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3:35 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
Putin warns against sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Romney Open to Iran 'Bombardment'
Discussion: Think Progress
CNN:
U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iran
Discussion: Publius Pundit and Death
New York Times:   U.S. Levels Sanctions Against Iran Military Unit
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!
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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 …
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John Feehery / The Hill:
Dems Are Out of Touch on Taxes  —  Earlier this year, The Tax Foundation released a poll about the attitudes that Americans have towards the tax code.  It found that a majority of U.S. adults believe the federal tax code is complex, that the federal income taxes they pay are "too high," …
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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: Weasel Zippers, Death and Tim Blair
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
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
'55 'Origin of Life' Paper Is Retracted  —  In January 1955, Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, published a paper called "Information, Reproduction and the Origin of Life" in American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society.
Discussion: Pharyngula and DefCon Blog
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino  —  MS. PERINO: Hello.  I have two announcements and then a scheduling update, and then we'll go to questions.  First of all, this is a statement by the President that we will release, so this is in his words: The confirmation of Judge Leslie Southwick …
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.
Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Academic Freedom?  —  Yesterday, the University of Delaware asked Asaf Romirowsky to step down from an academic panel at the University of Delaware because another panelist, University of Delaware political scientist Muqtedar Khan, didn't want to share the podium with anyone who served in the Israeli Defense Forces.
 
 
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Lynn Sweet:
Sweet blog column: Obama says he would "take up arms" …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Wonkette:
Larry Craig Scandal: EXCLUSIVE: "I Had Sex with Larry Craig!"
Discussion: Agitprop
Tula Connell / Firedoglake:
Newspaper Endangers Workers, Public, to Score a Political Point
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Case Against US Soldier in Giuliana Sgrena Indcident Thrown Out
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Iowa Dems to set Jan. 3 caucus date
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Student hounds prof running for Congress
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 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
Educated Women Climb Aboard
Lambert / Corrente:
Could Steny Hoyer Have Seen The Light On Restoring Constitutional Government?
Discussion: Pacific Views
The Atlantic Online:
The K-Drum Challenge  —  Kevin Drum wants to know what liberals are whining about exactly:
Haaretz:
Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
John McCain and the GOP: Trapped in the 1960s
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Obama Asked about Obama-Gore '08 Ticket
Frank James / The Swamp:
Cheney catches some zzzs while California burns
Discussion: Think Progress
Michelle Malkin:
Soros-backed Medicare insurer raided by FBI