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1:35 AM ET, October 18, 2007


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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Bush: 'I Am Relevant'  —  A defensive President Bush insisted that he was still relevant this morning in a news conference dominated by his bitter complaints about the Democratic Congress.  —  Asked how he found himself vetoing a children's health insurance bill that had passed Congress …
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  We're now more than halfway through October, and the new leaders in Congress have had more than nine months to get things done for the American people.  Unfortunately, they haven't managed to pass many important bills.
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Bush and Congress Honor Dalai Lama
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
House GOPers Make Bid To Derail FISA Legislation  —  Today the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on its FISA legislation.  Members have been speaking on the floor throughout the day, and the vote was supposed to happen around now.  —  But it looks as if Republicans …
Discussion: Think Progress, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democrats' Corrupt Process Leads to Failure on FISA
Discussion: Associated Press
Chip /
Posted by: Lallye of she changes movement's why!  8:19am today  —  As soon as the page opened, I immediately and definitely saw clockwise, even before I saw the question.  I tried for several minutes to see anit-clockwise.  Could almost catch a glimpse by looking to the right or left …
Discussion: Peach Pundit
Associated Press:
Stephen Colbert: I am running for president  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert has announced his candidacy for president on "The Colbert Report," tossing his satirical hat into the ring of an already crowded race.  —  "I shall seek the office of the president of the United States," …
Jacques Steinberg / The Caucus:
Candidate Colbert  —  Stephen Colbert — who announced plans …
Discussion: Hot Air and The BRAD BLOG
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Rudy's Doin' It!  —  Battle Stations!  Shocked Cacophony Among New York Democrats That Rudy They Know May Actually Become Republican Candidate; 'Romney Is Entitled to Three Wives,' Says Charlie Rangel  —  EDITION OF THE NEW YORK OBSERVER.  —  Philip Burke  —  Rudy-lot!
Discussion: HazZzMat and The Strata-Sphere
CNN Political Ticker:
Republican to Democrats: Watch Out  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — What does a special election in Massachusetts have to do with next year's battle for Congress?  —  A lot, Republicans hope.  The Democrat beat the Republican in Tuesday's contest, but the GOP sees victory in defeat.
Leon Lazaroff / Bloomberg:
Morgan Stanley Sells Entire New York Times Stake  —  Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest shareholder in New York Times Co., sold its entire stake today, according to a person briefed on the transaction, sending the stock to its lowest in more than 10 years.
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Mukasey Calls Torture 'Antithetical' to American Way  —  That was, um, unexpected.  Not only did Michael Mukasey repudiate the so-called 2002 "torture memo" signed by Office of Legal Counsel chief Jay Bybee — which appears to have survived in spirit, if not in letter — but he compared U.S. torture to the Holocaust.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Mukasey, Durbin and the Right
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Law Firm's Gifts Bring Questions After Guilty Pleas  —  Over the years, as it became Exhibit A for critics of shareholders' class-action lawsuits, the law firm of Milberg Weiss often enjoyed the support of Democrats who called the suits an invaluable weapon in the universal conflict between big business and the little guy.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
James Rosen / Fox News:
Syrian Official Says Israeli Airstrike Hit Nuke Facility  —  DAMASCUS, Syria — A high-ranking Syrian official confirmed that Israel's airstrike last month in northern Syria hit a nuclear facility, according to a document obtained Wednesday by FOX News.  —  "Israel was the fourth-largest exporter …
Rasmussen Reports:
Republican Iowa Caucus  —  Iowa: Romney 25% Thompson 19% Huckabee 18%  —  The first Rasmussen Reports poll of the Iowa Republican Caucus for 2008 finds former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney enjoying a six-point lead while former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee …
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick will endorse Obama, officials say  —  Obama lent Patrick a helping hand in last year's governor's race.  —  Governor Deval Patrick is throwing his support to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, an endorsement that will give the Illinois senator a much needed boost …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Blue Mass. Group
Washington Times:
TB-tainted man crosses border 76 times  —  A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the last year, according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.
Estes Thompson / Associated Press:
'Fragging' Is Rare in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — American troops killed their own commanders so often during the Vietnam War that the crime earned its own name - "fragging."  —  But since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has charged only one soldier …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon to alert 8 Guard units for duty  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is preparing to alert eight National Guard units that they should be ready to go to Iraq or Afghanistan beginning late next summer, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.  —  The U.S. military is reaching out to more Guard units …
Discussion: On Deadline and Cliff Schecter
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Next Stop: $100 Oil?  —  Some analysts say record highs are only the beginning.  Traders betting on rising global demand could push prices up further  —  Crude oil prices continued a months-long bullish run with another record-setting day: On Oct. 17, the price for a barrel …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and ParaPundit
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hastert to resign early
Washington Post:
Supreme Court Halts Va. Inmate's Execution
Discussion: TalkLeft
CBS News:
Poll: Most Back Dems In Kids' Health Fight
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Right Wing Pundit On Hillary: "At Least Call Her A Vaginal-American"
Adam Searing / The Progressive Pulse:
Etheridge switches vote — now for child health
The Atlantic Online:
The budget deficit falls again
Discussion: Angry Bear and BitsBlog
Associated Press:
Pelosi: Armenian genocide vote in doubt
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Now In Paperback  —  "Once a voice of restraint and reason …
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Both Parties Have Strengths in "SCHIP" Debate
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Imagine If A Democrat Had Done This, Part 9,487
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Live-blogging the Mukasey confirmation hearing
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY LINE....The point of the Laffer Curve, in a nutshell …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Bush warns of World War III if Iran gets the bomb
Janet Elder / New York Times:
Packaging 9/11, Terror and the War in Iraq

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Samantha Cole / 404 Media:
Source and doc: Runway scraped thousands of videos from YouTube creators and brands, including Disney and VICE News, to train its Gen-3 AI video generation tool

Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
OpenAI says it partnered with publishers including WSJ and The Atlantic to build its search engine SearchGPT; publishers can manage how their content appears

David Gilmour / Mediaite:
The AP removed a fact check debunking the claim that JD Vance admitted he had sex with a couch; AP said the post didn't go through its standard editing process

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