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7:55 PM ET, October 11, 2007


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Faiz / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: E-mail Reveals That McConnell Staffer Propagated Smear Campaign Against Graeme Frost  —  Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that there was mounting evidence that a staffer for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have been involved in the right-wing campaign to smear Graeme Frost and his family.
Faiz / Think Progress:
CNN Pins Blame On Democrats For Right-Wing Smear Of 12-Year Old Boy  —  This morning, CNN aired its first report on the right-wing smear campaign against 12-year old SCHIP recipient Graeme Frost.  CNN pinned the blame on Democrats for assault on the Frost family.
Amy Ridenour /
SCHIP, Graeme Frost, and the Bloggers
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rep. Murphy on smear of Graeme Frost.
Discussion: The Gavel
Atrios / Eschaton:   And It Was McConnell's Office
Fox News:
Columnist Ann Coulter Shocks Cable TV Show, Declaring 'Jews Need to Be Perfected by Becoming Christians'  —  Slash-and-burn columnist Ann Coulter shocked a cable TV talk-show audience Monday when she declared that Jews need to be "perfected" by becoming Christians, and that America would be better off if everyone were Christian.
The Atlantic Online:
Coulter and the Jews  —  Atrios and Andrew Sullivan agree that there's something fishy in Ann Coulter's desire to see Judaism wiped off the face of the earth so we can all be "perfected" by becoming Christians.  —  This is an uncomfortable thing for Jewish people to think about …
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
UPDATE - Gore cancels appearance at Boxer fundraiser  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer's office just contacted us to say former Vice President Al Gore has been called "overseas" for a trip related to his work on global warming and has canceled his scheduled appearance Thursday in San Francisco at a fundraiser for Boxer's re-election effort.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Movement From the Gore-acle?  —  As regular Fix readers know, we have long been fascinated with former Vice President Al Gore and his future (or lack thereof) in elected politics.  —  The confluence of two recent stories has our Gore-dar buzzing again.  The first was an ad that ran in the New York Times yesterday.
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Police: Columbia Won't Turn Over Video  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University has refused to turn over security videotape that could help identify who hung a noose on a black professor's office door, police said Thursday.  —  Investigators began asking on Wednesday for tapes from cameras in the building …
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Cops: Columbia reverses position, turns over tapes in noose case
NY Daily News:
Columbia reverses course, agrees to give cops noose video
Satyam / Think Progress:
Lynne Cheney: Terrorist Attacks Worldwide Don't Affect 'American Interests'  —  A frequent Bush administration talking point in defense of the "war on terror" is claiming that United States has not been attacked since 9/11.  —  Yesterday, Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Cheney …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Hillary's Arrogant Foreign Policy
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
GLENN GREENWALD: Warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty  —  There is a lot of debate about what accounts for the decrepit state of our political press, but often overlooked is the sheer sloth and ignorance of journalists, who repeat what they are told without having any idea what they are talking about.
Discussion: Open Left
Media Matters for America:
Gibson knew school shooter was white because "[b]lack shooters don't" shoot themselves; "they shoot and move on" … On the October 10 broadcast of his nationally syndicated Fox News Radio show, while discussing 14-year-old Asa H. Coon, who earlier that day shot four people at his Cleveland high school …
Turkey recalls ambassador to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the United States in response to a House resolution that would call the World War I massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces genocide, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
Rocky Mountain News:
Documents: Qwest was targeted  —  'Classified info' was not allowed at ex-CEO's trial  —  The National Security Agency and other government agencies retaliated against Qwest because the Denver telco refused to go along with a phone spying program, documents released Wednesday suggest.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Answering Ezra  —  Ezra Klein homes in on my own record in helping scuttle Hillary Clinton's dreadful healthcare reform plan in 1993 and 1994.  It's odd that Klein still supports a plan that Clinton herself has now conceded was misbegotten.  Her current plan is far more market-friendly and less bureaucratic.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Oliver Willis
Fred's Facts Check Out; Rudy's Don't  —  Thompson avoids error at his GOP debate debut.  But Giuliani commits multiple gaffes.  —  Former Sen. Fred Thompson got the facts straight for his GOP debate debut Oct. 9.  But former Mayor Rudy Giuliani added to a lengthening string of exaggerations and misstatements:
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
'God' back on US flag documents
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Hot Air
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Bosses, co-workers, may be killing you
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Marshall criticized after 'nay' vote on child health
Anti-Racist Blog:
Daniel Pipes at Wayne State
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
James Pindell / Boston Globe:
Thompson cancels NH trip
Discussion: MSNBC
Jeff Shelman / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
About-face: Tutu gets St. Thomas invite
Marc Santora / New York Times:
McCain's Health-Care Plan Focuses on Lower Costs
Discussion: The Swamp
 Earlier Items:
HILLARY'S SPEND-O-METER  —  After Only 9 Months On The Campaign Trail …
Discussion: Don Surber
Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
Life After the Death of Environmentalism
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Karl Rove Linked to Siegelman Prosecution
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Four House Democrats No Longer Support the War
Discussion: Conservative Belle
Michael J. Totten:
On Patrol in Ramadi  —  Join me and Army Captain Phil Messer …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
For the GOP, a Daring Tax Choice
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Clinton vows to check executive power