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8:50 AM ET, October 20, 2007

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Bidding Over $2M for Dems Anti-Rush Letter  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Who says the political fingerpointing in Washington is all for naught?  —  Back in September, when Democrats and Republicans were sniping at each other over the Iraq war, Republicans passed a nonbinding resolution …
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Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Limbaugh Sells Critical Letter for $2.1 Million  —  After Rush Limbaugh referred to Iraq war veterans critical of the war as "phony soldiers," he received a letter of complaint signed by 41 Democratic senators.  He decided to auction the letter, which he described as "this glittering jewel …
Don Surber:
ABC's Rush report shows why people hate the media  —  Why the Surber kids were told Daddy is a piano player in a whorehouse  —  Why do people absolutely detest the media?  Is it the laziness?  Is it the incompetence?  Is it the bias?  —  This report from the ABC News blog shows all 3 elements.
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:   Limbaugh Spins Reid's Letter Into Charity Gold
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ring Wing goes bonkers over Rep. Pete Stark's comments: Take the C&L Poll … After Rep. Pete Stark made his harsh statements against the Republicans and Bush over the SCHIP veto, the right wingers are trying to change the subject again by feigning outrage against him.  Stark also didn't fall for the MoveOn ad outrage also.
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David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Stark's Remarks Set Off G.O.P. Lawmakers  —  A day after successfully sustaining President Bush's veto of a bill to provide health insurance to 10 million children, Congressional Republicans remained in an uproar over comments made by Representative Pete Stark, Democrat of California …
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi backs away from Rep. Stark's criticism of Bush
Discussion: Power Line
KCBS:   Stark Stands Behind GOP Accusations
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pete Stark Stands by His Vitriol
Josh White / Washington Post:
Ex-Prosecutor Alleges Pentagon Plays Politics  —  Pressure for 'Sexy' Guantanamo Hearings  —  Politically motivated officials at the Pentagon have pushed for convictions of high-profile detainees ahead of the 2008 elections, the former lead prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay said last night …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Next Hurrah
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William Glaberson / New York Times:   Claim of Pressure for Closed Guantánamo Trials
Ian James / Associated Press:
Glass Monument to Che in Venezuela Shot  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A glass monument to revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara was shot up and destroyed less than two weeks after it was unveiled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's government.  —  Images of the 8-foot-tall glass plate …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
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Little Green Footballs:
Venezuelan Monument to Che Guevara Destroyed
Discussion: Death
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: The Case for Israel's Strike on Syria  —  Official: Air Attack Targeted Nascent Nuclear Facility Built With North Korean 'Expertise'  —  Israeli officials believed that a target their forces bombed inside Syria last month was a nuclear facility, because they had detailed photographs taken …
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George Jahn / Associated Press:
UN nuclear agency examines Syria images
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Hot Air
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Plainly, a Justice Department Pick of Like Mind  —  The senators questioning Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, seemed so pleased at first to be receiving direct and unadorned answers that they appeared to be barely taking in what he was saying.
Discussion: The Heretik
Karen Tumulty / TIME: Swampland:
Chris Dodd: The Netroots Show the Love  —  Senator Dodd's campaign communications director Hari Sevugan tells me that $150,000 in small contributions have poured into Dodd's campaign in the past 24 hours, since his announcement that he will put a hold on—and may even filibuster …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Five Card Dud
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Can Chris Dodd Block a FISA Extension?
Radley Balko / Reason:
Tomorrow's Neocon Today  —  Why Clinton II wouldn't offer much change from Bush II  —  Polls show Hillary Clinton has now opened up a striking 33-point lead over Barack Obama in the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.  The latest poll shows that likely Democratic primary voters favor her in every major policy area.
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Judith Warner / NYT:
The Clinton Surprise  —  The shocks just keep on coming:
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
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 …
New York Times:
With Democrats Like These ...  Every now and then, we are tempted to double-check that the Democrats actually won control of Congress last year.  It was particularly hard to tell this week.  Democratic leaders were cowed, once again, by propaganda from the White House and failed, once again …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Nose On Your Face:
The New York Times' Employee Entrance Exam  —  This is a simple test we use at The New York Times to ensure that our employees reflect a variety of social, political, and economic beliefs.  Please read each question thoroughly, and then select your answer with a number 2 pencil.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
F.D.A. Panel Urges Ban on Medicine for Child Colds  —  A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted Friday to ban popular over-the-counter cold products intended for children under the age of 6.  —  The panel found there was no proof that the medicines eased cold symptoms in children …
Discussion: The RBC
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
In Jena and Beyond, Nooses Return as a Symbol of Hate  —  When he reached his third-story workstation at a construction site near Pittsburgh two weeks ago, Errol Madyun saw the noose — thick, neatly knotted and strong enough to hang a man.  —  "It was intimidating," said Madyun, a black ironworker.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Chris Achorn / My Two Sense:
Did Michael Graham Admit To Pedophilia On Glenn Beck Show?  —  A very weird statement was made last night on the Glenn Beck television show.  One of the guests Glenn Beck brought on to talk about birth control in a Maine middle school was Michael Graham who is a radio talk show host …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
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Glenn Beck / CNN:
Bush Warns About Iran Threat; Airport Screeners Fail Tests …
Discussion: My Two Sense and Firedoglake
 
 
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Matt / Think Progress:
Iraq to Cheney: 'Big fat no' on bases in Iraq.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Ron Paul supporters getting creepier by the minute
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Romney: Won't beat Clinton by acting like Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews Dredges Up Old Bush Lines to Offset Stark
Discussion: Hot Air
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Washington Wire:
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Discussion: Oliver Willis
CNN Political Ticker:
Martinez out as RNC chief
Michael Rubin / Washington Post:
A Lever of Change in Iran
Aram Roston / MSNBC:
Ex-top envoy calls Iraqi government a failure
Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Activists send underwear to Burmese embassies