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7:40 PM ET, October 20, 2007


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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Religious right straw-victors: Romney, Huckabee  —  by Mark Silva, updated with full results  —  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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Perkins: Giuliani supports marriage amendment  —  Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, told The Hill Saturday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.  —  Perkins said Giuliani told him in a private meeting …
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney wins Values Voters Straw Poll  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney increased his already growing credibility with evangelical Christians on Saturday afternoon with a surprise win in the Family Research Council's "2008 American Values Straw Poll."
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Giuliani Offers Christians a Pitch Focused on Faith  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani strolled into the maw of the religious conservative movement Saturday, and won applause from a crowd of over 2,000 with language of Christian inclusiveness and shared values.  —  Mr. Giuliani made a litany …
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Romney wins in conservative voters poll  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, won the FRCAction straw poll.  —  The announcement came Saturday during the Values Voter Summit.  Romney garnered 1,595 votes and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee coming in a close second with 1,565 votes.
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Thompson's fall from grace
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee likens abortion to a holocaust
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll finds Thompson appeals to churchgoers
Discussion: Right Wing News and Say Anything
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.
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
New York Times Review of "The Conscience of a Liberal"  —  Here is a review of Paul Krugman's new book, The Conscience of a Liberal from David Kennedy.  The review appears in the New York Times.  When you start, as David Kennedy does, with the premise that "maybe Krugman is not really an economist" …
Robert Borosage / Firedoglake:   FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul Krugman
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
In Pakistan Quandary, U.S. Reviews Stance  —  The scenes of carnage in Pakistan this week conjured what one senior administration official on Friday called "the nightmare scenario" for President Bush's last 15 months in office: Political meltdown in the one country where Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and nuclear weapons are all in play.
Discussion: All Spin Zone and DownWithTyranny!
The Corner:
Re: I have returned  —  Jonah, re your comments on Montreal: lots of great restaurants but what would appear to be an insufficient populace to support them, etc.  Many Americans have made similar observations to me.  —  One reason is a simple cultural difference: If I recall correctly …
Discussion: alicublog
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Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Old Enough Now to Hear How a Parent Died in Iraq
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Thompson Cites Openly Pro-Imperialism Author Andrew Roberts
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama to do gospel tour with radical right singer who crusades …
Discussion: Agitprop and The Caucus
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Dumbledore!  —  Let's run the gay-check, shall we?  No known female companion ever.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
FRC III: Abortions for Some, Miniature American Flags for Others
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh At It Again - Mocks Voice Of 12 Year Old Graeme Frost
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Larijani Resigns  —  Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani …
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Hadas Gold / CNN:
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The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

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