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5:40 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
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Yon: Beauchamp's Honor
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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Salon:
Glenn Greenwald  —  Anonymous Liberal for Glenn Greenwald: Giuliani on torture  —  In his book, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin described his experience being tortured by sleep deprivation at the hands of the KGB: … Here's U.S. presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, speaking at a town hall event in Iowa yesterday:
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Satellite Photos Show Cleansing of Syrian Site  —  New commercial satellite photos show that a Syrian site believed to have been attacked by Israel last month no longer bears any obvious traces of what some analysts said appeared to have been a partly built nuclear reactor.
Col. David Hunt / Fox News:
America Could Have Killed Usama bin Laden — But Didn't  —  Because there is no shortage of things to yell about regarding the War on Terror, Iraq, Afghanistan, Homeland Security, and so on, deciding what to write about is always fun.  —  This week, I was going to yell about how the Bush …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Did The White House Miss A Chance To Catch OBL Again?
CNN:
GOP cries foul on timing of children's health vote  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Republicans are fuming over Democrats' decision to hold the next vote on the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Thursday — when many Republicans will be in California as President Bush tours areas hit by wildfires.
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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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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.
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.
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.)
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 …
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Student hounds prof running for Congress  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - A politically conservative student armed with a video camera and a Web site is trying to force a Democratic congressional candidate out of his teaching job at Central Michigan University.  —  Dennis Lennox, a 23-year-old junior …
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!
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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Chase / Chase Martyn On Display:
Democratic Caucuses Will Be Held Jan 3  —  The Politico and Marc Ambinder are both reporting that the Democratic Iowa Caucuses will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2008.  That's the same date as the Republican Caucuses, and it is the earliest Caucus date in history.
 
 
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Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
James Watson Retires After Racial Remarks
Discussion: Beliefnet and Gawker
Faiz / Think Progress:
TP: one of America's 'most dangerous organizations.'
Seth Mydans / New York Times:
Opposition Leader Meets Burmese Official
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
In July, Rudy Giuliani swore he would never back Red Sox
Michelle Malkin:
Olbermann: MaglaGONG, MaglaGONG, MaglaGONG, nyah, nyah, nyah
Sharon Weinberger / Danger Room:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
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Anna Gorman / Los Angeles Times:
Six illegal immigrants arrested at Qualcomm
Faiz / Think Progress:
Cheney falls asleep during Cabinet meeting on wildfires.
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Wonkette:
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G'Kar / Obsidian Wings:
Real Support  —  A brief post, as I'm not somewhere …
Lambert / Corrente:
Could Steny Hoyer Have Seen The Light On Restoring Constitutional Government?
Haaretz:
Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Time for the Bundesmacht