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2:05 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
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The Corner:
Myths of the Jena 6  —  If even partially true, this strikes …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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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Atrios / Eschaton:
Senatorial Mush  —  Chris Dodd has put out a simple position: he'll do what's in his power to stop any bill which gives telecom companies retroactive immunity for their Bush administration sanctioned law breaking.  In contrast, Obama and Clinton have put out mush.  —  Greenwald:
CNN Political Ticker:
Senate OKs controversial judicial nominee
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Thompson stirs rivals with immigration plan  —  Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson yesterday staked out one of the toughest plans on the campaign trail to curb illegal immigration, trying to reignite the issue among the GOP faithful who rose up in revolt against a more moderate approach in Congress earlier this year.
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.
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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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
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.
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 …
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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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RUDY AWAKENING....What would Rudy Giuliani be like as president?  In our November issue, Rachel Morris looks for the answer by digging around in the nooks and crannies of his two terms as mayor of New York City.  Here's an excerpt: … Choosing the best presidential candidate among the 2008 contenders is a tough job.
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Rachel Morris / Washington Monthly:
As president, Giuliani would grab even more executive power than Bush and Cheney.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
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.
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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Editor and Publisher:
Former Sen. Rick Santorum Gets 'Philadelphia Inquirer' Column
Discussion: Eschaton and Think Progress
USA Today:
Limits don't slow trip perks for U.S. lawmakers
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
 Earlier Items: 
JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Crunch Time  —  We are hearing that the violence in Iraq is decreasing.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Hot Air
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Children's Health Yields to the Senators From Pork
The Raw Story:
New book says US uses 'methods of the most tyrannical regimes'
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
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