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3:50 PM ET, October 19, 2007


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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.
Michelle Malkin:
Won't you take me to Chinatown?  —  The Los Angeles Times digs …
Discussion: Right Voices and Riehl World View
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hsu II?  Hillary raking in cash from poor Chinese immigrants …
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:
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and The Swamp
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Martinez quits as RNC general chairman  —  WASHINGTON - Mel Martinez, the public face of the Republican National Committee as its general chairman, announced Friday he was stepping down from his post after serving only 10 months.  —  "I believe that our future as a party and nation is bright …
CNN Political Ticker:
Top GOP boss to quit
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.
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 …
A'Melody Lee / Political Radar:
Brownback Weighs Giuliani Endorsement?  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports:  —  A top adviser to Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kas., heaped praise on Rudy Giuliani on Friday and told ABC News that an endorsement of the former New York mayor is a distinct possibility before the first votes are cast in the Republican presidential contest.
Discussion: National Review
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   Brownback says Rudy won't get nod
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.
Michael Lacey / Phoenix New Times:
Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution  —  Joe Arpaio, Andy Thomas and Dennis Wilenchik hit New Times with grand jury subpoenas  —  This newspaper and its editorial staff — both current and former — are the targets of unprecedented grand jury subpoenas dated August 24.
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," …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter, Hot Air and TVNewser
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Pelosi's Armenian Gambit  —  There are three relevant questions concerning the Armenian genocide.  —  (a) Did it happen?  —  (b) Should the U.S. House of Representatives be expressing itself on this now?  —  (c) Was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's determination to bring this to a vote …
Byron York / The Corner:
The Buzz at the Value Voters Summit  —  A few notes from behind-the-scenes talk at the Value Voters Summit:  —  The most buzz-making speech of the session so far was from Tom Tancredo's.  Family Research Council insiders expect that to turn into some votes when the straw poll results are tallied, but how many can't be predicted.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Senate Democrats Block Vote on Permanent Internet Tax Ban  —  We've been following the halting progress of the Internet Tax Moratorium.  Earlier this week Members of the House were denied the opportunity to vote on a permanent extension, and instead overwhelmingly passed a four-year extension.
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
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Conservative Echo-chamber shows signs of internal friction
Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Activists send underwear to Burmese embassies
Discussion: Salon and Hot Air
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House may be told to save e-mails
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Putin Finds Expedient Hero In Four-Term U.S. President
Atrios / Eschaton:
Immunity  —  Unlike Ann Coulter, I'm no constitutional scholar …
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
The US is a great place to be anti-American
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Harry Reid works to ensure telecom amnesty, warrantless surveillance
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
No To Mukasey … Matt calls him "completely unacceptable."
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Anti-War Veteran Quits Anti-War Organization
Discussion: The Hill
The Raw Story:
Cheney hand seen behind leaks of 'misleading' stories
Nobel winner: I didn't mean blacks are inferior
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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