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12:15 PM 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!  —  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: 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.
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
Bill Schneider / CNN:
Analysis: Obama must show he's ready to rumble  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst  —  (CNN) — What can Sen. Barack Obama do to turn the Democratic campaign around?  He has to try a different kind of campaign.  —  No more Mr. Nice Guy.  —  When the senator from Illinois got into the presidential race …
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Coleman becomes an Obama supporter
Discussion: MSNBC
Court frees teen in controversial 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 was convicted in 2005 …
Daniel Yee / Associated Press:
Ga court: Release man jailed in sex case
Discussion: ACSBlog
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.
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
NH primary: Room to breathe?  —  CONCORD - Secretary of State William Gardner said yesterday that key developments in Iowa and Michigan this week could clear the way for New Hampshire to hold its first-in-the-nation presidential primary in early January, rather than December.
Discussion: The Caucus and Boston Globe
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Iowa Democrats Recommend Jan. 3 for the State's Caucuses
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Outsourced Brain  —  The gurus seek bliss amidst mountaintop solitude and serenity in the meditative trance, but I, grasshopper, have achieved the oneness with the universe that is known as pure externalization.  —  I have melded my mind with the heavens, communed with the universal consciousness …
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 (372) (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: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog
T. Christian Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Officials balked on '05 Blackwater inquiry  —  State Department e-mails obtained by ABC News discuss how to deflect a Times reporter's questions about a civilian shooting death.  —  Even as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended her department's oversight of private security contractors …
Discussion: The Blotter
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 …
Discussion: The Newshoggers and On Deadline
Sitemaster / SIOE Stop Islamisation Of Europe:
UPDATE on the Copenhagen demonstration: MURDER ATTEMPT ON SIOE/SIAD DENMARK LEADER AND MEMBERS  —  SIOE Denmark is only coming with a report now on the murder attempt and the demonstration in Copenhagen.  There was a need for recover but also because the main stream medias …
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Rick Hasen / Election Law:
Rasmussen Reports:
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Bucking a trend  —  Some rare good news for Republicans in the shape of a governor
Discussion: National Review
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Mainstream Blogs Open Floodgates for Political Coverage
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Is Hillary running away with the race?
Discussion: The Opinionator
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Opinion Journal:
Trillion-Dollar Baby  —  Charlie Rangel's very revealing tax increase.
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Hillary turns 60 with a bash
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