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1:20 PM ET, October 24, 2007


 Top Items: 
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.
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:
Jonathan Turley / Los Angeles Times:
Mukasey's confirmation: a vote about torture
Discussion: The Reaction
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama nabs butter-cow backing  —  Could Duffy Lyon be bigger than Oprah?  —  The Obama campaign hopes so, at least in the parts of Iowa off the four-lane.  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) needs to make a cultural connection with the rural caucus-goers of Iowa, a state that will make or break his presidential campaign.
Discussion: The Swamp, MSNBC, Boston Globe and Wonkette
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.
NY Daily News:   Campaign Takeout  —  Rudy's strut about smut
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Edwards faces tricky targeting task
Discussion: The Swamp and The American Street
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Rachel Morris / Washington Monthly:
As president, Giuliani would grab even more executive power than Bush and Cheney.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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":
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
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 …
JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Crunch Time  —  We are hearing that the violence in Iraq is decreasing.  —  And we all hear the phrase 'The Surge.'  —  But what is the surge?  How has it worked to decrease the violence?  —  In my upcoming movie, the viewer will get to see the surge from the inside …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Hot Air
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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Jack Shafer / Slate:
The New Clinton Propaganda Machine
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is this the Syrian nuke reactor bombed by Israel?
CNN Political Ticker:
Kerrey decides not to run in Nebraska
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Pakistan Poised To Swat Taliban
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Officials: Suspects plotted 'world jihad'
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Edward Whelan / Los Angeles Times:
Judicial activism awards fixed!
Pew Research Center:
Modest Interest in 2008 Campaign News
Discussion: Ft. Hard Knox and The Trail
New York Times:
Tilting the Scales of Justice
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Countrywide's New Scare  —  'Option ARM' Delinquencies Bleed
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Bush to Warn Cuba on Plan for Transition
Ken Caldeira / New York Times:
How to Cool the Globe  —  DESPITE growing interest …
Discussion: EconLog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Children's Health Yields to the Senators From Pork
Duane R. Patterson /
Harry Reid Blames California Wildfires On Global Warming …
The Raw Story:
New book says US uses 'methods of the most tyrannical regimes'
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
As Campaigns Chafe at Limits, Donors Might Be in Diapers