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9:20 PM ET, October 20, 2007


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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Perkins: Giuliani supports marriage amendment  —  Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, told The Hill Saturday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.  —  Perkins said Giuliani told him in a private meeting …
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.
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."
Mike Allen / The Politico:
A tale of two polls  —  It could be an episode of Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story."  Mitt Romney was announced from the podium Saturday afternoon as the winner of the Family Research Council's "Values Voter Straw Poll," narrowly edging Mike Huckabee.  —  But it turns out that the 5 …
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
Huckabee likens abortion to a holocaust  —  (CNN)-Speaking before a gathering of Christian conservative voters, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said legalized abortion in the United States was a holocaust.  —  "Sometimes we talk about why we're importing so many people in our workforce," the former Arkansas governor said.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Giuliani Makes a Pitch Focused on Faith  —  After an earnest appeal for acceptance from Rudolph W. Giuliani, Christian conservatives ended their two-day summit here on Saturday still divided about which of the Republican presidential candidates to marshal their collective might behind.
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
The Corner:
And the Winner Is Huckabee — By a Lot [Byron York]
Discussion: MSNBC, Redstate, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Steve Benen / Talking Points Memo:
Thompson's fall from grace
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll finds Thompson appeals to churchgoers
Discussion: Right Wing News and Say Anything
Earl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post:
Obama Should Repudiate and Cancel His Gay Bash Tour, and Do it Now  —  Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama ripped a page straight from the Bush campaign playbook with his announced upcoming three date barnstorm tour through South Carolina with notorious gay basher, gospel singer Donnie McClurkin.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Obama to do gospel tour with radical right singer who crusades against "the curse of homosexuality"  —  From the NYT: … Yes, sucking up to anti-gay bigots and joining them on stage - no, giving them a stage - is certainly defying conventional wisdom as to how a Democrat becomes president.
Discussion: Open Left, Agitprop and The Caucus
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
New York Times Review of "The Conscience of a Liberal"  —  Here is a review of Paul Krugman's new book, The Conscience of a Liberal from David Kennedy.  The review appears in the New York Times.  When you start, as David Kennedy does, with the premise that "maybe Krugman is not really an economist" …
Robert Borosage / Firedoglake:   FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul Krugman
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
CBS Confirms my Plame-Iran scoop of 2006  —  Go watch the interview with Plame about this on Raw Story.  Predictably, Katie Couric could not get the basic facts straight, I broke the story in 2006.  She credits the scoop to James Risen.  —  From Raw Story today:
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 …
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: All Spin Zone and DownWithTyranny!
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.
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 …
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The Corner:
Huckabee Today  —  Wow.  Let me repeat: Wow.  What an incredible communicator.
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Old Enough Now to Ask How Dad Died at War
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Thompson Cites Openly Pro-Imperialism Author Andrew Roberts
The Corner:
Re: I have returned  —  Jonah, re your comments on Montreal …
Discussion: alicublog
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
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
Discussion: Althouse and How Appealing
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Returned $7,000, Campaign Says
Matthew Felling / CBS News:
A Journalist? Says Who?
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
An Improbable Favorite Emerges in Cajun Country
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Rudy's New Minnesota Campaign Official Has An "N-Word" Problem
Josh White / Washington Post:
Ex-Prosecutor Alleges Pentagon Plays Politics

From Mediagazer:

Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

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