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12:25 PM ET, October 23, 2007

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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
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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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 …
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.
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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: Attytood, Liberty Pundit and CNN
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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."
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Single gaffe can derail a message
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and MSNBC
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 …
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!
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Kevin Landrigan / Nashuatelegraph.com:
McCain: Next eight months may decide war
Michelle Malkin:
Wildfires and environmental obstructionism  —  Nearly 300,000 Southern California residents have now been evacuated as wildfires spread across the region: … Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling up the National Guard and asking for military support.  President Bush has declared a state of emergency.
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Kucinich sees UFO, new book claims  —  Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has seen a UFO, writes Shirley MacLaine in her new book, "Sage-Ing While Age-Ing."  —  Kucinich, she writes on page143-144 of the book, "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there.
Discussion: The Swamp and Death
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Eric Kleefeld / Election Central:
Kucinich Had A UFO Encounter, According To Friend Shirley MacLaine
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama going on offensive on Iran  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is going on the offensive in Iowa on Iran.  —  The Illinois Democrat's campaign is sending out a color mailing today in the early voting state that includes the headline, "While others went along, Obama opposed Bush's war plans."
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Bryan / Hot Air:
Violence in Iraq down 70%  —  But, I'm confused.  I coulda swore I heard someone say "The war is lost."  Maybe that prognostication was a bit premature. … This is the lead of a Reuters story.  Watch how they use the next sentence to make sure that no one jumps for joy.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Please Welcome Senator Chris Dodd  —  Senator Chris Dodd joins us today from Iowa to discuss his decision to oppose retroactive immunity for the telecom companies from the upcoming FISA bill.  —  Dodd is acting in the tradition of Robert Kennedy, who himself vigorously opposed such action:
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 …
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
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Abdallah Higazy coerced by FBI agent to plead guilty by torture  —  This story is wild.  On the day of the 9/11 attacks, an FBI agent named Templeton threatened to have Abdallah Higazy's family tortured by the Egyptians unless he pled guilty to being part of the 9/11 hijackings.
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.
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
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
GOP team revives electoral vote initiative
Discussion: Boi From Troy
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Where was Watts?
Discussion: musings and Off the Kuff
Kate Sheppard / American Prospect:
Yo, Ho, Ho, a Law for the Seas!
Greg Krikorian / Los Angeles Times:
Mistrial in Holy Land terrorism financing case
Discussion: Eschaton and The Gate
Guardian:
Welcome to Guardian America
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Only the strong will survive
Cindy Horswell / Houston Chronicle:
Liberty outraged over grave desecration
Jim Henley / Unqualified Offerings:
Radio Nowhere  —  I agree with Kevin Drum.  It's befuddling …
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Christian Lowe / Weekly Standard:
Warden Stone  —  A Marine Corps general brings a new approach to detainee operations.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
New York Times:
Reports Assail State Department on Iraq Security
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
With Trippi's Rise, Some See a New John Edwards
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Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to Senator
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Air America gone from Austin airwaves
 

 
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A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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