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2:35 PM ET, October 17, 2007


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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
An embattled Bush: 'I've never felt more engaged'
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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 …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Family Planning Appointee Called Contraceptives Part Of The 'Culture Of Death'  —  On Monday, President Bush appointed Susan Orr to oversee federal family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Orr, who is currently directing HHS child welfare programs …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Hmmm ...  It hasn't gotten much attention outside of the Boston suburbs and truly hardcore political junkies.  But there was a congressional election today.  The topline is that the Democrat, Nikki Tsongas, wife of the late Massachusetts senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, won.
Syrian officials admit site attacked by Israel nuclear  —  Israeli reps at UN Disarmament Commission meeting overhear Syrian official say facility targeted by Air Force last month nuclear  —  Syrian officials have admitted that the site attacked by the Israeli air force last month was a nuclear facility …
Jerusalem Post:
Syria: Israel targeted nuclear facility
Discussion: Hot Air and Punditry
Associated Press:
McKinney registers in Calif., where some want to nominate her  —  Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has registered to vote in California, where some want her to run for president as a Green Party candidate.  —  McKinney posted a letter on her Web site last month saying she has no interest in the Green Party nomination.
Yeas & Nays:
Larry Craig isn't Internet literate?  Don't buy it  —  Bathrooms and buses  —  Among all of the bathrooms Sen. Larry Craig has visited, none has been on the information superhighway.  Or so he says.  —  In his interview with Matt Lauer that aired on NBC's "Matt Lauer Reports" …
Washington Post:
Mukasey Strives for Balance in Confirmation Testimony  —  Attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey pledged this morning to adhere to the law and protect the civil liberties of Americans if he is confirmed as the head of the Justice Department, subtly signaling a fresh start after the tumultuous tenure of Alberto R. Gonzales.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Mukasey pledges independence
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Does Obama's Message Match the Moment?  —  Reconciliation May Be Hard Sell to Angry Party  —  WASHINGTON, Iowa — A hush fell over the crowd as Sen. Barack Obama crossed the field, his white shirt glowing in the sun, waves of cornstalks rustling behind him.
USA Today:
Timing of gifts stirs 'earmark' debate  —  WASHINGTON — Days after a Senate committee approved $1 million for a Woodstock concert museum, the project's Republican billionaire backer and his family contributed $29,200 to help the Democrats who requested the money, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer.
techPresident Launches  —  Dear techPresident readers and friends:  —  We're excited to announce the launch of, a new kind of online presidential forum, one that aims to make the most of what the internet has to offer to politics.
Washington Post:
Fenty to Order Switch to Meters for District Taxis  —  D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said today he will sign a mayoral order mandating that taxis switch from a zone system to time-and-distance meters.  —  The decision came after months of study by the administration.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Rudy Roughs Up Arabs  —  Now comes "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week."  —  David Horowitz's conservative Freedom Center has designated next week the time to "break through the barrier of politically correct doublespeak that prevails on American campuses, if you want to help our brave troops, who are fighting the Islamo-Fascists abroad."
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Proposes Big Grants for Family Leave  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday proposed giving $1 billion in grants to states that enact paid family leave laws and said that she would support requiring employers to provide workers seven days' annual paid sick leave.
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
TERROR LAWYER SAYS SHE'D 'DO IT AGAIN'  —  Disbarred terror lawyer Lynne Stewart held court at Hofstra yesterday - unrepentant about the help she gave to a World Trade Center bombing conspirator.  —  Stewart was convicted in 2005 of smuggling secret messages out of prison for Islamic terrorist Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Watching Larry Craig  —  I forced myself.  It was excruciating.  Beyond embarrassing.  Extraordinarily painful - especially for his wife.  Why on earth they decided to subject themselves to prolonging this agony is a question worth asking.  And the answer, I think, is: they have to.
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Mitt-a-Morphosis  —  THE THOUGHT that comes to mind …
Associated Press:
Stephen Colbert: I am running for president
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Washington Post:
Bush Dismisses Chinese Concerns Over Lama Visit
Discussion: Redstate
Stephen Trimble / Flight Global:
EXCLUSIVE: US considers Airbus A380 as Air Force One and potentially …
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
McConnell knew of e-mails about boy
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Democratic Iowa Caucus
Molly Moore / Washington Post:
Turkey Authorizes Military Operation in Iraq
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Specter: No Retroactive Immunity for Telecoms
The Atlantic Online:
I take it all back  —  A conservative publication …
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
Democratic Pandering to the Middle Class
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