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11:05 AM ET, October 23, 2007


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New York Times:
Even Closer to the Brink  —  The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse.  Now Turkey is threatening to send troops across the border to wipe out Kurdish rebel bases, after guerrillas killed at least a dozen Turkish soldiers.  This latest crisis should have come as no surprise.
Editor and Publisher:
Stephen Colbert Moves Ahead of Richardson, Closes in on Biden, in National Poll!  —  NEW YORK He's been "in" the race for less than a week, and already faux-pundit Stephen Colbert has surged ahead of longtime candidate Gov. Bill Richardson in one national poll gauging the race for the Democratic nod for president.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Think Progress:
McCain: 'Seven Or Eight Months' More Until We Can Start Iraq Withdrawal  —  In an interview with the Nashua Telegraph editorial board, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said yesterday that the "next eight months" will determine whether the Iraq war can be "won":
Kevin Landrigan /
McCain: Next eight months may decide war  —  You need to upgrade your Flash Player  —  Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., predicted the next eight months will reveal whether the battle against insurgents in Iraq will be won, and, if not, the American people will demand we withdraw American troops short of that victory.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Islamofascism  —  Did you know it was Islamofascism Awareness Week?  And have you thought about what you're going to do to raise awareness about this concept the loss of which would be such a devastating blow to the vanity and intellectual pretensions of countless right-wing bloggers …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Defending Islamofascism  —  IT'S A VALID TERM.  HERE'S WHY.
Jonathan E. Kaplan / The Hill:
Pelosi to launch PR blitz to beat '08 media frenzy  —  Nearly one year after recapturing control of Congress, House Democratic leaders will embark on a publicity blitz starting in November to combat a dismal 25 percent approval rating.  —  Democratic leadership aides huddled with rank …
Jed Rubenfeld / New York Times:
Lawbreaker in Chief  —  AT his confirmation hearings last week, Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, was asked whether the president is required to obey federal statutes.  Judge Mukasey replied, "That would have to depend on whether what goes outside …
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Obama Criticized Over Singer  —  Senator Barack Obama is drawing criticism for signing up a gospel singer with controversial views about gay men and lesbians for his campaign in South Carolina.  The Obama campaign has recruited several gospel acts, including Donnie McClurkin, for a statewide tour to begin this week in Charleston.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama going on offensive on Iran
Discussion: The Politico
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
ISLAMO-FASCISM LAMENESS- HOROWITZ SUCKED HOOVER  —  What a let down.  My buddy Ebo and I attended Horowitz' opening night of Islamo-Fascism Awareness week and if this is our answer to sharia, then I guess Dirka Dirka Mohammed Jihad it will be.  —  Both of us were predisposed to agree wth …
Gary L. McDowell / Opinion Journal:
The War for the Constitution  —  The anniversary of Robert Bork's failed nomination reminds us what's at stake in the coming election.  —  Twenty years ago today the United States Senate voted to reject President Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Roy / alicublog:
NO GUARDRAILS.  Today's crackpot statement: … You might think Responsible Conservatives would either ignore this or give it the Coulter's-gone-too-far treatment.  That's pre-October 22 thinking, buddy: … Just some nut, right?  Like this one, right?  Surely the Serious People among them will go another way.
Discussion: Orcinus, On Deadline and Lean Left
Cindy Horswell / Houston Chronicle:
Liberty outraged over grave desecration  —  Police seek suspects for the damage done at Marine's plot  —  LIBERTY — To Jeremy Burris the word "liberty" was more than the name of his hometown.  It was something worth fighting for.  —  An all-American kid from a little all-American town …
Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
More Debtors Use Bankruptcy To Keep Homes  —  Chapter 13 Filings Gain  —  In Popularity Because  —  They Halt Foreclosures  —  With loan defaults rising along with many mortgage payments, fast-growing numbers of homeowners are gambling on bankruptcy filings to try to stay in their homes.
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Only the strong will survive
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
The Coming War  —  The most telling moment from Sunday's GOP debate …
White House:
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Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Radio Nowhere  —  I agree with Kevin Drum.  It's befuddling …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Savior or Machiavelli, McCain's Top Aide Carries On
Discussion: MSNBC
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Running Mates  —  This is one strange year for political spouses.
Discussion: The Caucus
Christian Lowe / Weekly Standard:
Warden Stone  —  A Marine Corps general brings a new approach to detainee operations.
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Gay man's race for Senate is a rarity
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Leslie Eaton / New York Times:
U.S. Prosecution of Muslim Group Ends in Mistrial
Discussion: Death and Brave New Films blog
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Bolton lobbies on N.K. deal
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Air America gone from Austin airwaves
Associated Press:
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