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11:25 AM ET, October 29, 2007


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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Polls don't reflect Obama's star power  —  The Democrat creates a stir wherever he goes, but runs far behind Clinton nationally.  Some observers are puzzled; others say he's too gentle.  —  DES MOINES — Hutton Street, a modest, racially mixed working-class neighborhood on the city's east side …
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Foreign Policy Grown-Up  —  Where Clinton Stands Out Among the Democrats  —  So now Barack Obama has come out swinging against Hillary Clinton.  After months of gentlemanly restraint, he accuses her of poll-tested, triangulated dissembling.  It's true that Clinton has ducked questions …
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Tancredo says he's leaving Congress  —  Even if he loses his long-shot bid for the White House, Rep. Tom Tancredo will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2008.  —  Tancredo, 61 , waited until after the Colorado Rockies' last out of the World Series on Sunday night …
CNN Political Ticker:   Tancredo puts all his chips on White House bid
New Hampshire Union Leader:
Gregg to join Romney at State House  —  CONCORD - U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg is endorsing Mitt Romney today as the former Massachusetts governor files as an official candidate in the New Hampshire presidential primary.  —  Sen. Judd Gregg says he "never thought I'd endorse a governor of Massachusetts …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Gregg to endorse Romney
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fearing Fear Itself  —  In America's darkest hour, Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged the nation not to succumb to "nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror."  But that was then.  —  Today, many of the men who hope to be the next president — including all of the candidates with a significant chance …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: G.I. Joe was just a toy, wasn't he?  —  Hollywood now proposes that in a new live-action movie based on the G.I. Joe toy line, Joe's — well, "G.I." — identity needs to be replaced by membership in an "international force based in Brussels."
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Right Wing News
Studs Terkel / New York Times:
The Wiretap This Time  —  EARLIER this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the White House agreed to allow the executive branch to conduct dragnet interceptions of the electronic communications of people in the United States.  They also agreed to "immunize" American telephone companies …
Rick Jacobs / The Huffington Post:
Ann Coulter: On the Gay Circuit in West Hollywood  —  We had dinner last night at Murano, a new West Hollywood restaurant, owned by gay circuit party promoter Jeffrey Sanker, and lesbian night club owners Robin Gans and Sandy Sachs.  It's a visually stunning space, straight lines …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
U.S. Guns Behind Cartel Killings in Mexico  —  TIJUANA, Mexico — Assassins blasted Ricardo Rosas Alvarado, a member of an elite state police force, with a blizzard of bullets pumped out of AK-47 assault rifles.  —  Alvarado crumpled at the wheel of his sedan, yet another victim of the weapons known here as …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
First Read: Democrats targeting McConnell?  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Is there a new GOP Senate seat now on the Democratic target list?  A new Research 2000 poll matches up Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell against a number of potential Democratic challengers.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments  —  The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
Discussion: The Swamp and Rook's Rant
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on Exxon Valdez verdict  —  The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to rule on the legality of the $2.5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil Corp. and its shipping subsidiary for the massive oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989 — an incident that has sparked …
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
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Malcolm Nance / SWJ Blog:
Waterboarding is Torture... Period
Discussion: Firedoglake
John Fund / Opinion Journal:
'Fairness' Is Foul  —  Liberals vs. the First Amendment.
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
How America must handle the falling dollar
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Colbert Nation Quickly Colonizes Facebook
Discussion: techPresident
Associated Press:
Clinton, Giuliani top picks for costumes
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Huckabee stirs up third-party fear
James Carroll / Boston Globe:
Giuliani's iron fist
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Gary Shapiro / New York Sun:
Bastiat Meets His Match as Indian Writer Wins Prize
 Earlier Items: 
Opinion Journal:
Torturing Mukasey  —  The judge becomes a pawn in the politics of interrogation.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
U.S. Promises on Darfur Don't Match Actions
New York Times:
Trash Talking World War III
Discussion: Norwegianity and cab drollery
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Laura Bush accuses Dems of demagoguery on SCHIP
Saudi king chides UK on terrorism
Peterhamby / CNN Political Ticker:
Obama supporter: 'God delivered me from homosexuality'
Confederate Yankee:
A Point of Honor  —  Scott Beauchamp doesn't matter.