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11:15 PM ET, October 22, 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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Megan Sego / california patriot blog:
IFAW attracts opposition; prepares for the fireworks
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama, the Gospel Singer and Gays  —  A Gospel concert tour organized by the Barack Obama campaign on behalf of the candidate is stirring controversy among some gay activists.  —  The three-day tour through early-voting South Carolina starts this Friday and finishes Sunday with a concert …
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Campaign Has Yet To Distance Itself From Antigay Singer At Obama Event
Discussion: Booman Tribune, TalkLeft and Corrente
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Obama says won't pull anti-gay bigot from big campaign event
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Mistrial declared in Muslim charity case  —  DALLAS - A judge declared a mistrial Monday for four former leaders of a Muslim charity accused of funding terrorism, after chaos broke out in the court when three jurors disputed some verdicts that had been read.
WorldNetDaily:
White House helped craft 'gay'/transsexual rights bill  —  Family-values advocates oppose sex-based workplace privileges  —  Staff members for President Bush have helped congressional staffers work on "religious exemption" language for a new "anti-discrimination" proposal that actually …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Pam's House Blend
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DEBATE VENTING....I know this is almost too obvious to bear repeating …
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IAW Monday Lineup: Horowitz, Spencer, Coulter, Bruce, Ahrends …
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Gitmo jihadi not sure why he was released — but promises to pick …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Va. Senate: Davis Expected to Opt Out of Race
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Craig pays lawyer with campaign funds
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Matt / Think Progress:
Conservatives Attack Gay Dumbledore; Claim Vindication For Jerry …
Associated Press:
Is a photo worth a thousand votes?
Discussion: Discourse.net
Chris Dodd / The Huffington Post:
My Oath of Office  —  As required by Article 6 of the U.S …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Lt. Michael Murphy awarded the Medal of Honor
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Democrats launch message offensive
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
McCain's Home Run
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Poll Tries to Measure Colbert Effect
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