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4:50 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.
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Romney wins in conservative voters poll  —  (CNN)-Mitt Romney scored a narrow victory Saturday in a straw poll conducted with Christian conservative voters at the Family Research Council's Voters Values Summit.  —  With 5776 total votes cast, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor garnered 1595 votes, 28 percent of the vote.
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."
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Michael Luo / New York Times:   Giuliani Works to Sway Religious Conservatives
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
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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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.
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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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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
Alan Feuer / New York Times:   Lawsuit Is Reinstated for Man Wrongly Suspected in 9/11
 
 
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