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10:10 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 …
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."
Bryan / Hot Air:
TNR: Beauchamp called us without the Army goons around and stood by everything
Discussion: Death, The American Mind and The Corner
Confederate Yankee:
The Never-Ending Story  —  Franklin Foer, Peter Scoblic …
Discussion: docweaselblog
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.
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
Matt / Think Progress:
FEMA Stages Press Conference: Staff Pose As Journalists And Ask 'Softball' Questions
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Mike Carney / On Deadline:   Homeland Security slams FEMA for staging fake wildfire news conference
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:
Henry / Crooked Timber:   Rich state, poor state
Freed Wilson's next ambition — to succeed  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Genarlow Wilson was released from prison Friday, after spending more than two years behind bars for a teen sex conviction.  —  "At times I dealt with adversity ... my family and myself, we finally get to deal with happiness now …
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
Washington Wire:
Edwards Gets Tough on Business  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  John Edwards s targeting Corporate America and what he argues are its corrupt and greedy practices.  In a speech today in Des Moines, Iowa, he is outlining his plan to renew the "social contract" between business and government if elected president.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: The Huffington Post
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Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Army to review Iraq contracts for fraud
'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Oct. 25
Robert Reich / Salon:
Why Democrats are afraid to raise taxes on the rich
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
I'm Important!  —  So Ben Craw and I just got back from the final …
Kelly Zito / San Francisco Chronicle:
Billions in housing wealth at risk as foreclosures soar
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Roosevelt Room / White House:
President Bush Discusses Appropriations
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Fox News Tells McCain Not To Use Fox Footage On Web Site …
The Atlantic Online:
Taking Ron Paul Seriously In New Hampshire
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Laura McGann / TPMmuckraker:
Stevens' Lawyer Makes List of Most Powerful DC Lawyers
Associated Press:
Uproar Over Obama's Gospel Tour Continues
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Comedy Central serious about Colbert run
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Mexicans Miss Money From Relatives Up North
Scott Paul / The Washington Note:
Flip-Flop Alert: Senators Suddenly on the Fence
Phil Nugent / The Phil Nugent Experience:
Andy Sipowicz Goes to Washington
Don Surber:
NYT for sale?  —  Forbes magazine is speculating that the BDS Times may be on the block.
Discussion: BitsBlog and Forbes