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3:30 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"  —  Update 2:18pm Eastern.  Glenn Reynolds searches for reaction from the TNR.  Silence so far.  It's the sound of heads getting ready to roll.  —  Meanwhile, what apt timing …
Discussion: Power Line and Neocon News
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Big Spender From Out West  —  It takes a Texan to spend big in the White House, it appears.  According to McClatchy — and to no one's surprise — George Bush has presided over the largest expansion of federal spending since Lyndon Johnson, another Texan with a predilection for expansive spending.
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:
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Chris Dodd's leadership vs. Clinton and Obama's game playing  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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.
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 …
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Confirms Judge Opposed by Democrats  —  The Senate today confirmed President Bush's choice for the federal appeals court that handles cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas despite complaints from many Democrats and from civil rights organizations that he is not committed to racial equality.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: WHERE FEW DARE TO GO  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Julia Steers  —  *** Where few dare to go: Over the past 10 months, the national media have reported on almost every angle possible in this presidential race, especially as it relates to Hillary Clinton.
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.
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 …
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?
Jules Crittenden:
Double-Reverse Chickendove  —  To paraphrase some Marine wag …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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.
Baptist Press News:
Wilton: Romney endorsement a mistake  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP)—South Carolina pastor Don Wilton said Oct. 23 he made a "personal error" in agreeing to support the campaign of Mitt Romney for president.  —  The pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg and a former president …
Duane R. Patterson /
Harry Reid Blames California Wildfires On Global Warming...Before He Denies He Said It.  —  After a closed door policy meeting with other Senate Democrats, Majority Leader and utter buffoon Hary Reid of Nevada took to the microphones just outside the floor of the United States Senate, and fielded questions.
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":
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.
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Big Break for the Senate GOP  —  From Roll Call: … Kerrey was probably the only Democrat who could have taken the seat, so that's one break in a year when they've been few and far between for Republicans.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Fox News: Al Qaeda is causing the CA wildires.  —  This morning on Fox News, hosts of the show Fox and Friends blamed the wildfires in California on a new culprit: al Qaeda.  They pointed to a 2003 FBI memo, which raised the possibility that al Qaeda may try to set wildfires around the western United States.
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
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The Corner:
Deafening Silence  —  Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of my state …
Discussion: Newsday
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The New Clinton Propaganda Machine
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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
New York Times:
Tilting the Scales of Justice
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Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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