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2:10 PM ET, October 24, 2007

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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Big Spender From Out West
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Chris Dodd's leadership vs. Clinton and Obama's game playing  —  (updated below)  —  Chris Dodd appeared yesterday for a speech and Q&A session sponsored by FireDogLake regarding his commitment to doing everything possible to prevent telecom amnesty.  It can be viewed in its entirety here.
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Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Obama Camp Says It: He'll Support Filibuster Of Any Bill Containing Telecom Immunity
CNN Political Ticker:
Senate OKs controversial judicial nominee
Discussion: The Swamp
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The Corner:
Myths of the Jena 6  —  If even partially true, this strikes …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Remember Iraq  —  Boy, am I glad we finally got out of Iraq.  It was so painful waking up every morning and reading the news from there.  It's just such a relief to have it out of mind and behind us.  —  Huh?  Say what?  You say we're still there?  But how could that be — nobody in Washington is talking about it anymore?
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Jules Crittenden:
Double-Reverse Chickendove  —  To paraphrase some Marine wag in Ramadi ... Tom Friedman isn't at war, the Marine Corps is at war.  The Army is at war.  Tom Friedman's at Neiman Marcus: … Actually, Iraq is more like a tortured, politically traumatized nation of 25 million people desperate …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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 …
Matt / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: J.K. Rowling Is A 'Provocateur' For 'The Gay Agenda' Of 'Indoctrination'  —  Last Friday, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed that one of the central characters in the series, Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, was gay.  Though Rowling says her books are a …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is this the Syrian nuke reactor bombed by Israel?  —  Some clever soul used the info from this morning's WaPo story about photographs of the reactor circulating among intel types to try to find it on Google Earth.  With possible success: follow the link in Dan Riehl's post and see for yourself.
Fred File:
Democrats' DREAM Act is a Nightmare  —  Coyotes are the men who prey on illegal aliens, helping illegal immigrants return to the U.S. over our southern border, sometimes after these immigrants have been deported, two, even three or more times.  Apparently our Democratic friends in Congress …
Los Angeles Times:
Clinton's White House years become a boon  —  Democratic voters are looking favorably on her experience as first lady, even on her failed healthcare effort, a poll finds.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has neutralized the political fallout from some of the most difficult moments …
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New York Times:
Tilting the Scales of Justice  —  Every time we take a look at the United States attorney scandal, more evidence emerges that Alberto Gonzales politicized the Justice Department to the point where it sometimes seems like a branch of the Republican National Committee.
Discussion: Norwegianity and At-Largely
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Blue Dogs refuse to pony up for DCCC  —  A large group of "Blue Dog" Democrats has refused to give money to the party's campaign committee so far this cycle, underscoring simmering tension inside the Caucus and concerns about the caustic language of at least one anti-war Democrat.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
As Campaigns Chafe at Limits, Donors Might Be in Diapers  —  Elrick Williams's toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest contributors to this year's presidential campaign.  The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).  —  So did her sister and brother, Imara, 13 …
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Heavy Editing Is Alleged In Climate Testimony  —  Testimony that the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to give yesterday to a Senate committee about the impact of climate change on health was significantly edited by the White House, according to two sources familiar with the documents.
Faiz / Think Progress:
CA Guard Warned Of 'Less Effective Response' To Fires Due To Equipment Shortages Caused By Iraq  —  The San Francisco Chronicle reported last May that the California National Guard had been depleted and warned that severe "equipment shortages could hinder the guard's response to a large-scale disaster," such as a "major fire":
Aljazeera:
Palestinian 'torture widespread'  —  Amnesty International has accused Hamas and Fatah of widespread human rights abuses, including torture, arbitrary detention and other ill treatment against each other.  —  The rights watchdog on Wednesday released a report criticising the Palestinian governments …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Romney's Slip of Tongue Blurs Osama and Obama  —  Senator Barack Obama rallying a global terror movement?  Mitt Romney might have still been a bit bleary-eyed on Tuesday morning when he twice confused Mr. Obama with Osama bin Laden when referring to the latter's new recorded message for jihadists to fight in Iraq.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The New Clinton Propaganda Machine  —  WATCH IT REV UP.  —  Politicians don't call it dissembling, deceiving, or lying.  They call it media management, and no administration has practiced this black art better in recent times than that of President Bill Clinton.
Telegraph:
Sept 11 'not that terrible' says Doris Lessing  —  Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning British author, has called the attacks on New York on Sept 11, 2001, "not that terrible", compared to the campaign of terror waged by the IRA in the UK.  —  Lessing, 88, who won the Nobel Prize …
Discussion: Death and normblog
 
 
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USA Today:
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The Corner:
Deafening Silence  —  Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of my state …
Discussion: Newsday
CNN Political Ticker:
Kerrey decides not to run in Nebraska
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pakistan Poised To Swat Taliban
Discussion: The Newshoggers
CNN:
Officials: Suspects plotted 'world jihad'
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Crunch Time  —  We are hearing that the violence in Iraq is decreasing.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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