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2:10 PM ET, October 28, 2007


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Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Colbert campaigns in S.C.; Edwards camp attacks Doritos link  —  COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — Comedian Stephen Colbert brought his mock presidential campaign to the capital of South Carolina Sunday, where he was declared "favorite son" by the mayor of Columbia and given the key to the city.
Bennett Roth / Houston Chronicle:
Ron Paul's campaign takes to the airwaves  —  Maverick boosts pursuit of votes in early primaries  —  WASHINGTON — Hoping to defy more expectations, Rep. Ron Paul is ratcheting up his maverick Republican presidential campaign by launching TV and radio commercials in early primary states …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Two-Man Race  —  Only Rudy and Mitt have credible scenarios.  —  Ron Paul has been a striking presence in the Republican presidential debates.  One result is he's raised an unimaginable amount of money—$5.1 million in the third quarter—for an obscure congressman from Texas.
Hugh Hewitt / Blog's TownHall Blog:
The GOP's Two Man Race: Giuliani Or Romney Will Be The Nominee  —  Fred Barnes has a piece on the real GOP race in the Weekly Standard.  —  On Friday's show, Fred, Morton Kondracke and I kicked around the realities of the Republican presidential contest.  (Transcript here.  Audio here.)
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
A bizarre, unsolicited email from Gen. Petraeus' spokesman  —  I received this morning an unsolicited email from Col. Steven A. Boylan, the Public Affairs Officer and personal spokesman for Gen. David G. Petraeus.  The subject line of the email — which I am publishing in full, unedited form here …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Corrente and Mercury Rising
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fox heralds Bush as a World Series 'hero.'  —  Last night, Fox aired a montage prior its airing of the Red Sox/Rockies game that celebrated great moments in World Series history.  "The story of the World Series is told in seven chapters," the narrator said, "each with their old tale, each with their own hero.
Sheiks kidnapped after reconciliation meetings  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Gunmen kidnapped 10 tribal sheiks in Baghdad as the men were heading home Sunday after meetings with Iraqi officials on the nation's contentious reconciliation process, an Interior Ministry official said.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jules Crittenden:
Truman Lied, Aliens Died  —  Richardson, pressed on his UFO affairs stance, vows honest, open government: … Americans need to know where Obama and Edwards stand on this.  Hillary ... well, she's part of it.  Can't trust her.  I think Kucinich might be in on it, too.
Tracy Connor / NY Daily News:
Newser's book: Ford saw Clinton as a sex 'addict'  —  Gerald Ford was disturbed by Bill Clinton's skirt-chasing ways - and thought he should check into a sex addiction clinic.  —  A new book on the late 38th President reveals he had strong views about the Clintons: He thought Hillary wore …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Walking Into Iran's Trap  —  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Is the United States going to war with Iran?  That's what a Lebanese businessman here wants to know from a visiting American.  If it's war, he doesn't want to make a big new investment in the region.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
W.M.D. in Iran?  Q.E.D.  —  TIM RUSSERT: Mr. Vice President, welcome to "Meet the Press."  —  VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: Good morning, Tim.  —  RUSSERT: How close are we to war with Iran?  —  CHENEY: Well, I think we are in the final stages of diplomacy, obviously.
Discussion: and Death
ConservativeHome com / ConservativeHome's ToryDiary:
You couldn't make it up  —  Today's Sunday Times: … Conservative Universities spokesman David Willetts, who uncovered this fact, commented: … 1.45pm update.  —  David Willetts is really on the case now: … This has just been emailed to me:  —  "In response to news that the Foreign Office …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Michael Hirsh: Bush is taking the Israeli Line  —  I don't normally read Time or Newsweek, but I surfed into this attempt to blame the presumably now-inevitable-forthcoming-war-with- Iran on Bush.  It's sort of like Seymour Hersh without such fabulous sources as "former Pentagon consultants" and others around the Star Trek bar.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Ray Rivera / New York Times:
Governor Accused of Betraying Principles  —  Gov. Eliot Spitzer's retreat from his plan to permit illegal immigrants to obtain the same kind of driver's licenses as other New Yorkers drew angry reactions yesterday from civil liberties advocates and immigrant groups, some of whom described the shift as a stunning betrayal.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Pundit
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"I want the Sharia law imposed in my country"
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Bullying exaggerated, says expert
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Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Rudy, the Values Slayer
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Edwards: 2-year ban on new drug ads
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19 states now enjoy 'shoot first' laws
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Gary Schmitt / Weekly Standard:
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