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3:13 AM ET, October 10, 2007


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Peter Baker / The Trail:
Bartlett Unleashed: On Flip-Flops, a "Dud" and the Guy With the Funny Name  —  Dan Bartlett, formerly one of the closest advisers to President Bush, has been offering a tough analysis of the GOP field.  (White House Photo Office).  —  One of President Bush's closest advisers …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Fred Wins, Chris Loses (Update: My Prediction Comes True)  —  The first debate with Fred Thompson was expected to reveal whether the lanky actor had what it takes to make a national run for the office.  Instead, it revealed Chris Matthews as a hack of the first order, one who tried his best to torpedo Thompson — and failed utterly.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the Republican Debate  —  It is fascinating (at least to those of us who had not watched one of these all the way through) how all the Republicans candidates feel the need to claim that we can get more revenue through tax cuts.  Obviously tax increases are the kiss of death for a Republican candidate.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:   And the Winner Is...  ...Fred Thompson.  —  He showed up …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Spin room open: Thompson's debut, GOP's debate
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Kelly P. Kissel / Associated Press:
Huckabee: Rivals Might Consider Suicide
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Thompson dull in long-awaited debut
The Politico:   Matthews pops off
Ezra Klein:
What Has Happened To The Right?  —  Something has gone wrong on the Right.  Become sick and twisted and tumorous and ugly.  To visit Michelle Malkin's cave is to see politics at its most savage, its most ferocious, its most rageful.  They say they've spent the past week smearing a child …
Michelle Malkin:
Democrat poster-child abuse, the nutroots' pushback, and the continued campaign to silence the Right  —  I received an e-mail from a NYTimes reporter this afternoon: … I gave him these comments: … I also told him this: … Here's the NYTimes story, which actually turned out much fairer and more balanced than I expected.
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Capitol Feud: A 12-Year-Old Is the Fodder  —  There have been moments when the fight between Congressional Democrats and President Bush over the State Children's Health Insurance Program seemed to devolve into a shouting match about who loves children more.  —  So when Democrats enlisted …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
When Rhetoric Meets Reality  —  I was talking to Tim via AOL IM, and I decided it was probably worthwhile to bring this up for everyone.  One of the things that is so surprising (for me, at least) about the whole Graeme Frost episode is that rather than make their case against this program …
Eric Roper /
Seven GW students admit to hanging controversial posters  —  A group of seven GW students sent an e-mail to The Hatchet late Tuesday night admitting to hanging hundreds of controversial posters around campus early Monday morning.  —  The students - Adam Kokesh, freshman Yong Kwon …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Sister Toldjah
Young America's Foundation:
Radicals at The George Washington University Fake Young America's Foundation Event to Suggest Incident of Hate  —  STATEMENT FROM YOUNG AMERICA'S FOUNDATION  —  Leftist administrators at The George Washington University are on a rampage against a conservative group on campus …
Riki Parikh Mark Abramson / The Daily Colonial:   Mock Flier Creates Controversy Over Intolerance
The Smoking Gun:
Dead Reverend's Rubber Fetish  —  Autopsy: Pastor found in wet suits after autoerotic mishap  —  An Alabama minister who died in June of "accidental mechanical asphyxia" was found hogtied and wearing two complete wet suits, including a face mask, diving gloves and slippers, rubberized underwear …
Death Of Montgomery Minister Deeply Affects Snowdoun Pastor
Discussion: Agitprop
Paddy / Cliff Schecter:
Minister dies during bizarre sex ritual
Little Green Footballs:
LGF Poll: Who Won the GOP Debate?  —  Which Republican candidate turned in the best performance in the October 9 debate?  —  Sam Brownback  —  Rudy Giuliani  —  Mike Huckabee  —  Duncan Hunter  —  John McCain  —  Mitt Romney  —  Tom Tancredo  —  Fred Thompson
RELATED: Poll: Who Won The GOP Debate?
Discussion: Wizbang and Blog
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Torture Appeal  —  The Supreme Court today turned down the chance to elaborate for the first time in more than 50 years on the "state secrets privilege" by refusing to hear an appeal filed on behalf of Khaled el-Masri, who claims he was abducted and tortured …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court won't hear the appeal of apparent CIA victim
Discussion: NION
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Michele Obama in Iowa Accident  —  Hampton, Iowa — A campaign van carrying the wife of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) collided with a motorcycle on a two-lane country road in central Iowa on Tuesday, sending the motorcyclist to the hospital.  —  No one in Michelle Obama's Chevrolet Uplander was hurt …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama's van involved in Iowa crash
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
New York Times:
An Israeli Strike on Syria Kindles Debate in the U.S.  —  A sharp debate is under way in the Bush administration about the significance of the Israeli intelligence that led to last month's Israeli strike inside Syria, according to current and former American government officials.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
"Ward Churchill to teach unsanctioned course on CU campus"  —  Dangerous.  Anti-establishment.  Edgy: … If Churchill's special brand of anti-American, white guilt-fueled BDS is strong enough to get college students to attend extra classes — for which they'll receive no credit …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Suitably Flip
John Tierney / New York Times:
Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus  —  In 1988, the surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, proclaimed ice cream to a be public-health menace right up there with cigarettes.  Alluding to his office's famous 1964 report on the perils of smoking, Dr. Koop announced that the American diet …
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Viveca Novak /
Cop-Counting Cop-Out  —  Giuliani's wrong when he claims …
Discussion: MyDD
Killer law  —  Last November it became a crime for a woman …
Discussion: Digg and Crooks and Liars
Jesse Lee / The Gavel:
House Passes War Profiteering Prevention Act
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
Shiite Truce Was Designed In Teheran - Report
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Iraq insurgency: al-Qa'eda returns home
Discussion: Power Line and PrairiePundit
 Earlier Items: 
The Atlantic Online:
Zoning Ourselves to Death
Discussion: The Bellows
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Tancredo Goes After Brownback's Mother
Satyam / Think Progress:
Charlie Savage: Cheney Plotted Bush's Imperial Presidency 'Thirty Years Ago'
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
My Own Private Mid-20th Cent. Totalitarianism
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Patrick /
Matthews on Matthews  —  On today's "Morning Joe," …