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1:35 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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Yon: Beauchamp's Honor
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Foer Still Spinning
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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Little Green Footballs:
McClatchy Reporter Calvan Created His Own Reality  —  Let's revisit Bobby Caina Calvin's blog for a few minutes, because even though he's now pulled the entire thing offline, what it revealed about mainstream media reporting from Iraq is actually quite important.
Discussion: McClatchy Watch
Docweasel / docweaselblog:
Bobby Calvan does the impossible: Unites the entire internet …
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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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bomb Iran? U.S. Requests Bunker-Buster Bombs
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 …
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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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New York Post:
INSIDE THE MOB PLOT TO KILL RUDY
Discussion: USA Today, News Hounds and MSNBC
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Giuliani Questioned on Torture
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Concurring Opinions
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.
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Kris Hundley / St. Petersburg Times:
FBI raid shutters Medicare insurer
Discussion: Health Blog
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: Tim Blair
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Andrew Fell / Weasel Zippers:
Ted Rall: Death of US Soldiers Raises IQ at Home...
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC and Wonkette
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The Washington Post / The Trail:
Biden Says He's Best Prepared, Stumbles When Talking on Schools
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and TIME
Washington Post:
Lott Waits for Clinton's Apology and Gets One  —  It's a good thing she apologized, because Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was fixin' to give Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) a piece of his mind.  —  Lott was on the cusp of issuing a serious condemnation of the Democratic presidential front-runner …
Discussion: Political Punch
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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.
DefenseLINK:
Presenter: Director of Operational Planning, Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock  —  DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Sherlock from the Pentagon  —  GEN. SHERLOCK: Good afternoon.  Thanks for having me here today.  I have just a couple of opening points, and then I'll be happy to take your questions.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Booman Tribune
The Atlantic Online:
The K-Drum Challenge  —  Kevin Drum wants to know what liberals are whining about exactly: … Here's the thing.  I can't guarantee that standing up against a corrupt, unpopular, and incompetent president's right to grant retroactive legal protections to large corporations for their complicity …
Haaretz:
Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel  —  Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said a few months ago in a series of closed discussions that in her opinion that Iranian nuclear weapons do not pose an existential threat to Israel, Haaretz magazine reveals in an article on Livni to be published Friday.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and TPMCafe blogs
 
 
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Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Academic Freedom?  —  Yesterday, the University of Delaware …
Associated Press:
House Democrats propose tax overhaul
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Jihadis Accuse al Jazeera of "Crusader" Bias
The Atlantic Online:
A Little Nuance  —  Perhaps this is just pointless hairsplitting …
Discussion: The Plank and Hullabaloo
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Reid readies for reelection
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
John McCain and the GOP: Trapped in the 1960s
 Earlier Items: 
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
October 25, 2007 - Florida Presidential Seesaw Lifts Giuliani …
Discussion: Washington Wire, MSNBC and TIME
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
New York Post:
STRESS MESS IN U.S.
Discussion: The Corner
New York Times:
Reports Suggest Broader Losses From Mortgages
Discussion: AMERICAblog
The Atlantic Online:
Musn't say the V-word  —  I read this sort of thing and I just do a slow burn.
Discussion: Ezra Klein