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12:20 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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
FEMA's Death Wish  —  After Katrina, FEMA has suffered under tremendous scrutiny, with some wondering whether it should get entirely disbanded and another agency formed to replace it.  Its next disaster response would tell whether FEMA could survive — and it seems to have met the test …
Discussion: The Corner and QandO
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
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.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US to order diplomats to serve in Iraq
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM) and Preemptive Karma
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 …
ConservativeHome com / ConservativeHome's ToryDiary:
There are eleven times more 'liberals' at the BBC than 'conservatives'
Discussion: Biased BBC
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. …
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 …
Discussion: BitsBlog and The Next Hurrah
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser  —  This week,'s political/gossip blogger Mickey Kaus wrote: … In just 21 words, Kaus managed to elevate the topics he speculates wildly about to the level of the most famous case of presidential wrongdoing in U.S. history, and to equate his …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Robert Reich / Salon:
Why Democrats are afraid to raise taxes on the rich  —  New data from the Internal Revenue Service show that income inequality continues to widen.  The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans earn more than 21 percent of all income.  That's a postwar record.  The bottom 50 percent of all Americans …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Democrats Plan a Shorter Workweek  —  Shortly after winning a majority last year, Democrats triumphantly declared that they would put Congress back to work, promising an "end to the two-day workweek."  And indeed, the House has clocked more time in Washington this year than in any other session since 1995 …
Obama Explains Why He's the Best Candidate for LGBT Americans  —  When the Obama campaign announced that Donnie McClurkin would be among the featured singers on the presidential candidate's gospel tour in South Carolina this weekend, it inadvertently ventured into the void between African-American Christians and gays and lesbians.
Donald Rumsfeld charged with torture during trip to France  —  Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got an unpleasant surprise during his visit to France today when human rights groups filed a complaint with the Paris Prosecutor before the "Court of First Instance" (Tribunal de Grande Instance) …
USS Cole bomber released from jail  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen's release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. soldiers.  —  "We are dismayed and deeply disappointed in the government of Yemen's decision …
Associated Press:
Yemen Frees USS Cole Bomb Plotter
Discussion: Right Voices
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Mitt-Brownback spat carries on  —  Sam Brownback may be out of the race, but his very public dangling of an endorsement for Rudy is angering at least one prominent Romney backer.  To set the stage: These two camps, Brownback and Romney, are not fond of each other and did battle …
Discussion: CNA Daily News and National Review
Greg Sargent / Election Central:
Bopp, Top Social Conservative Supporter Of Romney, Lashes …
Discussion: MyDD
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David Briggs / Cleveland Metro News:
New Cleveland imam hopes to ease Muslim-Jewish relations
Richard Alleyne / Telegraph:
Man who had sex with bike in court
Discussion: Slog and Bookworm Room
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama fundraiser defects to Clinton
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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
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Editor and Publisher:
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Niall Firth / Daily Mail:
Human race will 'split into two different species'
Hugo Restall / Opinion Journal:
All the Tobacco in China  —  Taking up the habit of rulers and the common man.
Discussion: Armavirumque and L.A. Times
Tony Barber / Financial Times:
Putin invokes Cuban missile crisis
Kelly Zito / San Francisco Chronicle:
Billions in housing wealth at risk as foreclosures soar