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4:35 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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Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Limbaugh Sells Critical Letter for $2.1 Million  —  After Rush Limbaugh referred to Iraq war veterans critical of the war as "phony soldiers," he received a letter of complaint signed by 41 Democratic senators.  He decided to auction the letter, which he described as "this glittering jewel …
RushLimbaugh.com Home:
Betty Casey Wins Smear Letter at $2,100,100; Rush Matches Bid; MC-LEF Will Get a Total of $4.2M  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Well, we have a winner.  The auction is over.  The final bid remained at $2,100,100.  The winning bidder, the high bidder: Betty Casey.  More about Betty Casey in due course.
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:   Limbaugh Spins Reid's Letter Into Charity Gold
The Corner:
Cheap date  —  Kathryn, Harry Reid's Rush-and-I-don't-agree …
Discussion: Bookworm Room, Don Surber and Wizbang
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   A thaw in the Reid-Rush feud
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ring Wing goes bonkers over Rep. Pete Stark's comments: Take the C&L Poll … After Rep. Pete Stark made his harsh statements against the Republicans and Bush over the SCHIP veto, the right wingers are trying to change the subject again by feigning outrage against him.  Stark also didn't fall for the MoveOn ad outrage also.
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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
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Stark's Remarks Set Off G.O.P. Lawmakers  —  A day after successfully sustaining President Bush's veto of a bill to provide health insurance to 10 million children, Congressional Republicans remained in an uproar over comments made by Representative Pete Stark, Democrat of California …
KCBS:   Stark Stands Behind GOP Accusations
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Pete Stark Stands by His Vitriol
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dodd Goes to the Mat: Says He Will Filibuster FISA  —  He said he "might have to."  And he will.  —  From the Dodd campaign: … Finally someone willing to filibuster and cut through the ocean of glue the Senate seems to be swimming in.  —  This is awesome.  Go Dodd.  —  Update: Just added — YouTube above.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:   Five Card Dud
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:   Can Chris Dodd Block a FISA Extension?
Satyam / Think Progress:
Fox News anchor slams Bush's SCHIP double standard.  —  Yesterday, on Fox News' All Star Panel, conservative Roll Call editor Mort Kondracke slammed President Bush's SCHIP "compromise," which "cut[s] off about a million children from the rolls."  Kondracke called Bush out on making …
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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The Nose On Your Face:
The New York Times' Employee Entrance Exam  —  This is a simple test we use at The New York Times to ensure that our employees reflect a variety of social, political, and economic beliefs.  Please read each question thoroughly, and then select your answer with a number 2 pencil.
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Romney: Won't beat Clinton by acting like Clinton  —  Mitt Romney, who has a lot of selling to do among the Christian conservatives meeting in Washington this weekend, faced a ballroom full of voters interested in knowing the sincerity of his conversion from abortion-rights to a "pro-life'' stance.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Chris Achorn / My Two Sense:
Did Michael Graham Admit To Pedophilia On Glenn Beck Show?  —  A very weird statement was made last night on the Glenn Beck television show.  One of the guests Glenn Beck brought on to talk about birth control in a Maine middle school was Michael Graham who is a radio talk show host …
CNN Political Ticker:
Martinez out as RNC chief  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Florida Sen. Mel Martinez stepped down Friday as general chairman of the Republican National Committee, after serving just nine months on the job.  —  Martinez, who is the GOP's most prominent Latino lawmaker, said he accomplished his goal …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Say Anything
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Aram Roston / MSNBC:
Ex-top envoy calls Iraqi government a failure
Fox News:
FOX To Air Controversial Documentary on Islam
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
The US is a great place to be anti-American
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