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2:35 PM ET, October 20, 2007

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Giuliani asks Values Voters to trust him  —  Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, walking into a political lion's den, told the year's largest gathering of social conservatives that he is "not always the best example of faith" but that their similarities are much greater than their differences.
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll finds Thompson appeals to churchgoers  —  Fred Thompson may have failed to impress Beltway insiders when he finally launched his run for the White House last month, but he is winning over a critical segment of the Republican coalition, new polling suggests.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Giuliani: 'You have nothing to fear from me'
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 …
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New York Times:
Wiretapping Compromise Was Months in the Making  —  Last June, in a phone conversation with Vice President Dick Cheney, John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, set down his conditions for revising the law governing the National Security Agency's eavesdropping.
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.
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Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
Limbaugh Spins Reid's Letter Into Charity Gold  —  Petty bickering about patriotism and Who Loves Our Troops More has never been seen as a financial growth industry, but there's no stopping American capitalism.  This is why a perfunctory bit of political grandstanding, committed …
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 …
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William Glaberson / New York Times:   Claim of Pressure for Closed Guantánamo Trials
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Thompson's fall from grace  —  There was a time over the summer when Fred Thompson looked like he'd enjoy enormous support from the GOP's religious right base.  The Dobson crowd had already ruled out McCain and Giuliani, and skepticism over Romney lingered.
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Washington Post:
IEDs Seen As Rising Threat in The U.S.  —  As Preparedness Is Criticized, Bush Works on a Plan  —  The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI agree that the homemade explosive devices that have wreaked havoc in Iraq pose a rising threat to the United States.
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi backs away from Rep. Stark's criticism of Bush  —  (10-20) 04:00 PDT Washington —  Rep. Pete Stark may be Congress' foremost expert on health care, but on Capitol Hill the Fremont Democrat is better known for his explosive remarks that drive his critics - and sometimes his allies - crazy.
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Matthew Felling / CBS News:
A Journalist?  Says Who?  —  I've discussed in this space - though in the light and frothy context of inappropriate photos posted online - how once something is on the Internet, it's in the public domain.  —  The same goes for legal rulings.  —  In a fascinating instance …
Discussion: BitsBlog and Concurring Opinions
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Debra Cassens Weiss / ABA Journal:
Blogger Posts 9/11 Opinion Withdrawn Over Security Concerns
Discussion: Concurring Opinions
Alan Feuer / New York Times:   Lawsuit Is Reinstated for Man Wrongly Suspected in 9/11
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Rudy's New Minnesota Campaign Official Has An "N-Word" Problem  —  The man named yesterday by the Giuliani campaign to a law enforcement outreach campaign post in Minnesota was forced to resign a government job in 2004 when proof surfaced that he'd admitted to repeatedly using the word "nigger" in the past, Election Central has learned.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
An Improbable Favorite Emerges in Cajun Country  —  An Oxford-educated son of immigrants from India is virtually certain to become the leading candidate for Louisiana's next governor in Saturday's primary election.  It would be an unlikely choice for a state that usually picks its leaders …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh At It Again - Mocks Voice Of 12 Year Old Graeme Frost  —  Remember when comedian Rush Limbaugh mocked Michael J. Fox during the 2006 campaign?  It seems he was at it again last night on FOXNews' Hannity & Colmes, where he not only denied attacking Graeme Frost, but went on to mock his voice …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
J.K. Rowling Outs Hogwarts Character  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay.  J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night …
Discussion: IMAO and The Republic of T.
Townhall.com:
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas  —  HH: Pleased now to welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas.  Justice Thomas, welcome, it's great to have you here.  —  CT: It's great being with you, Hugh.
Discussion: Althouse and How Appealing
Judith Warner:
The Clinton Surprise  —  The shocks just keep on coming:  —  Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic field with 51 percent of the vote.  —  She beats Barack Obama by 24 percentage points among black Democrats.  —  She is projected now to beat Giuliani - or at the very least …
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Larijani Resigns  —  Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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Erick Erickson / The Truth Laid Bear:
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Returned $7,000, Campaign Says
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They All Do It  —  Howie Kurtz published a lengthy excerpt …
Discussion: Salon and TalkLeft
Rajeev Syal / Times of London:
Nobel scientist who sparked race row says sorry — I didn't mean it
Hindrocket / Power Line:
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Arizona Republic:
Sheriff's deputies arrest 'New Times' owners
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
F.D.A. Panel Urges Ban on Medicine for Child Colds
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Ron Paul supporters getting creepier by the minute
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
In Jena and Beyond, Nooses Return as a Symbol of Hate
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Plainly, a Justice Department Pick of Like Mind
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Heretik