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12:25 PM ET, October 25, 2007


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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  —  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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Foer Still Spinning  —  Franklin Foer has perfected his impersonation of a gyroscope in a vacuum — he can't stop spinning.  The editor of The New Republic spoke with Howard Kurtz yesterday about the release of the transcript of his conversation with Scott Beauchamp and the Army conclusions …
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
U.S. to Impose New Sanctions Targeting Iran's Military  —  The Bush administration plans to roll out an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction …
Discussion: The Swamp, MoJoBlog, MSNBC and The Gate
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bomb Iran?  U.S. Requests Bunker-Buster Bombs  —  White House Bomber Request Leaves Some Wondering if U.S. Is Preparing Action in Iran  —  Tucked inside the White House's $196 billion emergency funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is an item that has some people wondering whether …
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!
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
'DREAM Act' backers still dreaming  —  The immigration issue has become so toxic in American politics that Congress is now unable to pass even modest measures that once had widespread support, and immigration supporters who were once on the verge of a bipartisan breakthrough are now in danger of a backlash in next year's elections.
CNN Political Ticker:
Clinton, Giuliani hold big leads in Florida  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new Quinnipiac poll out of Florida Thursday shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani each hold a substantial lead over their competitors in the Sunshine State.
Discussion: The Hill, The Caucus and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Soros-backed Medicare insurer raided by FBI  —  The St. Petersburg Times reports on an FBI raid of WellCare, a shady Medicare insurer...initially funded by far Left billionaire George Soros and run by one of his acolytes: … Wellcare serves Medicare and Medicaid customers-more than 350,000 seniors in Florida alone.
Kris Hundley / St. Petersburg Times:   FBI raid shutters Medicare insurer
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 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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Musn't say the V-word  —  I read this sort of thing and I just do a slow burn. … The more interesting question is why should all of the parents who don't have the choice to send their kids to a private school, or move to the suburbs?  How do you write an article this long without noting …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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 …
New York Post:
STRESS MESS IN U.S.  —  48% CAN'T SLEEP  —  We're stressed out, we can't sleep, we're drinking too much - and it's getting worse.  —  Forty-eight percent of Americans say they're more stressed now than they were five years ago, and the same percent report regularly lying awake at night because of stress …
Discussion: The Corner
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Frank James / The Swamp:
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Discussion: Think Progress
Susan Greene / Denver Post:
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Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Washington Post:
Lott Waits for Clinton's Apology and Gets One
Discussion: MSNBC and Political Punch
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Rice Continues Proud Tradition of State Dep't Stonewalling
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Washington Post
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Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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Lieberman-Warner meets the microscope
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
White House Feels Waxman's Oversight Gaze
New York Times:
Another $200 Billion  —  President Bush waited until he had vetoed …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE NATIONAL SECURITY DILEMMA....Publius defends the Democratic Party leadership here.