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11:40 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":
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
The Nobel Glory Of Doris Lessing  —  The Nobel committee has certainly fallen on desperate times, and especially so this year.  First they award a peace prize to Al Gore for his global-warming hysterics, apparently because the science committee understood the extent of his exaggerations in An Inconvenient Truth.
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 …
Scott Lindlaw / Associated Press:
Civility Reigns at San Diego Stadium  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) - Like Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years earlier in New Orleans, thousands of people rousted by natural disaster fled to the NFL stadium here, waiting out the calamity and worrying about their homes.
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and Attytood
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
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 …
Tom Bevan / TIME: Real Clear Politics:
The Coming War  —  The most telling moment from Sunday's GOP debate didn't take place during the debate itself, but in the focus group of Republican primary voters conducted by pollster Frank Luntz after the debate had ended.  Watch the reaction Luntz gets as he quizzes the group …
Discussion: Blogs for Bush
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 …
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Discussion: The Swamp and Death
Greg Krikorian / Los Angeles Times:
Mistrial in Holy Land terrorism financing case
Discussion: Eschaton and The Gate
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Christopher Cooper / Wall Street Journal:
Dark Horses Run Hard in Iowa
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Only the strong will survive
Roy / alicublog:
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Los Angeles Times:
Bush seeks billions more in military funding
New York Times:
Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to Senator
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Bolton lobbies on N.K. deal
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards from the Trail:
Air America gone from Austin airwaves
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Thompson's Daughter's Death Informs Right-to-Die Stance