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7:55 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.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Beauchamp's Unit- More Shoddy Journamalism and the Citizen Journalist Response!  —  The Washington Post has a piece on Scott Beauchamp's unit in Iraq, and it didn't take me long to realize this is just another liberal hit piece designed to subvert our will, coughed up in the middle …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Gateway Pundit:
More Twisted Journalism- WaPo Misses the Facts in Their Report On Iraq
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Wake up America
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
More 'phony soldiers' speak out against Iraq policy
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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 Cliff Schecter
New York Times:
Yet Another Photo of Site in Syria, Yet More Questions  —  The mystery surrounding the construction of what might have been a nuclear reactor in Syria deepened yesterday, when a company released a satellite photo showing that the main building was well under way in September 2003 — four years before Israeli jets bombed it.
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
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 …
D. Aristophanes / Sadly, No!:
BREAKING: Eliminationism in Crisis
New York Times:
Obama Promises a Forceful Stand Against Clinton  —  Senator Barack Obama said he would start confronting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more forcefully, declaring Friday that she had not been candid in describing her views on critical issues, as he tries to address mounting alarm among supporters …
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.
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
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.
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. …
David Greenberg / Washington Post:
Rudy a Lefty?  Yeah, Right.  —  You wouldn't know it from reading the papers, but the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination is a confirmed right-winger.  On issues such as free speech and religion, secrecy and due process, civil rights and civil liberties, pornography and democracy …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Cliff Schecter
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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Discussion: Daily Kos
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
Guantanamo military lawyer breaks ranks to condemn 'unconscionable' detention
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Hampshire Republican Primary
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Fred Hiatt's concern over "costly litigation" for AT&T and Verizon
Undiagnosed brain injury - the hidden legacy of Iraq
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Ron Paul's campaign paid conspiracy nut Alex Jones $1,300?
J.P. Emanuel / Jeff Emanuel:
Does independent journalism from Iraq really make a difference?
Discussion: Redstate
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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