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5:55 PM ET, October 19, 2007

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The Corner:
I'm Told  —  Senator Reid just went to the Senate floor and asked people to bid on the Rush letter.  —  40-some minutes to go....  UPDATE: Here's a raw transcript from the Senate:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Harry Reid And The Letter Of Doom  —  Harry Reid tried his best to put the best possible spin on the Rush Limbaugh letter that just sold to a Republican philanthropist for $2.1 million dollars.  Rush will put up a matching $2.1 million donation to a charity that assists the children of Marines …
Discussion: Hot Air, Liberty Pundit and Neocon News
Little Green Footballs:
Harry Reid Hearts Rush Limbaugh  —  As the bidding draws to a close on his ugly smear letter, Harry Reid is now taking credit for raising money for children of fallen soldiers. … Hypocrisy so extreme it warps time and space.  —  UPDATE at 10/19/07 10:15:05 am:  —  The winner of the auction was philanthropist Betty Casey.
The Corner:
Cheap date  —  Kathryn, Harry Reid's Rush-and-I-don't-agree …
Discussion: Don Surber and Wizbang
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid praises Rush
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dodd Goes to the Mat: Says He Will Filibuster FISA  —  He said he "might have to."  And he will.  —  From the Dodd campaign: … Finally someone willing to filibuster and cut through the ocean of glue the Senate seems to be swimming in.  —  This is awesome.  Go Dodd.  —  Update: Just added — YouTube above.
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Can Chris Dodd Block a FISA Extension?  —  On Wednesday afternoon, the House was forced to indefinitely defer its consideration of the Democrats' bill to extend FISA.  By Wednesday evening, leading Senate Republicans and Democrats had agreed to a compromise bill.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Martinez resigns as general chair of RNC  —  Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will resign as general chairman of the Republican Party today, saying he wants to spend more time on his work as Florida's GOP senator, Politico has learned.  —  Martinez, who took the job nine months ago as the public face …
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Los Angeles Times:
An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton  —  The candidate's unparalleled fundraising success relies largely on the least-affluent residents of New York's Chinatown — some of whom can't be tracked down.  —  NEW YORK — Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Speaks About Non-Mugging, Raises New Questions  —  A DEEPER HOLE … Now that Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has returned to the airwaves, at least one mystery has been solved: we know why her lawyer was in charge of making press statements.
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Fox News:
FOX To Air Controversial Documentary on Islam  —  A controversial film that PBS axed from its documentary series about the post-Sept. 11 world will be broadcast for the first time nationwide this week by the FOX News Channel.  —  The documentary, originally titled "Islam vs. Islamists," …
Opinion Journal:
What Happened at Haditha  —  The massacre that wasn't, and its political exploitation.  —  The incident at Haditha—or the massacre, as it is often called—is due for a wholesale rethinking.  The allegations are that in 2005 U.S. Marines went on a killing spree and deliberately executed 24 Iraqi civilians.
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Libertarians Rising  —  To oversimplify: Democrats are for Big Government; Republicans are against it.  —  To oversimplify somewhat less, Democrats aren't always for Big Government, and Republicans aren't always against it.  Democrats treasure civil liberties, whereas Republicans …
Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Activists send underwear to Burmese embassies  —  Activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply pressure on Burma's military regime are resorting to a new means of protest against the regime's recent crackdown: sending female underwear to Burmese embassies.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama wants official fired for comments  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said Friday the head of the Justice Department's voting rights division should be fired for saying voter ID laws hurt the elderly but aren't a problem for minorities because they often die before old age.
Michael Fragoso / Christian Science Monitor:
CHINA'S SURPLUS OF SONS: A GEOPOLITICAL TIME BOMB  —  Ending its one-child policy could ease instability. … The Olympics are around the corner.  Just as qualifying athletes are training hard for the big event, China seeks to put its best foot forward in response to critics at home and abroad.
Discussion: The Corner and bustardblog
 
 
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