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12:30 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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Stop The ACLU
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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.
Discussion: Horses Mouth and The Next Hurrah
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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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
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Battered Spouses  —  Yesterday I said I felt a hissy coming on and today it's blown in with all the sincerity and gravitas of Tom DeLay speaking at a Martin Luther King day luncheon.  —  The Situation Room just led the half hour with this: … JC Watts later called Stark a "small person with a withered soul."
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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 …
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William Glaberson / New York Times:   Claim of Pressure for Closed Guantánamo Trials
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: The Corner and NewsBusters.org
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 …
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.
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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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Bidding Over $2M for Dems Anti-Rush Letter
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.
Discussion: QandO
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Bhutto Gives Powerful Speech - Police Release Photo of Bomber's Head in Pakistan  —  "The only people who are safe are militants because they will not be attacked by the peaceful people.  And we will not be intimidated by this minority.  This is a battle for democracy.  We want to avoid bloodshed.
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
 
 
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Returned $7,000, Campaign Says
Discussion: QandO and Sweetness & Light
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They All Do It  —  Howie Kurtz published a lengthy excerpt …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Salon
Matthew Felling / CBS News:
A Journalist? Says Who?
Rajeev Syal / Times of London:
Nobel scientist who sparked race row says sorry — I didn't mean it
Hindrocket / Power Line:
ACADEMIC FOLLIES IN IOWA
Discussion: TigerHawk
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Democrats: GOP holds no monopoly on values
Arizona Republic:
Sheriff's deputies arrest 'New Times' owners
Ian James / Associated Press:
Glass Monument to Che in Venezuela Shot
 Earlier Items: 
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
F.D.A. Panel Urges Ban on Medicine for Child Colds
Discussion: The RBC
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Lawsuit Is Reinstated for Man Wrongly Suspected in 9/11
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Ron Paul supporters getting creepier by the minute
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Daimnation!
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
In Jena and Beyond, Nooses Return as a Symbol of Hate
Discussion: Angry Bear and Oliver Willis
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Plainly, a Justice Department Pick of Like Mind
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Heretik
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: The Case for Israel's Strike on Syria
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews Dredges Up Old Bush Lines to Offset Stark
Discussion: Hot Air