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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: 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-on-much- but letter makes a small man look even more shriveled.  Rush is matching the highest bid for the Reid/Kennedy/Dodd/etc letter, so right now he'll be writing a personal check for somewhere north of two million bucks.
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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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Dodd Will Filibuster Telecom Immunity Bill If Reid Brings It To Vote  —  Amping up his efforts to block the Senate FISA bill containing retroactive immunity for the telecom companies, Senator Chris Dodd's campaign says that he will filibuster the measure if the Dem Senate leadership tries …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Can Chris Dodd Block a FISA Extension?
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.
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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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," …
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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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
First Read: Brownback says Giuliani won't get nod  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  WASHINGTON, DC — After his Values Voters speech here, in which he called for all Americans to defend life at every stage, Brownback refused to confirm the news that he is dropping out of the presidential race this afternoon.
Discussion: All Spin Zone
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A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Brownback Weighs Giuliani Endorsement?
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fox News anchor slams Bush's SCHIP double standard.  —  Yesterday, on Fox News' All Star Panel, conservative Roll Call editor Mort Kondracke slammed President Bush's SCHIP "compromise," which "cut[s] off about a million children from the rolls."  Kondracke called Bush out on making …
Discussion: The Reaction
KCBS:
Stark Stands Behind GOP Accusations  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Bay Area Representative Pete Stark told KCBS he refuses to apologize to Republicans after accusing them of sending troops to Iraq "to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement" during a debate over a children's health bill.
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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 …
 
 
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