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5:00 PM ET, October 9, 2007


 Top Items: 
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
What Is Wrong With You?!?  —  The difference between the far right wing and the far left wing: the far right will do anything — anything — so long as the ends justifies the means.  The far left folks have ethical boundaries that they try very hard not to cross: things like attacking …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rush Smears 12-Yr Old: 'They Filled His Head With Lies Just As They Have Some Of These Soldiers'  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted the right wing has been orchestrating a coordinated effort to smear a 12 year old recipient of SCHIP.  These conservatives have been propagating baseless "facts" …
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 …
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Graeme Frost: What Would You Do If This Was Snooping Around Your House?  (Updated)  —  Play (3744) Here's an old Daily Show Clip with Malkinite...  (small file WMP only)  —  The wingnuts have been in full force attack against the family of Graeme Frost, the twelve year old boy that gave …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Leak Severed a Link to Al-Qaeda's Secrets  —  Firm Says Administration's Handling of Video Ruined Its Spying Efforts  —  A small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month …
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
Uh, About that "Leak" That Burned Our al Qaeda Intel  —  I know what the NY Sun and Washington Post are saying about a major source of intel being burned by a leak, but it just isn't so.  Rita Katz and the SITE Institute do a great job, but attributing the interception of this video to them is just false.
Will / Attytood:
Betrayal: How Bush's Iraq politics ruined our spying on bin Laden
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Supreme Court Rejects CIA Kidnapping Case  —  Khaled el-Masri, (also spelled al-Masri) the 42 year old German shoe salesman and father of five who was plucked off a street in Macedonia while on holiday, beaten and flown to a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan where he was held for 5 months until …
Associated Press:
Court nixes suit claiming CIA torture  —  Justices throw out German's challenge to alleged abduction by U.S. agents  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday terminated a lawsuit from a man who claims he was abducted and tortured by the CIA, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments …
Discussion: Macsmind
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Court Declines Case of Alleged CIA Torture Victim
Peter Baker / The Trail:
Bartlett on the GOP Field: A Hick, a "Dud" and a "Flip-Flopper"  —  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 has a brutally candid analysis …
Little Green Footballs:
Phony 'Satirical' Anti-Muslim Posters Circulated at GWU  —  At George Washington University, another outrageous action by the Saudi-funded radical Islamic front group calling itself the Muslim Student Association, as they circulate flyers purporting to be from a conservative campus group …
Islamo-Fascism on US Campus
Detroit Free Press:
Obama, Edwards, Richardson, Biden out of state primary  —  Four of the leading Democratic presidential nominees have removed their names from the Jan. 15 Michigan presidential primary.  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards both earlier today filed paperwork …
CNN Political Ticker:
Four Dems withdraw from Michigan, Clinton, Dodd stay in
Discussion: The Swamp
Patrick /
Matthews on Matthews  —  On today's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough asked Chris Matthews if Republican candidates would try to get a "cheap applause line" tonight by pointing to his recent controversial comments.  —  Said Matthews:  —  I've been thinking about that....It's not my stage tonight.
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 …
John Yoo / Opinion Journal:
The Real Clarence Thomas  —  His fidelity to the Constitution often leads to results liberals like.  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas again finds himself in the crosshairs of liberals.  After 16 years of diligently avoiding the press, he has written a memoir, "My Grandfather's Son …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: No big threat to investment houses
Greenwald takes a closer look at FISA revisions  —  What FISA capitulations are Democrats planning next?  —  An article in this morning's NYT reports what many have long been expecting — that Congressional Democrats are ready to capitulate to the White House again on warrantless eavesdropping …
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
DoJ Vote Chief Argues Voter ID Laws Discriminate against Whites  —  When Justice Department lawyers and analysts found in 2005 that a Georgia law requiring voters to have photo ID would disproportionately discriminate against African-Americans, they were overruled by John Tanner …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Unveils Her Retirement Savings Plan
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
My Own Private Mid-20th Cent. Totalitarianism
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Blair / Telegraph:
Iranian students attack 'fascist Ahmadinejad'
Discussion: Bookworm Room and Theo Spark
ACLU Statement on RESTORE ACT, ACLU Urges Congress to Include …
Discussion: Open Left
Confederate Yankee:
The New Republic Re-Interviewed Beauchamp... Over a Month Ago
Confederate Yankee:
Your Lyin' Eyes  —  From Mike Yon this morning, via email:
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Jonathan Chait / New York Times:
Captives of the Supply Side
Commercial Appeal:
Davis, of 4th District, will run for governor
 Earlier Items: 
Atrios / Eschaton:
A**holes  —  Mark Steyn: … Yah, I remember how we made this kid
Discussion: Think Progress
The Blotter:
Nixon on Thompson: 'Dumb' but 'Friendly'
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Mahmood: U R SO KEWL!!!!!
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Under Distant Stars
Discussion: Solomonia
David Nather /
Anti-War Movement Stuck in a Quagmire
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Bush's Approval Rating Returns to Low 30s
Noel Sheppard /
Court Identifies Eleven Inaccuracies in Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth'