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1:05 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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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Campaign Has Yet To Distance Itself From Antigay Singer At Obama Event
Discussion: The Caucus and Booman Tribune
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 …
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
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.
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
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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Washington Post / The Trail:
A GOP Race That Refuses to Narrow
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Candidate Wives Attend Forum
Discussion: Wonkette
David G. Adams / New York Times:
A Two-Cigarette Society
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
The Santa Ana Winds
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
DEBATE VENTING....I know this is almost too obvious to bear repeating …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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
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Matt / Think Progress:
Conservatives Attack Gay Dumbledore; Claim Vindication For Jerry …
Associated Press:
Is a photo worth a thousand votes?
Discussion: Discourse.net
Yvonne Bynoe / Washington Post:
Is That 4-Year-Old Really a Sex Offender?
The Atlantic Online:
Armenians, Cubans, and AIPAC
Discussion: Commentary and Eunomia
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Democrats launch message offensive
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Poll Tries to Measure Colbert Effect
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Mistrial declared in Muslim charity case