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9:20 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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Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
CQ: Surveillance Bill Will Go to Senate Floor Next Month  —  Tim Starks of Congressional Quarterly reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to bring the Senate's surveillance bill up for floor debate in mid-November.  That's despite the hold that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Booman Tribune and MyDD
Atrios / Eschaton:   Doddmania  —  While Senate rules are confusing to mere mortals …
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Sky News:
Bhutto's Return Rocked By Explosions  —  Dozens of people have been killed in two explosions near to where former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was being welcomed home.  —  Ms Bhutto's truck had just passed when the blasts happened in Karachi, only hours after she ended her eight-year exile.
CNN:
Blasts kill 124 at Bhutto homecoming  —  KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) — Two explosions killed at least 124 people and injured at least 320 Thursday in a suicide bombing near a motorcade carrying former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who returned to the country earlier in the day after eight years …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Welcome back, Bhutto: Dozens dead in jihadi assassination attempt …
Michelle Malkin:   Bloody (un)welcome: Assassination attempt on Bhutto
New York Times:
House Fails to Override Child Health Bill Veto  —  Supporters of a bill to provide health insurance for 10 million children failed this afternoon, as expected, to muster enough support in the House to override President Bush's veto.  —  The vote to override the veto was 273 to 156 …
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Michelle Malkin:
House showdown: The S-CHIP veto override vote; Update: Crazy Pete …
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
House fails to muster SCHIP veto override
Discussion: The Swamp and Truthdig
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.
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Is Waterboarding Torture?  Mukasey: Yes, if It's Torture  —  Mukasey has firmly established that he's against torture — yesterday he even compared it to the Holocaust (see also here).  —  But what exactly does that mean?  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asked Mukasey if he thought waterboarding was Constitutional.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. King's new name for SCHIP.  —  Today on the House floor, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced a new name for the acronym SCHIP — "Socialized Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents":  —  For the record, SCHIP stands for the "State Children's Health Insurance Program" and does not cover undocumented immigrants.
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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.
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton blasted over 'hippie museum'  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hippies used to say if you remember Woodstock, you weren't really there.  Republicans say presidential contender Hillary Clinton can forget about getting $1 million in taxpayer funds for a Woodstock museum.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Rush Limbaugh eBay Auction, Anti-Conservative Smear Campaign  —  SMASHING EXPECTATIONS  —  Reid Smear Letter Bidding Reaches Shocking Level  —  *** FLASH - $851,000!  When bidding reached $10,000, we were amazed.  And when it ratcheted up to $45,000, many were astounded.
John Derbyshire / Media Matters for America:
NRO's Derbyshire on percentages of Hispanics enrolled in school in Iowa town: "[T]ruly an invasion"  —  In an October 18 entry — titled "Aztlan North" — on National Review Online's blog The Corner, NRO columnist John Derbyshire cited the percentage of Hispanic students in the schools of Storm Lake …
Discussion: culturekitchen
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Aztlan North
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Lawmakers blast DHS for building border fence with Chinese steel  —  House members allied with the domestic steel industry blasted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday for building a fence on the Mexican border with Chinese steel.  —  "By allowing the use of Chinese pipe …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and Cliff Schecter
Ideas Primary:
ENDING THE STALEMATE ON IRAQ  —  President Bush's approval rating is in the low 30s.  Congress's is even lower.  Voters want a new strategy in Iraq, and they are clearly disgusted at the inability of the President and Congress to agree on one.  —  The logjam in Congress on the most pressing issue …
Scott Shepard / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Clinton Pollster Predicts Defection Of GOP Women  —  Mark Penn, the pollster and senior strategist of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, predicted Thursday that nearly a quarter of Republican women would defect from the GOP if the New York senator is the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008.
 
 
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Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
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