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5:30 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.
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Perkins: Giuliani supports marriage amendment
Discussion: alicublog and AMERICAblog
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll finds Thompson appeals to churchgoers
Discussion: Right Wing News and Say Anything
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee likens abortion to a holocaust
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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
When bad comparisons go horribly awry  —  This week, the DC political media has ignored a fairly transparent lie from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) about his office's role in spreading the Frost family smear.  On Wednesday, Digby explained why. … The WaPo's Howard Kurtz responded:
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos, TalkLeft and Pandagon
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 …
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
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: DownWithTyranny!
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Giuliani Works to Sway Religious Conservatives  —  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 of promises meant …
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
 
 
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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 …
Townhall.com:
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
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