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10:05 AM ET, October 23, 2007


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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 …
Mike Huckabee / PolitiFact:
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were "brave people, most of whom, by the way, were clergymen."  —  1 out of 56 equals 'most'?  No, it doesn't  —  During the Republican debate, Mike Huckabee said he believes one of the defining issues facing the country is the sanctity of human life.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Mostest  —  I've sort of gotten tired of explaining that, no, the Founding Fathers actually weren't all born-agains and bible thumpers.  Not hardly.  (Probably better to say that the great majority ranged from believers in an entirely impersonal God — Deists — to believing Christians …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Bush seeks billions more in military funding  —  The $45.9-billion emergency request would push the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over $600 billion, and is expected to incite critics.  —  WASHINGTON — Setting up another confrontation with congressional Democrats over the war in Iraq …
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.
Leslie Eaton / New York Times:
U.S. Prosecution of Muslim Group Ends in Mistrial  —  A federal judge declared a mistrial on Monday in what was widely seen as the government's flagship terrorism-financing case after prosecutors failed to persuade a jury to convict five leaders of a Muslim charity on any charges, or even to reach a verdict on many of the 197 counts.
Discussion: Death and Brave New Films blog
Leslie Eaton / New York Times:
No Convictions in Trial Against Muslim Charity
Discussion: Washington Post and News Hounds
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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Bolton lobbies on N.K. deal  —  Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is urging GOP lawmakers to oppose the Bush administration's recent agreement with North Korea to end its nuclear programs, according to House Republican sources.  —  While Bolton's skepticism of North Korea is well-known …
New York Times:
Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to Senator  —  Executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping.
Ertugrul Ozkok / Watching America:
Let the Americans Try and Stop Us! ...  "What if American F-16s come in front of us to block us?  Let them try, that's their business. ...  Our targets will be on Barzani's military and economic targets.  Our goal will be to transform the 'Kurdish dream' into a 'Turkish nightmare.'"
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Defending Islamofascism  —  IT'S A VALID TERM.  HERE'S WHY.  —  The attempt by David Horowitz and his allies to launch "Islamofascism Awareness Week" on American campuses has been met with a variety of responses.  One of these is a challenge to the validity of the term itself.
New York Times:
Reports Assail State Dept. on Iraq Security  —  A pair of new reports have delivered sharply critical judgments about the State Department's performance in overseeing work done by the private companies that the government relies on increasingly in Iraq and Afghanistan to carry out delicate security work and other missions.
W. Gardner Selby / Postcards from the Trail:
Air America gone from Austin airwaves  —  Air America, the home for defiantly liberal talk radio, has quit Austin's air waves, though it can still be heard online or on XM Satellite Radio.  Its previous broadcasting home in Austin, KOKE 1600 AM, has started following a Spanish-language format.
Discussion: BitsBlog and UrbanGrounds
Christian Lowe / Weekly Standard:
Warden Stone  —  A Marine Corps general brings a new approach to detainee operations.  —  IT MAY NOT BE the most dramatic operation going on to defeat the insurgency and weed out al Qaeda operatives in Iraq, and it may not grab the biggest headlines.  But one Marine general is waging …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Savior or Machiavelli, McCain's Top Aide Carries On
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Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Running Mates  —  This is one strange year for political spouses.
Discussion: The Caucus
Roy / alicublog:
NO GUARDRAILS. Today's crackpot statement:
Discussion: On Deadline, Orcinus and Lean Left
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama going on offensive on Iran
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Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
More Debtors Use Bankruptcy To Keep Homes
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Gay man's race for Senate is a rarity
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New York Times:
Even Closer to the Brink  —  The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Prairie Weather
USA Today:
Do voters take politicians at 'face' value?
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
With Trippi's Rise, Some See a New John Edwards
Washington Post / The Trail:
No New Light on Clinton Papers
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post / The Trail:
A GOP Race That Refuses to Narrow
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
BREAKING: Obama says won't pull anti-gay bigot from big campaign event
Associated Press:
Lessing Says Sept. 11 Attacks Not So Bad
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Va. Senate: Davis Expected to Opt Out of Race