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2:20 AM ET, October 19, 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) …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Reid Tries To Shut Down Dodd's Hold  —  Well this is quite shocking: … I'm a bit confused here.  This just doesn't happen.  So I chatted with someone I know with extensive Hill experience, who said: … Consider what happened when Chris Dodd introduced the Emmet Till cold case bill …
Atrios / Eschaton:   Doddmania  —  While Senate rules are confusing to mere mortals …
MSNBC:
Blasts aimed at Bhutto kill more than 120  —  Ex-Pakistan prime minister not hurt, but more than 120 killed  —  DEVELOPING STORY  —  KARACHI, Pakistan - A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed at least 123 people Thursday night …
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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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Martin Kady II / The Politico:
House fails to muster SCHIP veto override
Discussion: The Swamp and Truthdig
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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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Fantasy of Ron Paul's Military Support  —  Does Andrew Sullivan read stories before he comments on them?  In this case, I suspect he didn't, otherwise he's engaging in pure military-related fantasy.  In response to this article from the Houston Chronicle reporting that Ron Paul …
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.
Mike Potemra / The Corner:
Does Israel Have to Be a Convent?  —  Anti-Iraq War blogger Mark Shea is trying to drive a wedge between U.S. evangelicals and Israel, by posting a video on his website that he hopes will shock us into realizing that Israel is just another "secular nation-state."
Discussion: BitsBlog
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.
Discussion: The Swamp, The Politico and Hot Air
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 …
Kristin Bender / Contra Costa Times:
Recruiting facility at center of storm  —  BERKELEY — Flag-waving demonstrators far outnumbered a group of peace advocates who were protesting a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting center in downtown on Wednesday.  —  But groups on both sides of Shattuck Avenue slowed traffic and jammed sidewalks …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Robot Cannon Kills 9, Wounds 14  —  We're not used to thinking of them this way.  But many advanced military weapons are essentially robotic — picking targets out automatically, slewing into position, and waiting only for a human to pull the trigger.  Most of the time.
Discussion: The Belmont Club
 
 
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Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas minister urges vote for a Christian, not Romney
Discussion: Pandagon
The Atlantic Online:
Obama Hires A Rapid Responder
ABCNEWS:
Silicon Insider: How The New York Times Fell Apart
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Death of the Machine  —  "There are two things that are important in politics.
Brian Beutler / American Prospect:
Senate Caves on Wiretapping
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Panel Approves Eavesdropping Compromise
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
Finally, Action! Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Defend Constitution!
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Colbert Consulted Parties Before Announcing Run
Discussion: Open Left
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Scott Shepard / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Clinton Pollster Predicts Defection Of GOP Women
John Derbyshire / Media Matters for America:
NRO's Derbyshire on percentages of Hispanics enrolled in school …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McCain Back at Scene of Collapse in S. Carolina
Discussion: Amygdala
The Raw Story:
Bush on Israel: I don't remember 1981
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
When Mediocrity Attacks!
Discussion: Frog
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Lawmakers blast DHS for building border fence with Chinese steel
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Rush Limbaugh eBay Auction, Anti-Conservative Smear Campaign
 

 
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Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

 
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