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5:40 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."
Discussion: SWJ Blog and Prairie Weather
Stars & Stripes:
Sanchez, former U.S. commander in Iraq, calls war 'a nightmare with no end in sight'  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - The former top commander of U.S. troops in Iraq slammed the handling of the war and gave a bleak assessment of the current situation in Iraq.  —  "There is no question that America …
Kelly Kennedy / Army Times:
Ex-Iraq general blasts war planners, media  —  The former top commander of forces in Iraq lambasted reporters Friday for having "agenda-driven biases" he called "a threat to democracy," and then laid out the Bush administration and Congress for bad planning and no clear end state for the war in Iraq.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Josh White / Washington Post:
Ex-Commander In Iraq Faults War Strategy  —  'No End in Sight,' Says Retired General Sanchez  —  Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who led U.S. forces in Iraq for a year after the March 2003 invasion, accused the Bush administration yesterday of going to war with a "catastrophically flawed" …
Discussion: ParaPundit and 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."
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
Question for grown-ups: Who deserves government-subsidized health insurance?
The Corner:
A meanie writes
JoinRudy2008:
RUDY GIULIANI ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FOREIGN POLICY ADVISORS  —  The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee today announced additional members of Mayor Giuliani's foreign policy team, including Dr. Ruth Wedgwood, an internationally-renowned legal and United Nations expert, as a member …
The Atlantic Online:
This Is Mean, Unfair, And Amusing  —  But people, as in voters, pick up on it:
Juan Cole:
Who Lost Turkey?  —  Turkey has been the strongest ally that the United States has had in the Middle East since the end of WW II.  The Marshall Plan started with Northern tier states like Turkey and Greece.  Turkey joined NATO and was a key player in the American victory in the Cold War.
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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 this chilling post of his from last week.  It's an attack on any independent thought outside of the situational demands of a political coalition.  It is a full-throated and not-even-regretful support for the subjugation …
Discussion: Brian Beutler and Ezra Klein
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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Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Legal or Not, Abortion Rates Compare  —  A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women seeking it.
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 …
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
Coulter's anti-Semitic comment too dangerous to ignore  —  Ann Coulter is buzzing from one talk show to another these days, peddling her new book.  Our era values mindless contention as a kind of entertainment, and we don't just reward relentless self-promotion — we admire it.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
 
 
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Rep. Ron Paul / Washington Post:
The Candidates: Rep. Ron Paul
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Kevin Tracy:
Fred Thompson: The Next Ronald Reagan?
The Corner:
'Twas Ever Thus
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Mussab Al-Khairalla / Reuters:
Iraq bomb in toy cart hits children in playground
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Clooney, DiCaprio eye journey 'North'
New York Times:
Putin Criticizes U.S. Officials on Missile Defense
New York Post:
TEHRAN'S PRICE FOR 'SOLIDARITY'
USA Today:
The Enron whistle-blower who wasn't  —  Lynn Brewer …
Discussion: Wizbang and Cold Fury
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Sources: CIA legal official quit in protest over "enhanced interrogations"
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Associated Press Is Outdone In Accuracy By...Fox News!
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
The GOP's 20% Problem  —  How do candidates distance themselves …
Greg B. Smith / NY Daily News:
Prosecutors expected to file charges against Bernard Kerik
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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