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9:30 PM ET, October 17, 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.
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 to run for the presidency, at least in South Carolina, on his Comedy Central show Tuesday night — is apparently serious enough that his staff reached out to the state's Democratic and Republican committees in advance of his announcement.
Discussion: Hot Air and The BRAD BLOG
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.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Imagine If A Democrat Had Done This, Part 9,487  —  Here's a question: When are the cable nets and the Capitol Hill press and the pundits going to dig into the role that GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell played in pushing the smear of the Frost family?  —  It needs to be said that reporters …
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
McConnell knew of e-mails about boy
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Birth-Control Foe To Run Office on Family Planning  —  The Bush administration again has appointed a chief of family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who has been critical of contraception.  —  Susan Orr, most recently an associate commissioner in the Administration …
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
The Hill:
Pelosi sours on Senate  —  Frustrated by lack of legislative progress in the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is increasingly touting Democratic achievements in the House.  —  Her statements represent a significant shift from the stance she took six months ago.
Janet Elder / New York Times:
Packaging 9/11, Terror and the War in Iraq  —  The language used to talk about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the language used to take the nation to war in Iraq have been so interlaced that polls show they are inextricably linked in the minds of a substantial number of voters.
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and Salon
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
NYT: Surprisingly, Voters Associate Iraq with War on Terror
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Both Parties Have Strengths in "SCHIP" Debate  —  Democrats generally preferred, but Bush's counterarguments have support  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Beltway debate over a bill reauthorizing federal funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is moving beyond the attempt …
Discussion: Hot Air
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Beta Testing Their Product
Discussion: The American Street
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Swamp
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Adam Searing / The Progressive Pulse:
Etheridge switches vote — now for child health
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon to alert 8 Guard units for duty
Discussion: On Deadline and Cliff Schecter
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hsunanigans: Virtually none of Hsu's bundlees re-donate to Hillary
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Now In Paperback  —  "Once a voice of restraint and reason …
Jessica Kwong / Daily Californian:
Protests Follow Recruiting Center to Berkeley
The Atlantic Online:
Features and Bugs  —  The other day, Jessica Valenti was touting …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Live-blogging the Mukasey confirmation hearing
 Earlier Items: 
Arnold Kling / TCS Daily:
So You Want to be a Masonomist … In 1962, few people knew …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Plame's book faults Bush, journalists
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Pence pushes vote against Fairness Doctrine
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE PARTY LINE....The point of the Laffer Curve, in a nutshell …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Days After Claiming U.S. Less Safe Due To Iraq War, Counterterrorism …
Associated Press:
McKinney registers in Calif., where some want to nominate her