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10:10 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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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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Amy Sullivan / Time:
Huckabee's Bid for the Christian Right  —  The conflict has been brewing underneath the surface, but the results of the straw poll at Saturday's Values Voters Summit made it official: the real struggle in the 2008 Republican primaries will be not between Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney …
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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
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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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gitmo jihadi not sure why he was released — but promises to pick up where he left off  —  Meet Sadeq Mohammed Saeed.  He spent six years in the pen after he was caught recovering at an Afghan hospital after a battle during the U.S. invasion in 2001 — at the tender age of 17.
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Nasser Arrabyee / Yemen Observer:   I'm born again, says freed Gitmo detainee
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 …
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.
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
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
Irenep / Michael Yon:
Resistance is Futile  —  October 22, 2007  —  Resistance is futile: You will be (mis)informed.  —  A gulf.  —  A gap.  —  A chasm.  —  A parallel universe.  —  All describe the bizarro-world contrast between what most Americans seem to think is happening in Iraq versus what is really happening in Iraq.
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.
Matt / Think Progress:
Conservatives Attack Gay Dumbledore; Claim Vindication For Jerry Falwell's Homophobia  —  On Friday, British author J.K. Rowling revealed for the first time that Albus Dumbledore, one of the central heroes in the record-breaking Harry Potter series, is in fact a gay man.
 
 
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Is a photo worth a thousand votes?
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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?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Lt. Michael Murphy awarded the Medal of Honor
WorldNetDaily:
White House helped craft 'gay'/transsexual rights bill
Sharon Weinberger / Danger Room:
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Los Angeles Times:
Who are the bench's judicial activists?
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Washington Post:
Dishwashers for Clinton  —  DONORS WHOSE addresses turn out to be tenements.