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11:10 AM ET, October 26, 2007


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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
New Democrat strategy: We must stimulate the amygdalae!
Discussion: CNN
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Panel to See Papers on Agency's Eavesdropping  —  The White House on Thursday offered to share secret documents on the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program with the Senate Judiciary Committee, a step toward possible compromise on eavesdropping legislation.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Bolten, Miers in Dems' contempt crosshairs
Discussion: The Swamp and Think Progress
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Democrats, the War and Shays's Rebellion  —  A poll released yesterday by the Associated Press made it official: Americans are more likely to believe in ghosts (34 percent) than to believe that President Bush is doing a good job with the war in Iraq (29 percent).
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
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.
Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Coleman becomes an Obama supporter  —  Despite phone calls from both Clintons — Bill and Hillary — Mayor Michael B. Coleman will endorse Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination at an Obama campaign rally today in Columbus.  —  Comparing Obama to two Democratic icons …
Discussion: MSNBC
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Majority Of Dems Back Clinton
Discussion: Open Left and
The Corner:
Lennonism at Bloomies  —  Bloomingdale's is advertising jewelry with a political message.  A necklace by designer Georgianna Koulianos is fashioned to look like military dog tags.  But the tags read "Imagine" "Peace" and "Love."  —  So trendy ladies in Chevy Chase and Manhattan are going to wear …
Discussion: Say Anything and alicublog
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Webb On Hardball: "The Cheney element of the administration is well represented in the United States Senate"  —  Play (83) (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: AMERICAblog
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox Orders Halt to McCain Ad  —  Fox News Channel confirms that it has ordered the campaign of Senator John McCain to cancel its new ad featuring a clip of him at last Sunday's debate, which was sponsored by Fox News.  The news network prohibits candidates from using debate clips in their political advertisements.
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Is Hillary running away with the race?  —  I was chatting with pollster Mark Penn on the phone Tuesday evening about the ubiquitous national horse-race numbers, when Penn, Hillary Clinton's top strategist, suddenly announced, "Hey, there's another one."  The latest Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times Poll …
Discussion: The Opinionator
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
US Senate OKs 7-year Internet tax ban extension  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate has approved legislation extending a moratorium on state Internet access taxes for seven years.  —  With only days left before the Internet tax ban was set to expire, the Senate reached …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Glenn Thrush / Newsday:
Hillary turns 60 with a bash  —  The key numbers from Hillary Rodham Clinton's birthday extravaganza Thursday night were 60 — her age — and $1.5 million, the approximate amount of cash she raked in thanks to Elvis Costello and Billy Crystal.  —  The Clintons have always blurred the lines between personal …
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.
Real Clear Politics:
Relax, Republicans, It's a Fine Field  —  Major grumbling among conservatives about the Republican field.  So many candidates, so many flaws.  Rudy Giuliani, abortion apostate.  Mitt Romney, flip-flopper.  John McCain, Mr. Amnesty.  Fred Thompson, lazy boy.  Where is the paragon?
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Catastrophe Foretold  —  "Increased subprime lending …
Samuel Loewenberg / The Politico:
Immigration laws dry up farming work force
Discussion: The Corner
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC's Copps Calls for News Corp.-Wall Street Journal Inquiry
Discussion: TVNewser
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Mainstream Blogs Open Floodgates for Political Coverage
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Flush With New Millions, Underdog Vies to Compete
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / Washington Post:
Giuliani's Policy Professor
Discussion: MSNBC
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Outsourced Brain  —  The gurus seek bliss amidst mountaintop …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Brian Beutler
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Aircraft sat as wildfires took hold
Opinion Journal:
Trillion-Dollar Baby  —  Charlie Rangel's very revealing tax increase.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
A No-Nonsense Style Honed as Advocate
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Passes Revised Children's Health Bill, but Timing Irks GOP
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Strike on Iran Would Roil Oil Markets, Experts Say
Christian Toto / Washington Times:
Audiences reject Iraq war at box office
James Kanter / International Herald Tribune:
UN issues 'final wake-up call' on population and environment
Discussion: TigerHawk and Daily Pundit