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3:18 AM ET, October 27, 2007


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Tnrstaff / The Plank:
A Scott Beauchamp Update  —  Since our last statement on "Shock Troops," a Diarist by Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp that we published in our July 23 issue, we have continued our investigation into the article's veracity.  On Wednesday, for a brief period, The Drudge Report posted several documents …
CNN Political Ticker:
FEMA under fire for 'faking' news conference  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House scolded the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday for staging a phony news conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California.  —  The agency — much maligned for its sluggish response …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: A look behind FEMA's fake newser  —  From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell  —  On Tuesday, FEMA held what was called a "news briefing" on the California fires, but the questions asked did not come from reporters.  They were asked instead by FEMA staffers.
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: First Draft
Brenda Goodman / New York Times:
Georgia Court Orders Man Freed in Sex Case  —  The Georgia Supreme Court today ended the 10-year prison sentence of a man who was convicted in 2003 of having consensual oral sex with another teenager.  The court said the harsh sentence violated the Constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
John Edwards for President:
Edwards Introduces Bold Proposals For Restoring Corporate Responsibility And Strengthening Retirement Security For The Middle Class And Working Families  —  As part of seven-day "Stand Strong" campaign, Edwards calls for updating the social compact with hard-working Americans to protect them from abuse by corporations
Discussion: Punditry
USS Cole bomber released from jail  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen's release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. soldiers.  —  "We are dismayed and deeply disappointed in the government of Yemen's decision …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Andrew /
Some cool graphs of rich states and poor states  —  I'll take advantage of Paul Krugman's recent link to our paper on income and voting by putting up some cool scatterplots that we made recently.  It started with our maps of which states Bush and Kerry would've won if only the votes of the poor, middle-income, and rich were counted:
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Mitt-Brownback spat carries on  —  Sam Brownback may be out of the race, but his very public dangling of an endorsement for Rudy is angering at least one prominent Romney backer.  To set the stage: These two camps, Brownback and Romney, are not fond of each other and did battle …
Discussion: MyDD
Tony Barber / Financial Times:
Putin invokes Cuban missile crisis  —  Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, on Friday compared US plans to build a missile defence shield near Russia's borders to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.  —  Mr Putin quickly qualified his remarks …
Discussion: On Deadline
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GOP LUNACY....Ron Brownstein looks at the ongoing Republican interest group panderfest from a slightly different angle: … Every two years the losing party has this exact same conversation: (a) move to the center to appeal more to swing voters, or (b) move left (right) in order to stay true …
Robert Reich / Salon:
Why Democrats are afraid to raise taxes on the rich  —  New data from the Internal Revenue Service show that income inequality continues to widen.  The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans earn more than 21 percent of all income.  That's a postwar record.  The bottom 50 percent of all Americans …
Sam Boyd / American Prospect:
INHOFE NOT OK.  —  Reading about yet another terrible stand taken by Senator James "global warming is the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state" Inhofe (leading the fight against the law of the sea), I wondered if there was much chance …
Discussion: Gristmill
Roosevelt Room / White House:
President Bush Discusses Appropriations  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  I went out to California yesterday to meet with families affected by the wildfires, and to thank the state and local officials for their outstanding work in this difficult time.  While I was there I saw the terrible destruction and heartbreaking loss.
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