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4:50 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."
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Little Green Footballs:
TNR Breaks Silence, Says Nothing, Blames Army  —  At New Republic "blog" The Plank, the editors have issued another non-statement about the ridiculously false stories of Scott Beauchamp: A Scott Beauchamp Update.  —  There's nothing new here; it's the same line they've been using for months …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Confederate Yankee:   The Never-Ending Story  —  Franklin Foer, Peter Scoblic …
Bryan / Hot Air:
TNR: Beauchamp called us without the Army goons around and stood by everything
Discussion: The American Mind and The Corner
Michelle Malkin:
Beauchamp alert: The New Republic comes out from under its desk
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Blogs for Bush
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: MSNBC and Shakespeare's Sister
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:
Court orders Wilson freed 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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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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Cosmo / New Hampshire Presidential Watch:
Paul Mails 12-Page Pamphlet To Granite State Republicans  —  A day after a new Granite State poll shows Ron Paul beating Fred Thompson, "New Hampshire Presidential Watch" has received a copy of the new pamphlet that Texas Congressman Ron Paul campaign is sending out to all Republicans in the state.
Discussion: MSNBC
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Comedy Central serious about Colbert run  —  Joke or not, Comedy Central is taking Stephen Colbert's presidential candidacy — or, at least the legal implications of it — very seriously.  —  The network has consulted a top Washington election law firm and appears keenly aware …
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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 …
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.
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
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Sen. Webb On Hardball: "The Cheney element of the administration is well represented in the United States Senate"  —  Play (799) (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
Satyam / Think Progress:
Right Wing Enraged: Laura Bush Is A 'Butt-Kisser' For Wearing Headscarf In Mideast  —  When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wore a headscarf while visiting the Umayyad mosque in Damascus in April, the right wing pounced on her, attacking her as "subservient" and calling the act "disgust[ing]."
 
 
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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
The Case Against Mukasey  —  He might look like a welcome change …
Elisabeth Malkin / New York Times:
Mexicans Miss Money From Relatives Up North
Washington Wire:
Edwards Gets Tough on Business
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Senate Goes 7 On Internet Tax Ban
Discussion: Reuters and Fred File
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Schmuckabee?  —  The American Spectator parts from the emerging CW:
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
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The Atlantic Online:
Scratching the Bottom  —  Sometimes I wonder, can the Washington …
Sen. Tom Coburn / The Hill:
Coburn objects to earmarks irrespective of partisanship
Martha Raffaele / Associated Press:
Pa. Won't Release List of Polling Places
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
House subpoenaed in Doolittle probe
Discussion: Think Progress and The Blotter
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
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox Orders Halt to McCain Ad