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6:40 PM ET, October 26, 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 …
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Bryan / Hot Air:
TNR: Beauchamp called us without the Army goons around and stood by everything  —  The rehabilitation of Scott Thomas Beauchamp may have been premature.  —  We are now to believe that two weeks after Scott Thomas Beauchamp issued the Mother of All No Comments to his editors at The New Republic on tape …
Discussion: Death, The American Mind and The Corner
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Apocalypse No  —  The New Republic's editors seem to have mistaken Vietnam movies for real life.  —  "I love chicks that have been intimate with IED's," he announced to his fellow soldiers sitting in the chow tent in Camp Falcon in Baghdad.  "It really turns me on—melted skin, missing limbs, plastic noses."
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Little Green Footballs:
TNR Breaks Silence, Says Nothing, Blames Army
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . . FEMA  —  FEMA has truly learned the lessons of Katrina.  Even its handling of the media has improved dramatically.  For example, as the California wildfires raged Tuesday, Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the deputy administrator, had a 1 p.m. news briefing.
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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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FEMA's fake 'news conference'  —  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. … "It is not a practice that we would employ …
Discussion: Daily. Gay. News.
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Discussion: Washington Wire and First Draft
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Internal Dem memo faults party message  —  Democrats are losing the battle for voters' hearts because the party's message lacks emotional appeal, according to a widely circulated critique of House Democratic communications strategy.  —  "Our message sounds like an audit report on defense logistics …
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Michelle Malkin:
New Democrat strategy: We must stimulate the amygdalae!  —  This is high-larious.  The Hill reports on an internal Democrat strategy memo complaining that the Democrat Party is too hyper-rational and lacks emotional appeal.  —  For real.  They think "SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILLLLLDREN!" is too bland and accountant-like:
Discussion: Death, Associated Press and CNN
CNN:
Wilson freed in teen sex case  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Genarlow Wilson was released from prison Friday, after spending more than two years behind bars for a teen sex conviction.  —  The Georgia Supreme Court earlier Friday ordered that he be released, ruling 4-3 that his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Genarlow Wilson released
Discussion: The Plank
Andrew / stat.columbia.edu:
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:
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Henry / Crooked Timber:   Rich state, poor state
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Fox News Tells McCain Not To Use Fox Footage On Web Site — But Lets Rudy (And Romney) Use It  —  What on earth is going on between Fox News and John McCain?  —  Yesterday, Fox News lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to John McCain's campaign, demanding that he halt use of a new ad …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox Orders Halt to McCain Ad
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Patriots Stand Up  —  Sen. Chris Dodd gave a great statement on the floor of the Senate this morning.  You can watch video here on his Senate website.  I asked for a written copy of the remarks, because there wasn't a transcript available, and am reprinting them here with permission because I've had several e-mails asking for this.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The New Right-Wing Smear Machine  —  On February 27, 2001, two members of the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of women who've lost sons or daughters in combat, dropped by the temporary basement offices of the new junior senator from New York, Hillary Clinton.
Martha Raffaele / Associated Press:
Pa. Won't Release List of Polling Places  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State officials have decided not to publicize their list of polling places in Pennsylvania, citing concerns that terrorists could disrupt elections in the commonwealth.  —  The Department of State was influenced …
Scott Paul / The Washington Note:
Flip-Flop Alert: Senators Suddenly on the Fence  —  Sens. John Sununu, Norm Coleman, and George Voinovich all voted for the Law of the Sea in 2004.  According to sources in the Senate, all are now reconsidering their votes under heavy pressure from the likes of John Bolton, Frank Gaffney …
LiveLeak.com:
Bill Clinton Takes On 9/11 Conspiracy Protesters  —  Bill Clinton addressed a crowd in Minneapolis, Minnesota at a fundraiser for his wife's campaign on Tuesday.  —  Clinton's 50-minute speech, which started about an hour behind schedule, was derailed briefly by several hecklers in the audience …
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
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Associated Press:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
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Washington Wire:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
In The Valley Of Ennui  —  Hollywood came under criticism since 9/11 …
Don Surber:
NYT for sale?  —  Forbes magazine is speculating that the BDS Times may be on the block.
Discussion: Forbes
The Atlantic Online:
Scratching the Bottom  —  Sometimes I wonder, can the Washington …
Sitemaster / SIOE Stop Islamisation Of Europe:
UPDATE on the Copenhagen demonstration: MURDER ATTEMPT ON SIOE …
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Webb On Hardball: "The Cheney element of the administration …