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10:40 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.
Michelle Malkin:
Randi Rhodes wasn't mugged, Air America credibility plunges to NYTimes stock-level depths  —  Update 8:30pm Eastern.  "It was the brownshirts!"  —  Lord, what fools these moonbats be.  —  The real story: … The nutroots are sorely disappointed.  But the truth isn't likely to stop …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Progressive Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes Is Badly Beaten In Street Attack (UPDATED)
Discussion: The American Street
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Another Liberal Fantasy Hits Hard Reality
Discussion: Gawker, Liberty Pundit and BitsBlog
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, Taylor Marsh and Wonkette
CNN Political Ticker:
All in the family: Cheney and Obama related  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Go back far enough, the saying goes, and everyone's related.  —  But could it be possible that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Vice President Dick Cheney share a common ancestor?  —  Cheney's wife Lynne says yes.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Right Wing Gleefully Smears Two Yr-Old SCHIP Recipient Bethany Wilkerson … "We need more 'partisan bickering,' not less," added Malkin.
Did McConnell mislead public?  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It appears Senator Mitch McConnell may have misled WHAS11 News when he told us nobody on his staff had anything to do with an effort to dig into the background of a 12-year-old boy.  —  An aide to McConnell has admitted he sent an e-mail …
Discussion: Corrente
Kurt Hayes / WCVB-TV:
5th U.S. Congressional District Special Election  —  Massachusetts Fifth U.S. Congressional District  —  Precincts Reporting - 96 out of 195 - 49%  —  Should You Get A Home Equity Loan?  —  Thinking of remodeling your home or paying off some debt?  LendingTree has expert articles …
CNN Political Ticker:
Carville: Jeb Bush will be GOP nominee  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Democratic strategist and CNN analyst James Carville tossed out a provocative idea during a panel discussion on politics Tuesday.  —  At CNN's America Votes 2008 Breakfast, the chief architect of Bill Clinton's successful 1992 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
N.H. inches toward December primary  —  Notice to all national political reporters, campaign operatives and presidential candidates: You may not be home for the holidays.  —  Until recently, I did not think that any state actually would hold its 2008 primary as early as this December.
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
Bill Schneider / CNN:
Poll: Thompson's star fades as Clinton's rises  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Fred Thompson got into the Republican race with great expectations.  And sure enough, just after he got in last month, polling showed Thompson and Rudy Giuliani were just about tied for front-runner.
The Corner:   Rudy Down, Hillary=Barack  —  Some interesting stuff in the new Gallup poll:
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 …
Neal Kozodoy / Commentary:
An Announcement  —  We are delighted to announce that John Podhoretz has been named to succeed  —  Neal Kozodoy in the position of COMMENTARY's Editor as of January 1, 2009.  —  Mr. Podhoretz will join the COMMENTARY staff this November.  In the interim role of Editorial Director …
Iraq demands Blackwater leave the country  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki asked the U.S. State Department to "pull Blackwater out of Iraq," after an Iraqi probe concluded that the private contractors committed unprovoked and random killings in a September 16 shooting, an adviser to al-Maliki told CNN.
Iraqi: My son, wife were slaughtered
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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:
White House:
President Bush Meets with Senator Bob Dole and Secretary Donna Shalala on the Commission on Care for Wounded Warriors  —  Fact Sheet: Ensuring Our Wounded Warriors Get the Best Possible Care  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.  Thanks for coming.  Welcome to the Rose Garden.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Wounded Warrior Reform: Conference Call
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Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
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Gateway Pundit:
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Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
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Associated Press:
Texas senator may leave before term ends
Discussion: Daily Kos
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh says he told journalist writing story on him: "[W] …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Firedoglake