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9:25 AM ET, October 22, 2007


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New York Times:
The Republican Debate on Fox News Channel
Jamiecnn / CNN Political Ticker:
GOP candidates battle over conservative credentials
Discussion: The Politico and New York Times
Valerie Plame Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Finally Telling My Story  —  I'm Valerie Plame Wilson and I'm excited to be here and blog about my book Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which goes on sale Monday, Oct 22.  When my publisher sent me the finished copy earlier this week, it was thrilling.
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Valerie Plame Wilson and the Ultimate Betrayal  —  Valerie's problem is her decency and humanity.  She has reasons most Americans don't know to be really angry with George Bush and George Tenet but she has contained her rage.  In a new tasty nugget in her book, Fair Game, she gives some details on the 2004 Al Qaeda threat to kill her.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Iraq and Turkey See Tensions Rise After Ambush  —  A brazen ambush by Kurdish militants that left at least 12 Turkish soldiers dead touched off a major escalation in Turkey-Iraq tensions on Sunday, bringing fears that Turkey would retaliate immediately by sending troops across the border into Iraq.
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Kurds From Iraq Kill 17 Soldiers in Turkey  —  U.S. Reports 49 Fighters Dead in Sadr City Raid; Residents, Officials Say Victims Are All Civilians  —  An audacious cross-border ambush by Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq killed at least 17 Turkish soldiers Sunday, ratcheting up pressure …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Key Clinton Backer Rips Giuliani's Personal Life  —  Rep. Charles Rangel Apparently Refers to Giuliani as a 'Cheating Goddamn Husband'  —  Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., the dean of the New York congressional delegation, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, longtime political booster …
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Mortgage Security Bondholders Facing a Cutoff of Interest Payments  —  For all the pain in the mortgage market, investors who hold bonds backed by risky home loans have continued to receive their monthly interest payments — until now.  —  Collateralized debt obligations …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Confederate Yankee
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Say What You Like, Just Don't Say It Here  —  The American commitment to free speech is the most robust in the world.  But these days that tolerance stops at the border.  —  Two cases pending in federal court in Manhattan will soon test how far the government can go in keeping Americans safe …
David Segal / Washington Post:
Low Road to Splitsville  —  Right-Wing Publisher's Breakup Is Super-Rich In Tawdry Details  —  Looking for a perfect little weekend vacation this fall?  Here's a travel tip you don't hear very often: Head to Pittsburgh.  Right away.  —  Seriously, get in the car and read this story later …
Discussion: and Paul Krugman
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
IT'S THE COVERUP THAT KILLS YOU, PART 3  —  It's been another week without word from the New Republic on the status of its "investigation" into the columns of TNR Baghdad Diarist Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  "The editors" have not spoken on the matter since their August 10 update.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
JINDAL WINS  —  He's the nation's first governor of Indian descent  —  BATON ROUGE — In a campaign that had the air of both the inevitable and the historical, Bobby Jindal was elected governor Saturday, claiming the electoral prize that eluded him four years ago.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Indian-American Elected Louisiana's Governor
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Ready or Not, Here Comes the Fox Business Network  —  It was Thursday around 4:30, and I couldn't take it anymore.  —  All week long, I'd been sporadically watching Rupert Murdoch's new Fox Business Network, which made its debut on Monday.  I was trying to figure out what, exactly …
Jesus' General:
Chris Dodd for President … Constitutional Issues … Dodd on FISA: … Dodd wants to bring the troops home now: … Dodd's campaign blog.  —  Dodd's campaign web site.  —  Donate to Dodd.
Discussion: Corrente
Los Angeles Times:
Winds drive Southland wildfires  —  At least 39 homes lost, 1 killed as region remains at risk from Santa Anas  —  Thousands of Southern California homes could be at risk in coming days as powerful Santa Ana winds continue to stoke wildfires, fire officials said.
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Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
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Templetonian Mathematics  —  This morning, I opened up the Times …
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Doug Struck / Washington Post:
At the Poles, Melting Occurring at Alarming Rate
Discussion: Hot Air
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Polish Premier Is Routed, Polls Show
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Iraqi Police Tied to Attack on U.S. Base
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Media Matters for America:
Matthews' hypothetical suburbanites: Wife wants woman president …
Rob / Say Anything:
Half Of Likely Voters Would "Never" Vote For Hillary
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. Planners See Shiite Militias as Rising Threat
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Ashley Seager / Guardian:
Warning over oil production decline
Haig Simonian / MSNBC:
Far right gains in Swiss election
'Meet the Press' transcript for Oct. 21, 2007
Holly Yan / Denton Record-Chronicle:
Soldier's children die in accident on way to Army hospital
Bob Kerrey / NY Daily News:
Seal of approval  —  Just like Freddie Krueger, the terrifying …