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4:25 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
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  —  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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
AT&T, other telecoms, buy victory in lawsuits
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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.
Washington Post:
House Fails to Overturn Bush Veto on Children's Health Insurance  —  A furious campaign to persuade Republicans to change their votes on the $35 billion expansion of the government children's health insurance program fell 13 votes short today when the House failed to overturn President Bush's veto of the legislation.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Connecting.the.Dots
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
S-CHIP Override Debate: Live Blog
Discussion: Bluey Blog and Macsmind
Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Brownback to withdraw from GOP race  —  WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, the Kansas conservative who struggled to raise money and gain recognition in the 2008 presidential campaign, will drop out on Friday, people close to him said Thursday.  —  Money was a main reason for his decision …
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CNN Political Ticker:
Brownback set to drop bid Friday
Discussion: The Swamp
USA Today:
Military inadvertently recruits gays  —  The Army, Navy and Air Force unwittingly advertised for recruits on a website for gays, who are barred from military service if they are open about their sexual orientation.  —  When informed Tuesday by USA TODAY that they were advertising on GLEE.com …
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Houston Chronicle:
Paul, Obama draw support from military voters
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
Daniel Henninger / Opinion Journal:
Gen. Sanchez's Scream  —  He indicted everyone involved in Iraq, including the media and Congress.  —  Over the past weekend there were front-page accounts everywhere of Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez's description of the war in Iraq as a "nightmare."  The New York Times led its story this way:
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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
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
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.
Courier-Journal:
McConnell versus truth  —  Mitch McConnell can't have it both ways.  —  He can't luxuriate in a reputation for personal caution and political control, yet claim he knew nothing about the role his office tried to play in sliming a Baltimore boy and his family when they came forward in support of the SCHIP health care expansion.
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.
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.
Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Supporters, protesters wage a war of words over Berkeley recruiting station  —  (10-17) 14:38 PDT Berkeley — Dozens of flag-waving military supporters squared off boisterously with peace activists Wednesday in the first major showdown over a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station that until recently …
 
 
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
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John Podhoretz / The Corner:
Numbers Are Of the Essence  —  In 1904, John, if memory serves …
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Yee-haw  —  So later this month, according to THIS INVITATION …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch has drastic plans for WSJ
Discussion: Wake up America
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