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10:55 AM ET, October 22, 2007


 Top Items: 
GOP Candidates Spar Over Conservatisim  —  Florida Debate Centers on Direction of GOP and Hillary Clinton  —  After two weeks of sparring at a distance out on the campaign trail, the Republican presidential hopefuls gathered in Florida for their most heated and intense debate of the year.
Discussion: PrezVid
Matt Lewis /
GOP Candidates Mix-It-Up
Discussion: National Review and
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Dishwashers for Clinton  —  DONORS WHOSE addresses turn out to be tenements.  Dishwashers and waiters who write $1,000 checks.  Immigrants who ante up because they have been instructed to by powerful neighborhood associations, or, as one said, "They informed us to go, so I went."
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.
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 …
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 …
Doug Struck / Washington Post:
At the Poles, Melting Occurring at Alarming Rate  —  For scientists, global warming is a disaster movie, its opening scenes set at the poles of Earth.  The epic already has started.  And it's not fiction.  —  The scenes are playing, at the start, in slow motion: The relentless grip …
Discussion: Liberty Street, Gay Patriot and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Post:
GIULIANI BERN SHIELD  —  PAL KEEPS EYE ON EX-NYPD BOSS' PROBE  —  Rudy Giuliani's law partner has been told to monitor the criminal probe of disgraced ex-NYPD boss Bernard Kerik, which threatens to muddy up the former mayor's bid to become president.  —  As part of his sensitive assignment …
Discussion: Think Progress and Spin Cycle
New York Times:
A Dearth of Taxes  —  President Bush considers himself a champion tax cutter, but all the leading Republican presidential candidates are eager to outdo him.  Their zeal is misguided.  This country's meager tax take puts its economic prospects at risk and leaves the government ill equipped to face the challenges from globalization.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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Fareed Zakaria /
Stalin, Mao And ... Ahmadinejad?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Gone Baby Gone  —  It pains me to say this, but this time Alan …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Discussion: A Blog For All and Spin Cycle
New York Times:
Ain't That America  —  Think of America's greatest historical shames.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Joint Chiefs Chairman Looks Beyond Current Wars
Associated Press:
After fight, airport embraces SUX code
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Shriver gathers presidential hopefuls' spouses for conference talk
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
We're Not in 2006 Anymore
Discussion: Eunomia
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
A Protector as a Child, Honored as a Hero
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
What NASA Won't Tell You  —  NASA commissioned a study …
Discussion: Associated Press
USA Today:
Oprah becomes test of what an endorsement means
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and CNN
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Where do you stand in the new culture wars?
Discussion: normblog
Jesus' General:
Chris Dodd for President
Discussion: Corrente
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Say What You Like, Just Don't Say It Here
Ashley Seager / Guardian:
Warning over oil production decline