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12:45 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.
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.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democrats' Corrupt Process Leads to Failure on FISA
Discussion: Associated Press
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
House GOPers Make Bid To Derail FISA Legislation
Discussion: Think Progress, Daily Kos and TalkLeft
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:   Senate Deal on Immunity for Phone Companies
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
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
African-Americans boost Clinton lead, poll finds
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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: MyDD, The Politico and Macsmind
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.
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
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
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Pence pushes vote against Fairness Doctrine  —  Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) filed a discharge petition Wednesday to force a vote on legislation to ban the so-called Fairness Doctrine.  —  "The time has come to do away with the Fairness Doctrine once and for all," the lawmaker said on the House floor.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Next Stop: $100 Oil?
Discussion: MoJoBlog and ParaPundit
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hastert to resign early
Washington Post:
Supreme Court Halts Va. Inmate's Execution
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World View
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
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Now In Paperback  —  "Once a voice of restraint and reason …
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Both Parties Have Strengths in "SCHIP" Debate
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Hot Air
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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Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
A profile of John Paul Vranesevich, the owner and only full-time reporter for the Beaver Countian who beat the national media on a Donald Trump shooting scoop

Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
WPP-owned ad agency Ogilvy unveils Influence Shield, a new service that aims to help clients deal with reputational issues arising from social media influencers

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