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11:05 PM ET, October 21, 2007


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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Ouch!  Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat  —  AS THE "first pet" of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed "chilly" Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea.  So where is Socks today?
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why can't Hillary Clinton be more like Ellen DeGeneres?
Discussion: Say Anything
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Gonzales may be prosecuted, per fired US Attorney  —  Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA): … Wow, Gonzo is refusing to cooperate with an investigation.  Go figure.  All I can say is I hope he is stupid enough to drag this out past next November.  Nothing better than an election season trial …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Cat Fight Hisses in Republican Presidential Primary Debate  —  WASHINGTON — The claws were out Sunday night as the GOP presidential candidates went for each other's jugulars trying to prove to Republican base voters that each is the most conservative candidate in the race for the White House.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Gateway Pundit
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Live-Blogging the Republican Debate  —  Gay Marriage |  8:19 p.m. Mr. Romney, alone among the leading (at least as measured by the polls) candidates, supports the ban on gay marriage.  He says that's because children are affected too.  "I want to make sure that our kids have a mom and a dad," he says.
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
The Early Word: G.O.P. Debate Tonight
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
GOP candidates battle over conservative credentials
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Brownback pulls out of presidential race
Discussion: Donklephant
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The wonderful world beyond spin
Zogby Poll: Half Say They Would Never Vote for Hillary Clinton for President  —  Other top tier candidates in both parties win more acceptance; Richardson & Huckabee favored most  —  While she is winning wide support in nationwide samples among Democrats in the race for their party's …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Not so wild about Harry  —  Is Nevada turning on its lion in the winter?  —  The political headline of last week, "Reid's popularity falls among Nevadans," wasn't all that surprising.  Nevada's never been particularly wild about Harry Reid.
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Stephen Colbert On Meet The Press  —  Presidential candidate Stephen Colbert gave an interview to Tim Russert this morning on Meet The Press and in typical Colbert fashion, he lays out his agenda and plan to lose the race.  Russert questions him, tongue in cheek, on some of the more controversial statements …
Holly Yan / Denton Record-Chronicle:
Soldier's children die in accident on way to Army hospital  —  —  Army Spc. John Austin Johnson seemed to have a gift for evading tragedy.  —  During two years in Iraq, the soldier from Fort Bliss, in West Texas, survived five improvised explosive device blasts and several grenade attacks.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Bobby Rises In Louisiana  —  Louisiana elected its governor on the first ballot for the first time in recent memory, and the voters sent a message to the corrupt Democratic machine at the same time.  Bobby Jindal, who narrowly lost a runoff four years ago, becomes the first Indian-American governor …
Miguel Bustillo / Los Angeles Times:
Louisiana elects young, Indian-American governor
Discussion: The Politico and Wake up America
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Jindal Wins Louisiana Race, Becomes First Indian American Governor
Sydney Morning Herald:
Violence flares again in Amsterdam  —  Disturbances broke out for a sixth successive night in an immigrant quarter of Amsterdam when four cars were set on fire, police said.  —  The unrest started after police shot dead a man of Moroccan origin last weekend who had stabbed and injured two officers.
'Meet the Press' transcript for Oct. 21, 2007  —  Stephen Colbert, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kate O'Beirne, Sally Bedell Smith, Judy Woodruff  —  MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Barack Obama challenges Hillary Clinton on the Iraq war.  —  SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL) …
Discussion: The Swamp
White House:
Vice President's Remarks to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy  —  VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY: Thank you very much, Roger.  Thanks for the kind words, and thank all of you for the welcome this morning.  I've been looking forward to have the opportunity to join the conference.
Bob Kerrey / NY Daily News:
Seal of approval  —  Just like Freddie Krueger, the terrifying lead character in "Nightmare on Elm Street," Don Imus is coming back.  And as with Freddie, there is something about the I-Man that is scary but irresistible.  —  But not irresistible to everyone.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Ezra Klein
Michael Smith / Times of London:
SAS raiders enter Iran to kill gunrunners  —  BRITISH special forces have crossed into Iran several times in recent months as part of a secret border war against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Al-Quds special forces, defence sources have disclosed.  —  There have been at least half …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Toward A New Conservatism?  —  A reader writes a long email on the strange overlaps and confluences of this moment in American and global politics.  My own thoughts and allegiances are in transition, which can make for some provisional confusion.  But I'd rather foster confusion on a real …
Mark Steyn / National Review Online:
Stark Raving Madmen  —  On Thursday, Congress attempted to override President Bush's veto of the S-CHIP debate.  S-CHIP?  Isn't that something to do with health care for children?  Absolutely.  And here is Representative Pete Stark (Democrat, California) addressing the issue with his customary forensic incisiveness
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Angry Bear
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Jon Henke / Fred File:
Liveblogging the Florida Republican Debate
New York Times:
Divide and Conquer: Meet the Lottery Titans
Associated Press:
India official dies after monkey attack
John Christoffersen / Associated Press:
Justice says law degree 'worth 15 cents'
Discussion: If I Ran the Zoo
Peter / Right Wing Watch:
Dobson Drama and Prayers for a Political Miracle in 08
Discussion: Pandagon
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Cleanup Hitters Needed! ("Can't Anyone Here Play This Game?" Edition)
Tim Golden / New York Times:
Naming Names at Gitmo
 Earlier Items: 
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Rising seas threaten 21 mega-cities
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Turkey Tells Rice It Will Wait Despite Ambush
Satyam / Think Progress:
Kristol: Iran Is 'The Only Real Threat' To Success In Iraq
Andrewbreitbart /
Woman Hit With Brick in Bloody DC IMF Protest
Salim Mansur / Toronto Sun:
Time to end the charade  —  Every American president …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Line-Item Foolishness  —  Mitt Romney is an intelligent man …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Next Challenge in Iraq