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4:35 PM ET, October 14, 2007


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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The 'Good Germans' Among Us  —  "BUSH lies" doesn't cut it anymore.  It's time to confront the darker reality that we are lying to ourselves.  —  Ten days ago The Times unearthed yet another round of secret Department of Justice memos countenancing torture.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Mock Columnist, Amok  —  I was in my office, writing a column on the injustice of relative marginal tax rates for hedge fund managers, when I saw Stephen Colbert on TV.  —  He was sneering that Times columns make good "kindling."  He was ranting that after you throw away the paper …
Curt / Flopping Aces:
Hyperventilating Liberals On Torture
Discussion: The Agonist
Washington Post:
Better Numbers  —  NEWS COVERAGE and debate about Iraq during the past couple of weeks have centered on the alleged abuses of private security firms like Blackwater USA.  Getting such firms into a legal regime is vital, as we've said.  But meanwhile, some seemingly important facts …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
WaPo: Petraeus Was Right  —  The Washington Post's editorial board noticed something over the last few weeks that many of us have pointed out all along.  They discover that General David Petraeus told the truth about the improving situation in Iraq.  They have also found out that hardly …
Discussion: BitsBlog and Middle Earth Journal
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Beltway Establishment's contempt for the rule of law  —  The Washington Post's Editorial Page, in the establishment-defending form of Fred Hiatt, today became but the latest Beltway appendage to urge the enactment of a special law providing amnesty to our nation's poor, put-upon, lawbreaking telecoms:
Washington Post:
Surveillance Update  —  WHEN IT comes to updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for a new technological age, the Bush administration refuses to take yes for an answer.  —  The House is poised this week to take up a carefully crafted revision to the law that addresses …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Who Will Succeed Al Gore?  —  Seeing Al Gore so deservedly share the Nobel Peace Prize, it is impossible not to note the contrast in his leadership and that of George W. Bush.  —  Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush each faced a crucible moment.  For Mr. Gore, it was winning the popular vote and having …
Steve Lytte / Sydney Morning Herald:
Gore gets a cold shoulder
Jules Crittenden:
King Al the Green
Discussion: PrairiePundit and The Mahablog
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Code of Coercion  —  In 1943, the Supreme Court, affirming the right of Jehovah's Witnesses children to refuse to pledge allegiance to the U.S. flag in schools, declared: "No official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion …
Jillian / Sadly, No!:
This Must Be That "Compassionate Conservatism" We Keep Hearing About  —  First it was twelve year old boys, and now it's injured Iraqi war vets: … Of course, when you read the article, it's hard to see how someone could come to the conclusion that this vet is faking illness:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
A Wife's Battle  —  When Her Soldier Returned From Baghdad …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Lawmakers Voice Their Unease  —  There is concern among Republicans under attack on children's health insurance that the White House does not appreciate their political difficulties.
John F. Burns / New York Times:
What Cats Know About War  —  IT was a bitterly cold night in the Baghdad winter of 2005, somewhere in the predawn hours before the staccato of suicide bombs and mortars and gunfire that are the daily orchestration of the war.  Alone in my office in The Times's compound beside the Tigris River …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Fox News:
Rush Limbaugh Earns Big Money From Senate Letter Chastising Him  —  WASHINGTON — A letter sent to Rush Limbaugh's boss demanding he be chastised for comments he made on the air about "phony soldiers" is now on the auction block, and the latest bid is a cool $41,400.
Discussion: Wake up America and Cliff Schecter
Stephen Green / VodkaPundit:
Just Trying to be Helpful  —  Say it to yourself over and over again...  ..."There is no Axis of Evil, there is no Axis of Evil."  That Syria was building a North Korean-designed nuclear reactor, not long after taking delivery of "cement" from a North Korean ship, while at the same …
Laura Figueroa /
Candidate's oral-sex slogan is no laughing matter  —  A campaign slogan focusing on oral sex is creating a storm of controversy during Hialeah City Council election season.  —  AIM reprint  —  —  Live in Hialeah?  Like oral sex?
Massoud Ansari / Telegraph:
Taliban use hostage cash to fund UK blitz  —  Millions of dollars handed over to secure the release of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan have been used to buy weapons deployed against British and American forces in the country, the Taliban claims.  —  Major Alexis Roberts, 32 …
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The man who knew too much  —  He was the CIA's expert …
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Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Clinton-Obama Quandary for Many Black Women
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama: Religion should play role in climate change
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hot Air
The Independent:
Robert Fisk: Do you know the truth about Lockerbie?
Discussion: protein wisdom and Daimnation!
Opinion Journal:
Not Nobel Winners  —  Some nominees for next year.
Jim Golby / Washington Post:
Getting Iraq To Work
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Strange Bedfellows  —  A. takes an important truth developed by others,
Discussion: Swords Crossed
C. Onur Ant / Associated Press:
Turkish general warns US over ties
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
A Loss In The Family  —  Yes, I know the Crow's Nest has mostly …
Discussion: BitsBlog
Associated Press:
Iraq Sees Dramatically Low Death Toll
Discussion: QandO and Wake up America
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Bauer urges 'open mind'
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Barone / Opinion Journal:
The Special Relationship
Discussion: Power Line and Fausta's blog