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3:30 PM ET, October 27, 2007


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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
'I Don't Think This Place Is Worth Another Soldier's Life'  —  BAGHDAD, Oct. 26 Their line of tan Humvees and Bradley Fighting Vehicles creeps through another Baghdad afternoon.  At this pace, an excruciating slowness, they strain to see everything, hoping the next manhole cover, the next rusted barrel, does not hide another bomb.
Gateway Pundit:
More Twisted Journalism- WaPo Misses the Facts in Their Report On Iraq  —  (This post was updated after reading this morning's Washington Post article.)  —  The Washington Post has their version of Iraq:  —  "I Don't Think This Place Is Worth Another Soldier's Life"
Discussion: Wake up America
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
More 'phony soldiers' speak out against Iraq policy
Discussion: Think Progress
Military Times HOME:
Words spoken in funeral flag-folding draw flap  —  RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Flag-folding recitations by Memorial Honor Detail volunteers are now banned at the nation's 125 veterans graveyards because of a complaint about the ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery.
Michelle Malkin:
Flag-folding recitations now banned at national cemeteries  —  I'm getting a lot of e-mail about this maddening story in the Military Times about flag-folding recitals being banned at military funerals in national cemeteries: … Here's the banned recital:  —  Flag folds
Discussion: Wake up America
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
FEMA Official Apologizes for Staged Briefing With Fake Reporters  —  The Federal Emergency Management Agency's No. 2 official apologized yesterday for leading a staged news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees posed as reporters while real reporters listened on a telephone conference line and were barred from asking questions.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Malkin & Co. target Soros, hit Bush pioneers  —  The St. Petersburg Times reported this week that WellCare Health Plans, a Florida-based company that provides managed-care plans for millions of Medicare and Medicaid participants, has come under federal investigation.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and skimble
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
State Dept. To Order Diplomats To Iraq  —  As Many as 50 Positions Are Expected to Be Open  —  The State Department will order as many as 50 U.S. diplomats to take posts in Iraq next year because of expected shortfalls in filling openings there, the first such large-scale forced assignment since the Vietnam War.
Jerusalem Post:
Rice confers with Carter and Clinton
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Power Line
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US to order diplomats to serve in Iraq
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Preemptive Karma
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Hire Carla Babb!  (Fire John Edwards)  —  Does the John Edwards campaign have a death wish?  To the litany which includes the 28,000 square foot home, his job with a hedge fund (to learn about poverty!) and the $400 haircuts we can now add a story about the decision by the Edwards campaign …
Discussion: Fox News, Stubborn Facts and Don Surber
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Student Paper Upsets the Edwards Camp  —  In this rough-and-tumble campaign season, the major presidential campaigns have sought to leave no charge unanswered from wherever it may come.  Even, it now seems, if the fight takes them into the realm of student journalism.
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
Dutch lawmakers offended by Rep. Lantos  —  WASHINGTON - Dutch lawmakers who visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week said they were offended by a testy exchange in Washington with a senior congressional Democrat.  —  The lawmakers said that Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif. …
New York Times:
Obama Promises a Forceful Stand Against Clinton  —  Senator Barack Obama said he would start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more forcefully, asserting Friday that she had not been candid in describing her views on critical issues, as he tries to address mounting alarm among supporters …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Eunomia
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama fundraiser defects to Clinton
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
D'Oh: House Panel Screw-Up Reveals Whistleblower Email Addresses  —  Here's a whoops with a capital W.  —  This summer the House Judiciary Committee launched an effort to collect tips from would-be whistleblowers in the Justice Department.  The U.S. attorney firings scandal had shown …
The Brussels Journal:
Are We All Nazis Now?  —  One of the greatest injustices to the victims of racism, and in particular the holocaust, is the trivialization of it.  One does not have to agree with the Dutch "Islamophobic" anti-immigration politicians Geert Wilders or Rita Verdonk, but what kind of person writes something like …
Daily Mail:
Facebook reveals the BBC as a liberal hotbed  —  The BBC has frequently been accused of having a liberal bias.  —  But now the corporation's own staff appear to have confirmed this by revealing their political views on the networking website Facebook.  —  A survey of BBC employees …
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Strategies for Conservatives on the Web
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
From CIA Jails, Inmates Fade Into Obscurity  —  Dozens of 'Ghost Prisoners' Not Publicly Accounted For  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — On Sept. 6, 2006, President Bush announced that the CIA's overseas secret prisons had been temporarily emptied and 14 al-Qaeda leaders taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Booman Tribune
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Discussion: Redstate
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Discussion: First Draft and Central Sanity
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Mark Lasswell / Opinion Journal:
Lone Survivor  —  On Monday Lt. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded …
Clif / Outside The Tent:
N-Pod-Tism  —  Frankly we wouldn't normally give a damn who's …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Paul Sims / Daily Mail:
Muslim prisoners sue for millions after they were offered ham sandwiches for Ramadan
Discussion: Hot Air
Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: The Sideshow
Robert Reich / Salon:
Why Democrats are afraid to raise taxes on the rich
Obama Explains Why He's the Best Candidate for LGBT Americans
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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