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12:10 PM ET, October 25, 2007


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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.
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 …
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 …
Docweasel / docweaselblog:
Bobby Calvan does the impossible: Unites the entire internet …
Discussion: Hot Air and
Little Green Footballs:   Media Arrogance Squared
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Brownback to meet Rudy  —  Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is considering endorsing Rudy Giuliani for the GOP presidential nomination and will meet with him Thursday in Washington to hear his views on abortion.  —  Brownback, who ended his White House run last week and is a champion …
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
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
New Home Sales Rebound in September  —  Sales of New Homes Rebound in September After Hitting Slowest Pace in More Than a Decade  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes posted an unexpected gain in September although the improvement came after sales had fallen to the slowest pace in more than a decade.
Discussion: Eschaton and Calculated Risk
New York Times:
Reports Suggest Broader Losses From Mortgages
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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Washington Post:
Biden Stumbles in Interview
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
Susan Greene / Denver Post:
Tancredo's Web postings challenged
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Washington Post:
Lott Waits for Clinton's Apology and Gets One
Discussion: Political Punch
Spencer Ackerman / TPMmuckraker:
Rice Continues Proud Tradition of State Dep't Stonewalling
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Washington Post
Andrew Fell / Weasel Zippers:
Ted Rall: Death of US Soldiers Raises IQ at Home...
Aliza Marcus / Bloomberg:
Democrats Have Advantage on Health, Boosting Clinton, Poll Says
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony M. Destefano / Newsday:
Testimony: Mob considered killing Giuliani
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
GOP cries foul on timing of kids' health vote
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
An Airstrike a Day Won't Keep Insurgents at Bay
Brian Beutler / Gristmill:
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 …
Joe Klein / TIME: Swampland:
The GOP in 2008  —  It's long been my belief that the GOP hole card …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THE NATIONAL SECURITY DILEMMA....Publius defends the Democratic Party leadership here.