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3:00 PM ET, October 25, 2007


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Irenep / Michael Yon:
Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances  —  October 25, 2007  —  Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances: Pass it Along  —  I'd known that General Petraeus was once accidentally shot in the chest, but I first heard the full story this summer in Baqubah, from an eyewitness whose account I wrote about in Second Chances.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Baghdad Diarist Was On Guard When Questioned by Editors  —  The soldier whose New Republic article about military cruelty in Iraq was labeled false by Army investigators refused to defend his accusations when questioned by the magazine, even after being told that the editors could no longer support him unless he cooperated.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Army Acknowledges Leaking Beauchamp Docs To Drudge, Promises Investigation  —  Updated below.  —  There's been a very interesting turn in the saga of The New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist," the American soldier in Iraq who's been accused of fabricating negative stories about U.S. troops and publishing them in the mag.
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Yon: Beauchamp's Honor  —  Michael Yon dives into the Scott Beauchamp/New Republic fracas with a surprising and intriguing twist.  Yon actually has come into contact with Beauchamp's unit, and finds the CO protective of the erstwhile Hemingway, and for good reason.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   The growing link between the U.S. military and right-wing media and blogs
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
New Steps by U.S. Against Iranians  —  The Bush administration will announce a long-debated policy of new sanctions against Iran on Thursday, accusing the elite Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of supporting terrorism, administration officials said Wednesday night.
New York Times:
U.S. Levels Sanctions Against Iran Military Unit  —  The Bush administration announced a long-debated policy of new sanctions against Iran today, accusing the elite Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of supporting terrorism.  —  The administration also accused …
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:   Romney Open to Iran 'Bombardment'
Docweasel / docweaselblog:
Bobby Caina Calvan Blog : the entire post with comments preserved  —  UPDATE: Good gracious, blogging since '97 and my first Instalanche.  Thank you Mr. Reynolds!  Thank you AOSHQ and the lovely and talented Michelle Malkin as well.  —  The entire site is 404′d, and the comments were the sweetest plum!
Little Green Footballs:
Ted Rall: Only Idiots Die in Iraq, US IQ Soars  —  Here's a look into the squirmy, ugly mind of Ted Rall, whose latest cartoon about US troops in Iraq says: "Only idiots signed up; only idiots died.  Back home, the average I.Q. soared."  —  (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Discussion: Death and Tim Blair
Andrew Fell / Weasel Zippers:
Ted Rall: Death of US Soldiers Raises IQ at Home...
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Iowa Dems to set Jan. 3 caucus date  —  The Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee will vote Sunday night on a plan to move the Iowa Democratic caucuses to Jan. 3, the same day as the Republican caucuses.  —  Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan will recommend the move …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
It's looking like Jan. 3 for Dems in Iowa
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
In His Words: Giuliani on Torture  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — At a town hall meeting here last night, Rudolph W. Giuliani expanded upon his views of torture.  Here is a transcript of the exchange.  —  Linda Gustitus, who is the president of a group called the National Religious Campaign Against Torture …
MEMO  —  FROM: Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Jim McCrery  —  At a bipartisan Ways and Means caucus last night, Chairman Rangel outlined his long-awaited "Mother of All Tax Hikes" legislation.  The basics of the package are simple: This is the largest individual income tax increase in history.
Discussion: Washington Wire
John Feehery / The Hill:
Dems Are Out of Touch on Taxes
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Democrats Set For Vote on New Version Of Children's Health Bill  —  Just one week after failing to override President Bush's veto, House Democrats will put a new version of their $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program to a vote today …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Ron Paul Wars  —  RedState defends its decision to bar future posters from supporting Ron Paul: … I don't think I qualify as a Neo-Nazi or a Code Pink activist.  Full Wired story here.  But here's a simple message to Ron Paul supporters.  You're welcome here.
Discussion: Wired News and Eunomia
Washington Post:
Biden Stumbles in Interview  —  In an interview with The Washington Post's editorial board, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) asserted that he is more prepared to be president than any other candidate, disputed the notion that governors are better suited for the White House than senators and warned …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Time for the Bundesmacht  —  Remember the Wehrmacht?  It was a formidable fighting force.  The modern German army, the Bundeswehr, is also very effective.  Thing is, it is reluctant to fight or even place itself in danger.  —  Given history, that may seem just fine.
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 Earlier Items: 
Lambert / Corrente:
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Discussion: Pacific Views
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Academic Freedom?  —  Yesterday, the University of Delaware …
The Atlantic Online:
The K-Drum Challenge  —  Kevin Drum wants to know what liberals are whining about exactly:
Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
John McCain and the GOP: Trapped in the 1960s
Frank James / The Swamp:
Cheney catches some zzzs while California burns
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Post:
Lott Waits for Clinton's Apology and Gets One
Discussion: Political Punch
Michelle Malkin:
Soros-backed Medicare insurer raided by FBI