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3:40 PM ET, October 23, 2007


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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
House bid to censure Stark falls short  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans failed in an effort Tuesday to have the House censure Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who said in a congressional speech last week that U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq "to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Single gaffe can derail a message  —  Last week's vote on overriding President Bush's children's health insurance veto should have been a brief respite from a pretty tough week for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  —  After being forced to back away from votes on Armenian genocide …
Michelle Malkin:
GOP moves to censure Pete StarkRavingMad; Update: Stark "apologizes" …
Discussion: Open Left and Cliff Schecter
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Stark makes tearful apology, censure fails
Discussion: On Deadline
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bogus Intel Used in Fight with Islamofascism  —  Hmmm.  I've never been an advocate of kicking a buffoon when he's down.  But it seems our friend David Horowitz may be padding his list of colleges and universities participating in Islamofascism Awareness Week (aka "the biggest conservative campus protest ever").
Discussion: Think Progress
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama going on offensive on Iran  —  Sen. Barack Obama is applauded by supporters at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.  (AP Photo/Mike Derer)  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is going on the offensive in Iowa on Iran.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Camp Rips Romney for Osama Gaffe
Discussion: Hot Air and Cliff Schecter
Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Kucinich Had A UFO Encounter, According To Friend Shirley MacLaine  —  In Shirley MacLaine's new book, the actress and longtime friend of Dennis Kucinich makes an interesting claim: During a visit to her home in Washington state, Kucinich said he saw a UFO and heard messages from it.
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Kucinich sees UFO, new book claims
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and Death
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The NYTimes is Shameless  —  From the first line of today's editorial: … What can you say to that?  The editors at the Times have clearly stopped reading their own newspaper.  Here's an AP story published in today's paper: … That's the lede...I'm sure the AP would have stacked it with bad news if they could have.
'You can't lump all terrorists together'  —  Michael Tomasky asks Hillary Clinton about Iraq, the legacy of the Cold War, Mukasey and ceding executive powers  —  I want to start with some questions about foreign policy and terrorism.  If you become president you'll enter the White House …
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
Clinton vows review of Bush power grab
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Thompson's Plan to Fight Illegal Immigration  —  From Thompson campaign:  —  Thompson Announces Plan to Secure Border, Enforce Existing Immigration Laws  —  Senator Fred Thompson today unveiled a comprehensive border security and immigration enforcement proposal that would make America safer …
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.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama trying to put out gay fire  —  The Obama campaign has scheduled a conference call with campaign manager David Plouffe and other top aides to re-assure gay donors and other backers who are angry at the inclusion of a gospel singer hostile to homosexuality, Donnie McClurken …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Limbaugh calls female MSNBC anchor 'wifey' and 'whiney.'  —  On MSNBC's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough had on right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh to "talk about the Republican field."  But Limbaugh quickly interjected and said he first had a comment about CNBC business analyst Erin Burnett …
Discussion: TVNewser and My Two Sense
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 …
Aaron Gould Sheinin / The State:
Romney polls show S.C. surge  —  But external survey finds Bob Jones' endorsement hurt candidate's chances  —  Mitt Romney is the only Republican presidential hopeful gaining ground in South Carolina, the former Massachusetts governor's internal polling shows.
Michelle Malkin:
Shamnesty alert: Dems prepare to ram DREAM Act through with cloture vote  —  I've been keeping you up to date with the latest on the Dems' attempt (with help from open borders Republicans) to ram the DREAM Act through the Senate.  It now looks like a cloture vote is set for tomorrow.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
What We Need: A Do Nothing Congress
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS....Tom Friedman is concerned that 20 …
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The Coming War  —  The most telling moment from Sunday's GOP debate …
Discussion: Redstate, QandO and Blogs for Bush
Gary L. McDowell / Opinion Journal:
The War for the Constitution
Jed Rubenfeld / New York Times:
Lawbreaker in Chief  —  AT his confirmation hearings last week …