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4:50 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Drudge: Leaked documents prove TNR's Beauchamp story has collapsed?  Update: Drudge pulls documents?  Update: TNR preparing to torpedo Drudge?  —  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.
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 3:50pm Eastern.
Discussion: and Neocon News
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
That Took Foerever: Beauchamp Story Collapses
The Corner:   Baghdad Diarist
Confederate Yankee:
Boom: Drudge Scoops Docs to Sink TNR
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MORE BEAUCHAMP....Drudge has more on the Scott Thomas Beauchamp affair:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Kristin Sommers / PR Newswire:
Former FEMA Director and Director of Corporate Strategy for Cotton Companies Michael D. Brown Available for Interviews Regarding California Wild Fires  —  Michael D. Brown, Former FEMA Director and Current Director of Cotton Companies, one of the leading disaster preparedness and restoration organizations …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakespeare's Sister
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.
Mark Mellman / The Hill:   Myths and facts in Iowa
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani becomes Red Sox fan on eve of World Series
CNN Political Ticker:
Senate OKs controversial judicial nominee; Lott gets emotional  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate Wednesday confirmed President Bush's controversial nominee Judge Leslie Southwick to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals by a vote of 59-38.  —  Some Democrats, including the Congressional Black Caucus …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
GOP scores big win with Southwick confirmation
David Stout / New York Times:   Senate Confirms Judge Opposed by Democrats
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 …
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 …
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 …
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Seven clues that 'Potter's' Dumbledore was gay
Discussion: LAist, Open Left and Bookworm Room
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.
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 …
Lynn Sweet:
Sweet Oct. 24 clips and more: Obama on defensive over gay bashing backer and taking improper donations.  UPDATE.  Gay minister to open gospel tour.  Damage control.  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—UPDATE—The Obama campaign just told gay activists a gay minister will open each gospel session this weekend.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Levin fires new salvo in primary war  —  Sen. Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, threatened Wednesday to hold Michigan's presidential nominating contest on the same day as the New Hampshire primary in order to end New Hampshire's "cockamamie" first-in-the nation role.
Amanda / Think Progress:
Fox News: Al Qaeda is causing the CA wildfires.  —  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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Just Call Him "Slummy Joe"
Discussion: Hartford Advocate
Media Matters for America:
MSNBC's Carlson "outraged" …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
No Joke: Colbert's Campaign May Run Afoul of Law
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Santorum says Islam 'not just something you do on Sunday'
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Big Break for the Senate GOP
The Corner:
Deafening Silence  —  Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of my state …
Discussion: Newsday
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The New Clinton Propaganda Machine
 Earlier Items: 
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is this the Syrian nuke reactor bombed by Israel?
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Sharp Drop Seen in US Deaths in Iraq
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Blue Dogs refuse to pony up for DCCC
Jules Crittenden:
Double-Reverse Chickendove  —  To paraphrase some Marine wag …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
RUDY AWAKENING....What would Rudy Giuliani be like as president?
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Wilton: Romney endorsement a mistake