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4:05 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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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.
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:
Religious right straw victor: Romney, Huckabee too  —  Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and a late-comer to the anti-abortion cause, claimed a narrow victory today in a straw poll of Christian conservative voters assembled in Washington and collecting votes from members online.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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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.
Gateway Pundit:
"Crooks & Liars" Discovers Best Way to Defend Rep. Pete Stark  —  Lie.  —  Nutrooters Crooks and Liars discovers that if you can't possibly win an argument over the latest disgusting anti-military, anti-Bush remarks by a Democratic politician...  Then just lie about it.
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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 …
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.
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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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 …
Little Green Footballs:
Ahmadinejad: 'I Wanted to Visit Ground Zero to Prevent 9/11 from Becoming Another 'False Idol' Like the Holocaust'  —  Iranian thug-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad explains his reasons for wanting to visit Ground Zero, confirming (as if we needed confirmation) that it was the right decision …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Erick Erickson / The Truth Laid Bear:
Update: Saturday Morning  —  And now the real (sorry, Ron) main event: Rudy Giuliani.  —  Giuliani took the stage to a warm reception of applause, answering the immediate question of whether the FRC crowd might rudely snub him from moment one.  Not so: definitely a courteous and even enthusiastic welcome.
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.
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
FRC III: Abortions for Some, Miniature American Flags for Others  —  8:42: "Our media friends are not just watching the candidates," says FRC regional director Gil Mertz.  "They are also watching you!  So please refrain from shaking, book-burning, chanting, speaking in tongues, and snake-handling."
 
 
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