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4:50 PM ET, October 18, 2007

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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Exclusive: Senator Chris Dodd Will Put A Hold On Telecom Immunity Bill  —  Senator Chris Dodd plans to put a hold on the Senate FISA renewal bill because it reportedly grants retroactive immunity to telephone companies for any role they played in the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program, Election Central has learned.
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Leahy: Intel panel about to 'cave' on surveillance  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday condemned Intelligence Committee Democrats for brokering a deal with the White House that would provide retroactive immunity for telephone companies that assisted …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
Michelle Malkin:
House showdown: The S-CHIP veto override vote; Update: Crazy Pete Stark accuses President Bush of blowing Iraqis and American troops up "for his amusement;" Update: 1:15pm Eastern Veto override fails;Update: MSM ignores Stark remarks  —  Update 3:20pm Eastern.  See my new post on Pete StarkRavingMad.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Come On, Dodd Mania  —  When I was Chris Dodd's guest on Air America last week, I asked him if he'd be willing to filibuster the FISA bill that is making its way through the Senate if it granted retroactive immunity to criminals in the telecom industry.  He said it might well come to that.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
BREAKING: Pelosi working on Bush Impeachment?  (UPDATED)  —  Via Richard M, who attended a meeting of anti-war activists in Los Angeles on Sunday: … Sadly, each of these explanations seems equally plausible.  Which — equally sadly — speaks volumes about today's Congressional Democrats.
Discussion: Redstate and Say Anything
CNN:
House fails to override health care veto  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Democrats on Thursday failed to override President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill that opponents said was too expensive.  —  By a vote of 273 to 156, the measure fell 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override.
Discussion: Salon, The Raw Story and PrairiePundit
Washington Post:
Senate and Bush Agree On Terms of Spying Bill
Washington Post:
House Fails to Overturn Bush Veto on Children's Health Insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bluey Blog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
AT&T, other telecoms, buy victory in lawsuits
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Mukasey: President Can Break Some Laws  —  While Mukasey doesn't think there's an inherent presidential right to torture — which he said is explicitly prohibited by the Constitution — that's not to say he doesn't take a broad interpretation of the president's Article II authority.
Discussion: Balkinization
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MSNBC:
Twin blasts strike near Bhutto  —  Ex-prime minister unhurt, up to 45 others killed, 100 injured  —  Flames burn in the center of Karachi after two explosions strike near a procession carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who returned to Pakistan Thursday after eight years of self-imposed exile.
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Associated Press:
Republican Sam Brownback to Leave Race for Presidency, Sources Say  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Sam Brownback will drop out of the 2008 presidential campaign on Friday, people close to the Kansas senator said Thursday.  —  Brownback, a longshot conservative contender, had trouble raising money to compete in the race.
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Houston Chronicle:
Paul, Obama draw support from military voters  —  WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, the congressman from the Houston area who opposes the Iraq war, has gotten more contributions than any other White House contender from donors identified as affiliated with the military.
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Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Most fake bombs missed by screeners  —  75% not detected at LAX; 60% at O'Hare  —  WASHINGTON — Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY.
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Polling Shows Increased Support for Surge  —  A new Harris Poll of 2,565 adults has some encouraging news for proponents of the U.S. effort in Iraq.  While Americans remain skeptical of the mission and have little trust in either Congress or the president, their view of the situation in Iraq has improved.
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Associated Press:
Poll: Americans 'less pessimistic' about Iraq war
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
DANIEL HENNINGER ON THE POLITICS OF IRAQ: "Arguably it is the proper role of politics to intervene, to question.  But during Vietnam and again now, we haven't been able to avoid simultaneously putting troops on the battlefield while fighting bitterly amongst ourselves at home for the length of the war.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Multi-National Force:
72-year-old concerned citizen takes down suicide bomber  —  Multi-National Corps - Iraq  —  Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory  —  APO AE 09342  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  RELEASE No. 20071018-04  —  72-year-old concerned citizen takes down suicide bomber  —  2nd BCT, 3rd Inf.  Div.
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Yee-haw  —  So later this month, according to THIS INVITATION, the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, is holding a "Rural Americans for Hillary" lunch and campaign briefing at the end of this month....  ..but she's holding it in Washington, DC....  ...at a lobbying firm...
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Spin Cycle
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Rush Limbaugh eBay Auction, Anti-Conservative Smear Campaign  —  SMASHING EXPECTATIONS  —  Reid Smear Letter Bidding Reaches Shocking Level  —  *** FLASH ***  —  When bidding reached $10,000, we were amazed.  And when it ratcheted up to $45,000, many were astounded.
Sadly, No!:
Wingnuttery  —  Keep it up, GOP.  Please, please, please keep acting crazy.  —  For those with bad eyes, Mr. King has created a chart claiming the S-CHIP really stands for "Socialized Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents."  —  Guys, you've done outdone yerselves on this one.
 
 
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Townhall.com:
Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz takes a hard look at network news.
Discussion: Think Progress
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Lawmakers blast DHS for building border fence with Chinese steel
Discussion: The Newshoggers
John Podhoretz / The Corner:
Numbers Are Of the Essence  —  In 1904, John, if memory serves …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch has drastic plans for WSJ
Discussion: Wake up America
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Pakistan plans all-out war on militants
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pete Stark Resorts to Personal Attacks Again
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
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