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6:25 PM ET, October 16, 2007


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NY Daily News:
Air America host Randi Rhodes wasn't mugged  —  Air America radio host Randi Rhodes is temporarily off the air, but claims she was brutally attacked near her Manhattan apartment are bogus, her lawyer and a police source said today.  —  Fellow host Jon Elliott claimed on the liberal radio network …
Barooosk / Talking Radio:
Randi Rhodes is the Victim of a Violent Attack  —  Updated on October 16 at 8:50 AM PDT.  Update set in bold face italics  —  Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Progressive Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes Is Badly Beaten In Street Attack (UPDATED)  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: See our updated post above HERE since the New York Daily News is reporting that Rhodes was not mugged.  We're leaving up the original post since it details the original report as well …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michelle Malkin:
Randi Rhodes wasn't mugged, Air America credibility plunges to NYTimes stock-level depths  —  The real story: … The nutroots are sorely disappointed.
Discussion: Don Surber
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Another Liberal Fantasy Hits Hard Reality
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and BitsBlog
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Rudy In 1996: "I'm Really Not" A Republican Mayor  —  As part of his efforts to win over GOP primary voters, Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly said that he governed New York city as Mayor by adhering to Republican and conservative principles.  —  Today, for instance, Rudy said that he "gave my blood" …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMtv: Meet the Four Horsemen of Rudy's Apocalypse  —  Maybe you love Rudy or maybe you hate him.  But whatever you may think of him, check out his foreign policy team, because that's the key to knowing what to expect from a Rudy presidency.  Especially for candidates with little …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Salon
Amanda / Think Progress:
Lynne Cheney: 'Dick and Barack Obama are eighth cousins.'  —  In an MSNBC interview today, host Norah O'Donnell asked Lynne Cheney her views on Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) presidential campaign and whether "America is ready for a woman president."  Cheney replied that she actually has a "certain bias":
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
CNN Political Ticker:
All in the family: Cheney and Obama related
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Rent for Obama: IL, IA, NV, NH, SC
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Washington Post:
The Real Iraq We Knew  —  Today marks five years since the authorization of military force in Iraq, setting Operation Iraqi Freedom in motion.  Five years on, the Iraq war is as undermanned and under-resourced as it was from the start.  And, five years on, Iraq is in shambles.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Ron Paul's America  —  This is Patrick Ruffini's map of where Ron Paul is getting his money.  The strength in the Mountain West is impressive, if unsurprising.  The hostility of the South to his message of individual liberty is also no big whup.  Stuart Benjamin notices how evenly spread Paul's money-base …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
The Corner:
Rudy Down, Hillary=Barack  —  Some interesting stuff in the new Gallup poll:  —  First off, it has now been more than a year since George W. Bush's job approval rating was above 40 percent in the Gallup poll.  Bush is at 32 percent approval, 64 percent disapproval in the new survey …
The Atlantic Online:
Putin and Iran  —  Vladimir Putin's warnings against military action against Iran deserve to be taken very seriously.  Since we're not contemplating actually conquering Iran and trying to occupy its territory, people need to understand that the post-strike diplomatic environment …
Satyam / Think Progress:
CBS' Logan: 'We're doing extremely badly' in Iraq.  —  Last night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan was asked, "How are we doing" in Iraq?  Logan responded, "It's much worse than the picture, the image we even have of Iraq": … Watch it:
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The Biggest Cheney Mystery  —  Just what is the relationship like between President Bush and Vice President Cheney?  Behind closed doors, who defers to whom?  —  PBS's "Frontline" documentary series tonight chronicles Cheney's relentless, secretive and smashingly successful quest to expand executive power.
Gateway Pundit:
3 Weeks- 3 Countries Protest US Congress... How Do They Do It?  —  The US Congress is working on a new motto:  —  "We're not just unpopular here at home."  —  The US Congress Does It Again...  Now China Quits 5+1 Talks Over Congressional Actions!  —  Two weeks ago Iraqis protested the US Congress...
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Democrats split on genocide resolution  —  Democrats are split on the value of bringing a controversial Armenian genocide resolution to a floor vote.  —  Five House Democrats plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to urge their leadership not to bring the resolution to the floor …
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Spencer Ackerman / American Prospect:
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Iraq demands Blackwater leave the country
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
NY Times: Good News For Edwards Not Fit To Print
Discussion: The Caucus and Ezra Klein
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Daddy Government  —  Perhaps someone else has made this observation …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Right Wing Gleefully Smears Two Yr-Old SCHIP Recipient Bethany Wilkerson
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
So What's With All The Nazi Analogies?
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Discussion: MyDD and Taegan Goddard's …
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
Life is harder now, some experts say
Discussion: Wide Open
Associated Press:
Texas senator may leave before term ends
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh says he told journalist writing story on him: "[W] …
Law center: Little evidence of jihadists in the U.S.
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
Breaking News: Hillary Pledges to End War "Immediately" Upon Taking Office
Bob Jones Dean Endorses ... Romney!
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Is this Pope John Paul II waving from beyond the grave? …