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4:40 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.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
More 'phony soldiers' speak out against Iraq policy
Discussion: Think Progress
Gateway Pundit:
More Twisted Journalism- WaPo Misses the Facts in Their Report On Iraq
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Wake up America
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Beauchamp's Unit- More Shoddy Journamalism and the Citizen Journalist Response!
Discussion: The Impolitic
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.
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Wake up America
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. …
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
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 …
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, Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
Richard S. Lowry / Op For:
What goes around - Comes around  —  Unfortunately, most Americans do not consider Iraqis as people.  We see them as terrorists or victims, not as everyday people with the same values as our friends, neighbors and relatives.  Yet, most Iraqis are decent human beings with the same concerns, dreams, and compassion as most Americans.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ron Paul's campaign paid conspiracy nut Alex Jones $1,300?  —  You can thank Beth of MVRWC for digging this up.  So it seems now we've got money moving in both directions between America's Greatest Patriot and this bottom-feeding Truther jackass: a $2,300 donation from Jones to Paul …
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell marks funds for contractor  —  FIRM UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR BRIBERY  —  JCHEVES@HERALD-LEADER.COM  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing $25 million in earmarked federal funds for a British defense contractor that is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Progress on Surveillance  —  A bipartisan Senate bill on monitoring foreign communications
Discussion: TalkLeft
Undiagnosed brain injury - the hidden legacy of Iraq
J.P. Emanuel / Jeff Emanuel:
Does independent journalism from Iraq really make a difference?
Discussion: Redstate
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
Dean lashes out at GOP over health plan
Discussion: First Draft and Central Sanity
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Muslim prisoners sue for millions after they were offered ham sandwiches for Ramadan
Discussion: Hot Air
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