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7:25 PM ET, October 24, 2007


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Drudge Report:
SHOCK DOCS: THE NEW REPUBLIC 'SHOCK TROOPS' STORY COLLAPSES  —  The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained internal documents from the investigation of THE NEW REPUBLIC'S "Baghdad Diarist", Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private turned war correspondent who reported tales of military malfeasance from the Iraq War front.
Michelle Malkin:
Drudge: The Beauchamp transcripts; Foer to Beauchamp: "Let us control the way this story proceeds;" Foer exploits Beauchamp's wife: "Ellie sent me an e-mail to tell you that it's the most important thing in the world for her that you say that you didn't recant;" Update: Foer whines, attacks the military again
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Drudge: Leaked documents prove TNR's Beauchamp story has collapsed?  Update: Drudge pulls documents?  Update: TNR preparing to torpedo Drudge?  Update: TNR editor doesn't dispute accuracy of docs  —  Haven't even had time to read it yet.  Just tossing it up so that you guys have a place to comment while you read it yourselves.
The Corner:
Baghdad Diarist  —  We're hearing from The New Republic that the Drudge story isn't the damning evidence it suggests to be ... stay tuned.  —  UPDATE: An editor there e-mails: "Go to the story and click on the link that he claims is to Beauchamp's confession.  It's not there.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE BEAUCHAMP....Drudge has more on the Scott Thomas Beauchamp affair: … It's hard to judge whether this is damning or not.  On August 10, the Army was stonewalling TNR.  They didn't get to talk to Beauchamp until nearly a month later.  And the fact that after a month of browbeating …
Discussion: Power Line and Balloon Juice
The Corner:   Baghdad Diarist  —  The Drudge docs that were up earlier …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
That Took Foerever: Beauchamp Story Collapses
Discussion: Bookworm Room
Confederate Yankee:
Boom: Drudge Scoops Docs to Sink TNR
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Brownie: Bush not doing heckuva job on fires  —  President Bush isn't doing a heck of a job balancing National Guard call-ups to Iraq with states' needs back home - and that's crimping the government response to the California wildfires, according to the man who took the blame for the botched federal reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani becomes Red Sox fan on eve of World Series  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Pigs flew, lions slept with lambs - and No. 1 Yankee fan Rudy Giuliani miraculously transformed himself into a Red Sox fan on the eve of the World Series.  —  "I'm rooting for the Red Sox," the Republican presidential …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Who's in Charge?  "Dream Act" Fails, Southwick Wins  —  With votes like these, it's difficult to believe the Democrats are the majority party in Congress.  The Senate vote to advance the Dream Act failed today. … Despite efforts of Sen. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin, the Republican opposition framing …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush is the biggest spender since LBJ  —  WASHINGTON — George W. Bush, despite all his recent bravado about being an apostle of small government and budget-slashing, is the biggest spending president since Lyndon B. Johnson.  In fact, he's arguably an even bigger spender than LBJ.
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Seven clues that 'Potter's' Dumbledore was gay  —  "Albus Dumbledore" is an anagram of "Male bods rule, bud!"  —  The Potter-verse was thrown for a loop when author J.K. Rowling announced she had always imagined one of the main characters in the "Harry Potter" series — Albus Dumbledore — to be gay.
Discussion: Open Left, LAist and Bookworm Room
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity  —  It's official: Obama will back a filibuster of any Senate FISA legislation containing telecom immunity, his campaign has just told Election Central.  The Obama campaign has just sent over the following statement from spokesman Bill Burton:
With Regard to Our Position On MoRons And The Unsolicited Media Attention From Third Parties  —  I hate to front page a post like this because David All's a friend, but I feel like, given my position as Editor of this site, I need to say something up front.  —  Yesterday, Moe mentioned …
Rasmussen Reports:
Comedian Colbert Reaches Double Digits As Third-Party Candidate  —  Comedian Stephen Colbert is not a threat to win the presidency, but the odds are that that his satire will win plenty of laughs and maybe even some votes.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that Colbert …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
No Joke: Colbert's Campaign May Run Afoul of Law  —  Campaign Finance Law May Spoil Comedian's Fun  —  Stephen Colbert says his presidential campaign is serious business and the Federal Election Commission may find that's no joke.  (AP)  —  With its snack-food sponsorship …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Santorum says Islam 'not just something you do on Sunday'  —  A year ago at this time, Rick Santorum was a two-term senator and possible presidential candidate.  Yesterday, he was at Penn State as a guest of David Horowitz, as part of the absurd "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week."
Craig Franklin / Christian Science Monitor:
MEDIA MYTHS ABOUT THE JENA 6  —  A local journalist tells the story you haven't heard.  —  Republish  —  JENA, LA. - By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6."  White students hanging nooses barely punished …
Cynthia R. Fagan / New York Post:
PROTESTOR ATTACKS CONDOLEEZZA RICE ON CAPITOL HILL  —  WOMAN TRIES TO SMEAR PAINT ON SECRETARY  —  An anti-war protestor, whose hands were painted red to look like blood, stormed up to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she arrived to testify on Capitol Hill this morning, shouting …
Editor and Publisher:
Former Sen. Rick Santorum Gets 'Philadelphia Inquirer' Column  —  NEW YORK A press conference will be held at 1:30 this afternoon at the Philadelphia Inquirer to announce that it has added former Sen. Rick Santorum to its stable of columnists.  —  Also hired is George Curry, the former editor of Emerge magazine.
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The Corner:
I'm a Gutless Wonder  —  If my e-mails are any indication, in response to my 5:05 post.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Information Gaps on the Right
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New group to attack Hillary from left
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TIME
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
A Second Shock & Awe Fed Action?
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Levin fires new salvo in primary war
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Just Call Him "Slummy Joe"
Amanda / Think Progress:
Fox News: Al Qaeda is causing the CA wildfires. »
CNN Political Ticker:
Senate OKs controversial judicial nominee; Lott gets emotional
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The New Clinton Propaganda Machine