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10:15 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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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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
The Corner:
Cheap date  —  Kathryn, Harry Reid's Rush-and-I-don't-agree …
Discussion: Bookworm Room and Don Surber
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.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
For 3 Candidates, a Test on Religion  —  Fred D. Thompson said that within his first hour of becoming president, he would close the door behind him in the Oval Office and pray for wisdom.  —  Senator John McCain grew emotional when he talked about a North Vietnamese prison guard who loosened his bonds and …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Romney: Won't beat Clinton by acting like Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Discussion: Power Line
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KCBS:
Stark Stands Behind GOP Accusations
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: The Next Hurrah and TalkLeft
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William Glaberson / New York Times:   Claim of Pressure for Closed Guantánamo Trials
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.
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 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 …
Arizona Republic:
Sheriff's deputies arrest 'New Times' owners  —  Paper at odds with county authorities  —  Michael Kiefer, Robert Anglen and JJ Hensley  —  Phoenix New Times owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested Thursday night by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies on charges of revealing grand jury information, a misdemeanor.
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
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
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Democrats: GOP holds no monopoly on values  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Three of the major Democratic presidential candidates Friday sought to counter Republican rivals attending a conservative conference by contending the GOP doesn't control the market on the values of America's electorate.
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Hindrocket / Power Line:
ACADEMIC FOLLIES IN IOWA  —  Everyone knows about the left's dominance of "elite" educational institutions.  The truth is, though, that state universities and lesser-known schools are often worse.  The University of Iowa is a case in point.  Iowa's History Department has 27 professors, every single one of whom is a Democrat.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Five Card Dud  —  It is nearly incomprehensible to me, but after months and months of haranguing the Democratic leadership to force the Republicans to stage a real filibuster and stand on the floor of the Senate reading the phone book and re-enacting Miss Mellie's death scene from …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
In Jena and Beyond, Nooses Return as a Symbol of Hate
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews Dredges Up Old Bush Lines to Offset Stark
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Wire:
Latest Biography of Clintons Tests Public's 'Fatigue' Levels
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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