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4:55 PM ET, October 18, 2007

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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 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.
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
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
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.
Washington Post:
Senate and Bush Agree On Terms of Spying Bill
Faiz / Think Progress:
Leahy Rips Reported Compromise On FISA: Intel Committee Is 'Caving …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Angry Bear
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
AT&T, other telecoms, buy victory in lawsuits
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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Michelle Malkin:
Bloody (un)welcome: Assassination attempt on Bhutto
Discussion: Say Anything
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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Michael Scherer / Salon:
Giuliani's Christian-right foes to meet again  —  At a second meeting this weekend, leaders will mull mass defection from the GOP if the pro-choice New Yorker is the party nominee.  —  Rudy Giuliani in Washington on Oct. 13.  —  Washington — Key conservative and religious leaders …
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
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.
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
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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