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12:55 AM ET, October 13, 2007

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David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Former Top General in Iraq Faults Bush Administration  —  In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top American commander called the Bush administration's handling of the war incompetent and warned that the United States was "living a nightmare with no end in sight."
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Associated Press:
Ex-general: Iraq `nightmare' for US  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. mission in Iraq is a "nightmare with no end in sight" because of political misjudgments after the fall of Saddam Hussein that continue today, a former chief of U.S.-led forces said Friday.  —  Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez …
David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Ex-Commander Says Iraq Effort Is 'a Nightmare'  —  In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top commander of American forces there called the Bush administration's handling of the war "incompetent" and said the result was "a nightmare with no end in sight."
Josh White / Washington Post:
Ex-Commander In Iraq Faults War Strategy
Discussion: Power Line
Jesse Walker / Reason:
How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize  —  Al Gore did it—you can too!  —  In the last decade, Al Gore has won the triple crown: an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize, and (this is disputed) Florida.  Now, winning an Oscar is hard—you usually have to pretend to be handicapped, or speak …
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Matt / Think Progress:
Fox News: Gore's Never 'Actually Done Something For Peace;' Give Petraeus The Prize  —  Earlier today, after Al Gore was named a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Fox News kicked off the right-wing smear attacks on the former Vice President, comparing him to "Yasser Arafat and that crazy Jimmy Carter."
Michelle Malkin:
Question for grown-ups: Who deserves government-subsidized health insurance?  —  Update 7:45pm Eastern.  BitsBlog wonders: … Grown-up meanie Mark Steyn boils it down: "...a two-property three-car family does not demonstrate the need for entitlement expansion."
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Deacon / Power Line:
"MEANIES," "HYPOCRITES," AND THE INFANTILIZATION OF POLITICS  —  The infantilization of American politics is nearly complete.  Exhibit A is the Democrats' use of a 12 year-old to give the party's radio address.  Exhibt B is much of what E.J. Dionne writes.  —  These exhibits come together in Dionne's latest column.
The Corner:
A meanie writes
The Atlantic Online:
This Is Mean, Unfair, And Amusing  —  But people, as in voters, pick up on it:
Daniel Pipes Weblog:
Newsweek's Jaw-Dropping Erratum  —  The editor of Newsweek has added a remarkable erratum to the sidebar to a nasty article by Michael Hirsh about the Giuliani campaign, "Would You Buy a Used Hawk From This Man?"  First, here is the sidebar: … The subsequent correction warrants a place in Guinness World Records.
Discussion: The Corner
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CNBC.com:
An Open Letter to the Ron Paul Faithful  —  Editor's Note:  —  Dear folks,  —  You guys are good.  Real good.  You are truly a force on World Wide Web and I tip my hat to you.  —  That's based on my first hand experience of your work regarding our CNBC Republican candidate debate.
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Rep. Ron Paul / Washington Post:
The Candidates: Rep. Ron Paul
Discussion: MSNBC and Reason Magazine
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The GOP's 20% Problem  —  How do candidates distance themselves from Bush without alienating his die-hards?  —  Fred Thompson gives "a very incoherent and not very concise stump speech," peaked months ago, and is the campaign's "biggest dud."  Mitt Romney has "an authenticity problem"; he is "almost too mechanical about the issues."
Richard Newcomb / NewsBusters.org:
USS Cole Anniversary Today: Media Silent  —  On this day in the year 2000, the guided missile destroyer USS Cole was attacked by Islamic terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden's al-Quaeda group.  Today is the seventh anniversary of that attack.  Seventeen American sailors were killed …
CNN Political Ticker:
Source: Gore thinks Clinton unstoppable  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A source involved in Gore's past political runs told CNN that he definitely has the ambition to use the peace prize as a springboard to run for president.  —  But he will not run, because he won't take on the political machine assembled …
Greg B. Smith / NY Daily News:
Prosecutors expected to file charges against Bernard Kerik  —  Bernard Kerik's legal nightmare is about to get worse, with federal prosecutors expected to file charges against the former police commissioner that will likely include allegations of bribery, tax fraud and obstruction of justice, the Daily News has learned.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
On Gore  —  First, before any other yapping and commentary, a big congratulations to Al Gore.  —  There are several layers of irony and poetic justice wrapped into this honor.  The first is that the greatest step for world peace would simply have been for Gore not to have had the presidency stolen from him in November 2000.
CNN:
Timing of genocide resolution questioned  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — With tensions rising between the United States and Turkey over a resolution that labels the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces "genocide," many are asking why the House is debating the resolution now.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
On Ezra Klein  —  I can't say I read him very often but I came across …
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DownWithTyranny!:
LET'S SEE IF WE CAN'T GET CONGRESSMAN MARSHALL TO COME AROUND …
Kevin Tracy:
Fred Thompson: The Next Ronald Reagan?
The Corner:
'Twas Ever Thus
Discussion: The Talent Show
Mussab Al-Khairalla / Reuters:
Iraq bomb in toy cart hits children in playground
Ed Henry / CNN:
Free from White House, ex-counselor tells tales
Discussion: Wonkette
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
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New York Post:
TEHRAN'S PRICE FOR 'SOLIDARITY'
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USA Today:
The Enron whistle-blower who wasn't  —  Lynn Brewer …
Discussion: Wizbang and Cold Fury
Tim Lambert / Deltoid:
An 'error' is not the same thing as an error
Dean Barnett / Townhall.com:
FAQ - My Final Post (UPDATED with Goofy Image of the Goreacle)
Discussion: Heading Right
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush's Legacy on Voting Rights: A Story from Ohio
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Associated Press Is Outdone In Accuracy By...Fox News!
Jim Wallis / Beliefnet:
Dinner with the Antichrist  —  Last evening I attended a reception …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
WaPo's Continuing Editorial Slide
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Great Navigator  —  Bill Clinton's greatest domestic achievement …