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1:10 AM ET, October 23, 2007

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Media Matters for America:
Beck: "[A] handful of people who hate America ... are losing their homes in a forest fire today"  —  On the October 22 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, host Glenn Beck stated, "I think there is a handful of people who hate America.  Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today."
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Defending Islamofascism  —  IT'S A VALID TERM.  HERE'S WHY.  —  The attempt by David Horowitz and his allies to launch "Islamofascism Awareness Week" on American campuses has been met with a variety of responses.  One of these is a challenge to the validity of the term itself.
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WorldNetDaily:
My choice for president  —  A short time ago, I wrote in jest about what I would do if I am elected president.  Of course, that was written all in good fun.  —  Like most of you, over the summer and into the fall, I've been watching, listening, studying and praying about who could lead this country as our next president.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Obama says won't pull anti-gay bigot from big campaign event  —  Funny how Obama is a big supporter of civil rights when blacks are being maligned, but not so much when gays are the victims.  Kind of puts his screw up over General Pace's homophobia in a whole new light.  I really like Obama.
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Thompson's Daughter's Death Informs Right-to-Die Stance  —  Thompson Says End-of-Life Decisions Should Not Become 'Political Football'  —  In a moving, pointed and rare response to a question about the Terri Schiavo controversy, former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee Monday afternoon described details …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Democrats launch message offensive  —  House Democrats are launching a major message push this week in an attempt to reverse their sagging approval ratings as Congress tackles a heavy legislative docket before the end of the year.  —  Late last week, the top aides to Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Little taste of Russia: Little Green Footballs removes Ron Paul from their GOP Poll for "gaming" reasons then "games" C&L's Poll  —  You can't make this stuff up.  The righties were all in a huff over my Pete Stark post and yes-Charles Johnson, who attacked Jill Carroll after she was released …
Associated Press:
Lessing Says Sept. 11 Attacks Not So Bad  —  MADRID, Spain (AP) - Nobel laureate Doris Lessing said the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States were "not that terrible" when compared to attacks by the IRA in Britain.  —  "September 11 was terrible, but if one goes back over the history of the IRA …
Discussion: Big Lizards and Sister Toldjah
The Blotter:
Worried Bin Laden Urges Iraq Insurgents to 'Unite'  —  Brian Ross and Rehab El-Buri Report:  —  Showing apparent signs of concern over events in Iraq, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urged insurgents to "unite your lines into one" in an audiotape played on al Jazeera Monday.
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
The Worst 'Notable Quotables' of the Past 20 Years  —  To commemorate the Media Research Center's 20th anniversary this month, we've just published a special expanded edition of our 'Notable Quotables' newsletter.  This issue contains more than100 of the most outrageous, sometimes humorous …
Discussion: Say Anything and Atlas Shrugs
Bhenderson / And Still I Persist:
Witch Creek Fire  —  We have been linked to by several other weblogs, and I welcome all new readers to this site.  I know most of you folks love my maps.  The base for them is this Google Map site that is full of interesting and useful information.  —  View Larger Map
Brian Beutler:
How much did the Democrats suck?  —  Last week was, as I noted below, a terrible week for Democrats in Washington and progressive politics more generally.  And the consensus is that, for all intents and purposes, the Democrats blew it.  —  I think that's basically true, but worth examining a bit more deeply.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Va. Senate: Davis Expected to Opt Out of Race  —  Several informed Republicans with ties to Virginia politics told The Fix earlier today that Rep. Tom Davis could announce as soon as this week that he will not run for the Senate seat being vacated by John Warner (R) in 2008.
Discussion: MyDD and Swing State Project
Aseel Kami / Reuters:
Violence in Iraq drops sharply: Ministry  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mostest  —  I've sort of gotten tired of explaining that, no, the Founding Fathers actually weren't all born-agains and bible thumpers.  Not hardly.  (Probably better to say that the great majority ranged from believers in an entirely impersonal God — Deists — to believing Christians …
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
 
 
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DEBATE VENTING....I know this is almost too obvious to bear repeating …
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Gitmo jihadi not sure why he was released — but promises to pick …
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Craig pays lawyer with campaign funds
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Associated Press:
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Chris Dodd / The Huffington Post:
My Oath of Office  —  As required by Article 6 of the U.S …
Yvonne Bynoe / Washington Post:
Is That 4-Year-Old Really a Sex Offender?
WorldNetDaily:
White House helped craft 'gay'/transsexual rights bill
The Atlantic Online:
Armenians, Cubans, and AIPAC
Discussion: Commentary and Eunomia
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Poll Tries to Measure Colbert Effect
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Mistrial declared in Muslim charity case