Al Gore tipped to win Nobel