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2:55 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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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."
Michelle Malkin:
Beauchamp alert: The New Republic comes out from under its desk
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Corner
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
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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Matt / Think Progress:
FEMA Stages Press Conference: Staff Pose As Journalists And Ask 'Softball' Questions
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
CNN:
Court frees Wilson in teen sex case  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday ordered that Genarlow Wilson be released from prison, ruling 4-3 that his sentence for a teen sex conviction was cruel and unusual punishment.  —  Wilson, 21, was convicted in 2005 …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Supreme Court freeing Genarlow Wilson  —  The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson, the Douglas County teenager who has been serving a controversial 10-year sentence for consensual oral sex.  —  The court's 4-3 decision upholds a Monroe County judge's ruling …
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David Espo / Associated Press:
Bush says he'll veto health bill again
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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.
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.
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dodd.senate.gov:
Dodd Speaks About FISA Hold on Floor of U.S. Senate
Discussion: Firedoglake and Democrats.com
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
In The Valley Of Ennui  —  Hollywood came under criticism since 9/11 for ignoring the war on terror, going out of its way to avoid making films that tell stories of American fortitude.  With a few exceptions like United 93 and World Trade Center , the cinema remained devoid of any meaningful representation of the war.
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Christian Toto / Washington Times:
Audiences reject Iraq war at box office
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Webb On Hardball: "The Cheney element of the administration is well represented in the United States Senate"  —  Play (637) (thanks to Heather for vids)  —  On Thursday's Hardball Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) talked with Chris Matthews about the strong push from Dick Cheney and some members of the Senate …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AMERICAblog
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
Another Man From Hope  —  Who is Mike Huckabee?  —  Republicans have won five of the last seven presidential elections by running candidates who broadly fit the Ronald Reagan model—fiscally conservative, and firmly but not harshly conservative on social issues.
Phil Nugent / The Phil Nugent Experience:
Andy Sipowicz Goes to Washington  —  The news that John Gotti tried, back in the 1980s, to persuade his fellow organized-crime CEOs to sign off on having Rudy Giuliani killed may be Giuliani's equivalent of the videotape that Osama bin Laden released in time to swing the 2004 presidential election for Bush.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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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Ismail Khan / New York Times:
Battle at Pakistan Cleric's Stronghold
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 …
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MIL-PAKISTAN-SAWAT-OPERATION  —  Pakistani forces launch offensive …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Martha Raffaele / Associated Press:
Pa. Won't Release List of Polling Places
Sitemaster / SIOE Stop Islamisation Of Europe:
UPDATE on the Copenhagen demonstration: MURDER ATTEMPT ON SIOE …
T. Christian Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Officials balked on '05 Blackwater inquiry
Discussion: The Blotter
Economist:
Bucking a trend  —  Some rare good news for Republicans in the shape of a governor
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Mainstream Blogs Open Floodgates for Political Coverage
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Democrats, the War and Shays's Rebellion
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Is Hillary running away with the race?
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox Orders Halt to McCain Ad
Real Clear Politics:
Relax, Republicans, It's a Fine Field
The Corner:
Lennonism at Bloomies  —  Bloomingdale's is advertising jewelry with a political message.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Strike on Iran Would Roil Oil Markets, Experts Say