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2:30 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.
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
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
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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!
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Levels Sanctions Against Iran Military Unit  —  The Bush administration announced a long-debated policy of new sanctions against Iran today, accusing the elite Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of supporting terrorism.  —  The administration also accused …
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 …
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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Iowa Dems to set Jan. 3 caucus date  —  The Iowa Democratic Party Central Committee will vote Sunday night on a plan to move the Iowa Democratic caucuses to Jan. 3, the same day as the Republican caucuses.  —  Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan will recommend the move …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
It's looking like Jan. 3 for Dems in Iowa
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
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
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: Death and Tim Blair
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.
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
Educated Women Climb Aboard  —  An irony of Hillary Rodham Clinton's political career is that the women who resemble her most have often appeared to support her the least.  —  From her first New York Senate race in 2000 to her presidential campaign this year, Clinton has connected effectively with blue-collar and working-class women.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and BartBlog
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John Feehery / The Hill:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The Ron Paul Wars
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Could Steny Hoyer Have Seen The Light On Restoring Constitutional Government?
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Michael Rubin / The Corner:
Academic Freedom?  —  Yesterday, the University of Delaware …
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The Atlantic Online:
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Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
John McCain and the GOP: Trapped in the 1960s
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Obama Asked about Obama-Gore '08 Ticket
Frank James / The Swamp:
Cheney catches some zzzs while California burns
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Post:
Lott Waits for Clinton's Apology and Gets One
Discussion: Political Punch
New York Post:
Discussion: The Corner