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8:50 AM ET, October 18, 2007


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Washington Post:
Senate and Bush Agree On Terms of Spying Bill  —  Some Telecom Companies Would Receive Immunity  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans reached agreement with the Bush administration yesterday on the terms of new legislation to control the federal government's domestic surveillance program …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Senate Deal on Immunity for Phone Companies  —  Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday with the Bush administration that would give telephone carriers legal immunity for any role they played in the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Democrats' Corrupt Process Leads to Failure on FISA
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hastert to resign early  —  Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is expected to announce that he plans to leave the House later this year, setting up the widely anticipated prospect of a special election to replace him, Republican sources on Capitol Hill confirmed.
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
Breaking News: Former Speaker Hastert to resign  —  The Roll Call newspaper in Washington reported on its website this evening that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois intends to resign his House seat later this year.  —  The subscription-only site said Hastert …
Discussion: The Swamp and DownWithTyranny!
Robert Wilonsky / Unfair Park:
KDFW Suspends Rebecca Aguilar After Controversial "Ambush"  —  Monday night, KDFW-Channel 4 ran a piece about 70-year-old James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in West Dallas, who, early Sunday morning, shot and killed and man trying to break into his business.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Senior Reduced To Tears By Reporter After Shooting
Discussion: Hot Air
Juan Cole / Salon:
The Iran hawks  —  Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton think a tough line on Tehran will sell politically.  They could be right.  —  Rudy Giuliani speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Mich., on Oct. 9, left; Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigns in Atlanta on Oct. 12.
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 and Fact-esque
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated an ambitious plan to relax the decades-old media ownership rules, including repealing a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city.
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.
Estes Thompson / Associated Press:
'Fragging' Is Rare in Iraq, Afghanistan  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — American troops killed their own commanders so often during the Vietnam War that the crime earned its own name - "fragging."  —  But since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has charged only one soldier …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Portents of A Nuclear Al-Qaeda  —  Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is paid to think about the unthinkable.  As the Energy Department's director of intelligence, he's responsible for gathering information about the threat that a terrorist group will attack America with a nuclear weapon.
Arthur Martin / Daily Mail:
Father delivered baby after partner was turned away from NHS hospital - TWICE  —  During a difficult pregnancy, Elizabeth Jones was monitored every day because doctors were worried about the health of her baby.  —  But on the day of the birth, she was twice turned away from the hospital …
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.
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.
Discussion: BitsBlog and Scared Monkeys
Theodore Dalrymple / City Journal:
Cameras, Crooks, and Deterrence  —  Constant surveillance seems to have had little effect on Britain's sky-high crime.  —  After the North Koreans, the British are probably the most highly surveyed people in the world.  Around 10,000 publicly funded closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras …
Discussion: and Central Sanity
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Voice of America:
Bush Says Iran Must Be Prevented From Getting Nukes To Avoid WW III
USA Today:
Most fake bombs missed by screeners
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Stephen Colbert announces presidential bid, but is it the truth or truthiness?
BBC unions prepare to strike over job cuts
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Anti-Gay Church Says Thompson Agreed
Jennifer Dobner / Associated Press:
Judge orders TV reporter to do story or face contempt
Discussion: Corrente and TalkLeft
Lou Dobbs / CNN:
Beware the lame duck
Mike Carney / On Deadline:
Oral Roberts prez wants to step aside — temporarily
Discussion: Unfogged
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Late-Night Obama  —  In presidential debates, Senator Barack Obama …
Moira Herbst / Business Week:
Next Stop: $100 Oil?
CBS News:
Poll: Most Back Dems In Kids' Health Fight
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Bush and Congress Honor Dalai Lama